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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Constitution as a Living, Breathing Document: Libertarian Talking Points

In this series called "Libertarian Talking Points," we pose a talking point that aims for the heart of an issue - avoiding the "politically safe" answer to actually try and convince people of both the moral and effectual justifications for liberty.

You argue its effectiveness, or propose how to rephrase it to win hearts and minds.

If the topic of viewing the Constitution as a "living" and "breathing" document comes up...

"Yes, the U.S. Constitution is 'living' and 'breathing' in that it is not a static document. It is why amendments exist and the Congressional procedures by which to amend it. But, as for the notion that we should ignore this ritual altogether, and assume the enlightenment of non-democratically elected justices is better able to interpret the Constitution based not on its words, but on today's 'societal necessity', then no. The 'breath' of the U.S. Constitution is based upon the words within it, not our personal desires we wish these words to mean."

Eric Olsen,
Regular Columnist, THL
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