A Living Constitution Provides No Stability

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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I’ve written a lot regarding the Constitution over the years – although not usually two days in row. Most times the topic boils down to a choice between the stability of originalism or the chaos of the co-called “living document.” This has been a great debate since the dawn of the progressive era.

In 2006 Elliott Mincberg, the vice president of the ultra lefty group “People for the American Way” said: “It was the framers intent that the Constitution would adapt to changing circumstances.” In other words, a living Constitution.

Most would be surprised that, in my opinion, the founders would agree with Mr. Mincberg – although I guarantee they would not agree with his method of change.

That same year Todd Gaziono of the Heritage Foundation said: “Original intent is the only legitimate means of interpretation under our written Constitution and all other philosophies are illegitimate.” Mr. Gaziono is also correct.

Okay, both can’t be correct. Obviously the “living Constitution” crowd is wrong because, as we all know, the left has no desire to amend the Constitution. They instead see fit to usurp the Constitution by means of laws, court precedents and presidential decrees.  read more

Recognizing the Statist Utopian Nightmare

by: the Common Constitutionalist 

The liberal mind may be the most illogical and oxymoronic thing on the planet. They are constantly trying to “improve” the human condition by affecting human nature via legislation and regulation.

 

The problem is that human nature is what it is. Humans aren’t perfect. That’s what God intended and no governmental organization has been or will be able to regulate or legislate that out of us.

 

Oh, they’ll try and for a while it may even appear successful. But eventually that utopian dream will be exposed as the nightmare that it is and come crashing down.

 

The question is: why does it always have to escalate to the point of “crashing”?

 

That, as everything else, always comes down to human nature. Liberals feel, they don’t think. They are also quite myopic, singularly focused, that is, they don’t see the big picture. It may be that they are incapable of doing so, and because of that, they don’t see it as a shortcoming. read more

Hyper Educated Conservatives

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Have you noticed we conservatives complain a lot? It’s not as if we aren’t justified. Just look around at the country, the world. Progressivism, statism running rampant, affecting every facet of our lives. We do have plenty to complain about.

 

We see “The American Way” being eroded to the point where it is unrecognizable, although when you think about it, have any of us really seen or experienced the “American Way”? Not really – not even close. At least, not as the founders had envisioned.

 

Yet here we are. We get together virtually every day to lament a lost vision and discuss our disappointments. We don’t merely disseminate information; we air our disappointment in someone or something.

 

People like John McCain and Lindsey Graham consistently frustrate us, although I’m not sure why anymore. It would be more of a shock if either ever uttered anything conservative.

 

No, I’m talking about those we thought conservative but turned out to have fooled us completely or come out supporting something we firmly oppose. Those who give us pause and we say, “Gee, I really thought he was a conservative”, or at least conservative enough to support. read more