Our Founding Fathers constructed our Constitution explicitly to protect the rights of the minority from the will of the majority. The unelected nature of our Supreme Court justices, now receiving much attention in the blogosphere, is one of the most tangible signs of this intent. The Founders wanted the justices beholden only to their conscience, not to an election cycle, popular sentiment, or special interests. Our two chambers of Congress, one responsive to the majority, through a need to run for re-election every two years, with the other able to act in longer-term interests, is another part of this design. This protection of minority rights is a crucial component of our national DNA, and, I would argue, is the single most distinguishing characteristic of our city on the hill.
The Founding Fathers understood well the power of the majority to oppress the rights of the minority, so clearly and repeatedly demonstrated in history. They wanted America to be different, to be special. It has been, and it is. Yesterday we demonstrated that yet again to the world, standing up for equality and for the dignity of every human being created in the image of God. Jesus stood for the rights of all, whether or not society agreed with Him; He also modelled overwhelming love. Yesterday, the Supreme Court handed down a decision which supports both love and human rights. Love…and America…won.
“I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life…And how stands the city on this winter night?…After 200 years, two centuries, she still stands strong, and true to the granite ridge, and her glow has held no matter what storm. And she’s still a beacon, a magnet for all who must have freedom, for all the pilgrims from all the lost places who are hurtling through the darkness, toward home.” –Ronald Reagan, January 11, 1989 farewell address