It took a long time and a lot of hardship to achieve Magna Carta, the Constitution of the United States, and the Bill of Rights. It’s curious — frightening really — how quick and easy it is to roll things back. Free speech? What a quaint idea. We don’t do that any more. The Second Amendment? We have a “living Constitution” here, my friend, and the Second Amendment is a dead letter in this enlightened world. It would be an interesting exercise to go through the Constitution and show how provision after provision, originally designed to protect people from the state, has been hollowed out, interpreted into oblivion, or turned on its head by leftists who regard the Constitution more as a weapon than a protection. The hill is difficult on the climb up, a snap on the ride down. It’s the getting back up against that’s the problem.
The friend who sent the the passage from Herbert ended with this paraphrase of Christopher Marlow’s Mephistopheles, “Why this is hell, nor are we out of it.”