There seems no exit now from the “monster of Monticello” — the headline
that blazoned across the unbearably light op-ed pages of The New York
Times not long ago. Not since George III has there been such a deep and
venomous chant hurled at Jefferson, the father of American vision and
transcendence. And coming from these thin reeds — Bono visits these
pages on occasion — it brings palpitations. The piece was soon followed
by another op-ed proposing America acknowledge that the U.S.
Constitution is filled with “archaic, idiosyncratic and downright evil
provisions,” and we should extricate ourselves from its bondage and move
toward an “unwritten constitution,” like that of Britain. Got the
picture. And New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, from one of the newer royal New
York families, says he intends to ban guns there and other states will
follow. Note to the young prince: I’ve been to the other states.
Probably Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont will follow. Most of the
And rural distant quarters of Massachusetts want to keep Christian groups out of schools, The Wall Street Journal reports. There are a lot of Buddhists in that region, including myself. I recently attended a Buddhist funeral at one such school. There may be a way to do these things. Virginia legislator Jim LeMunyon has long called for a Constitutional Convention. Massachusetts and New York might sign on with the 20-some other states to pitch their pleas.
Possibly New York’s nostalgia for the bucolic pre-constitutional state is just the afterglow of the delightful Downton Abbey; we default back every 20 years or so to England, like the Alaska sled dogs that need to breed to the wolf every third generation to keep their vigor. And New York probably does have greater kinship to London than it does, say, to Boston or Philadelphia. Or Dallas, or Raleigh or Deadhorse or Scottsdale, where it has none. But before they sign on to the new living constitution “like Britain’s,” bear in mind that when it comes to it, Queen Elizabeth II, acting within the constraints of “convention and precedent,” does have a say ( in declaring war, making peace, directing the actions of the military and negotiating and ratifying treaties, alliances and international agreements, etc.) and that is what makes it “living” — it can change with the times. Which may not be so bad, but how about Prince Charles? Or Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, she of the very large hat?
But then maybe young Andy is the man who would be king. Or Mike Bloomberg.