July 4 Series Launch; Biden’s Shortfall; the Nation’s North Star

Good morning. It’s Thursday, July 2, 2020. On this date in 1976, Gerald R. Ford went to the National Archives and paid homage to the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, which he called “the great charters of American liberty.”
Rereading that speech today, in America’s unsettling year of pandemic, lockdown, and racial turmoil, it’s striking how clearly President Ford favored Thomas Jefferson’s call to arms in the Declaration over the Founders’ collective compromise in the Constitution — even though the latter document has proven a more malleable map in negotiating the twists and…