This study examines the irreconcilable demands of American contradicting political mythology and how this dynamic is played out in the arena of constitutional law and the U.S. Supreme Court. The author suggests that conflicting idealism is essential to freedom as it checks powerful political agendas from the right and from the left, and demonstrates that the Supreme Court is uniquely positioned to promote this idealism.
Kerry Hunter is Professor of Political Philosophy and Constitutional Law at Albertson College of Idaho.
List of Illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Mythical Ideals in American Political Culture; 2. American Mythology and Controlling Government; 3. The Myths of Republicanism; 4. The Inadequacies of Judicial Philosophies; 5. Preserving Myth: The Essential Role; Selected Bibliography; Index.