The "Living Constitution" LieSubmitted by thenung on Mon, 02/11/2013 - 12:59
"'Let us not make it a blank paper by construction. . . If it is, then we have no Constitution.' - Thomas Jefferson
One of the most destructive ideas in American politics is the belief in a "living" Constitution; the idea that the meaning of our Constitution changes with the times and our experiences. This "loose constructionist" argument has, as Thomas Jefferson feared, turned the Constitution into a blank document, free for anyone in a position of authority to interpret as they see fit.
Anyone with a brain can understand that "loose" construction of the Constitution is an excuse for politicians to pay lip service to the document when it fits in with their agenda, but then totally ignore it when the want to do something that should be illegal. In his book The Revolution: A Manifesto, Ron Paul describes the inevitable result of a Constitution with no objective meaning..."
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