Saturday, November 13, 2010

I Pity the Fool!

...who says, "The Constitution is a living document"; that it means whatever -- or nothing -- and in so doing, removing all protection from tyranny and the usurpation of our natural rights. Their intention, of course, is to provide the people who will be doing the interpreting: Highly educated and nuanced progressive scholars, who will render politically-correct progressive interpretations. The actual result is that whomever happens to be in power will render whatever interpretation suits them. It's all sweetness and light when progressives happen to be in power, but watch out if that isn't the case! The only way that the Constitution can provide actual protection for everyone is, if it says what it means, and means what it says.

For a more concrete example, consider the following thought experiment: Instead of the Constitution, let's say we're talking about your labor union contract. Let's say it is a living document. As long as the union defines what it means, everything is fine (from the union's perspective). But let's suppose instead, that the employer gets to decide. Who decides who gets do decide? Why or why not? The union contract provides protection to both parties, and they both have a legitimate stake in a fair and consistent contract.

Let's try another thought experiment: Think of the Constitution as a specification. The US Government is the implementation of the spec. Computers, bridges, airplanes, automobiles, houses... all have specifications -- the blueprint for how the thing goes together, how it works. If an engineer or machinist decides the spec is a "living document", all hell breaks loose, resulting in a failure to operate properly, or even death. If your computer doesn't follow the spec, your games and financial software won't run, the machine won't boot, or it bursts into flame -- depending on what part doesn't follow the spec.

We can't rely on highly educated and nuanced progressive scholars, who will render politically-correct progressive interpretations. The Constitution requires popular enforcement, by ordinary people who can read it, understand it, and vote accordingly for politicians who will honestly answer the question, "Where in the Constitution did We the People give you the authority to do that?"

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