We hear much about Russia, Ukraine, and an endless cast of characters these days (and for good reason), but at the heart of this political moment and struggle lies the viability and enduring character of our entire constitutional and democratic order. How to convey this message to the broader public is a first class challenge to Democratic leaders and everyone who is concerned about our country’s future.

When I was young my marxism (or Marxism-Leninism) on too many days was dismissive of the constitution and “bourgeois democracy,” seeing them simply as the creation and instrument of an ascending capitalist class to legitimize its rule and advance its interests. But like everyone else, I grew up and my views on these matters matured and gained in complexity. Better late than never!