The above is the original title of an op-ed penned by 4th Circuit Court Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III for the New York Times, which was reprinted in The Virginian-Pilot today.
The risks of continuing our present constitutional course are grave. One faction risks damage to the nation at large, the other to the vital roles of smaller communities. All factions owe their fellow citizens the hope and the prospect of democratic change, not the message that their views have been constitutionally condemned and their opponents’ views carved in the stone of our founding charter.
The judge has been consistent in his writings about protecting the constitution. In this 2006 piece, he argued against the constitutionalization of family law.
A young Wilkinson wrote a pretty thorough book on Harry Byrd, which certainly has helped to shape my thinking on both the subject and the writer.
This latest missive is well worth a read – and consideration.