Shades of Gray

U.S. Constitution – Old and Terse? Really?

Posted in Constitution, SCOTUS by Wayland Abernathy III on February 19, 2012

Paula Priesse posted a thought-provoking bit of news on her Facebook page today.

I thought about laughing, but then I know that won’t do any good. I thought about crying, but there isn’t much I can do about the loss of common sense in our country. I thought about sending off a tersely worded message to Mr. Liptak, but that just did not feel right (no pun intended) to me. Here I sit, clicking away on the keyboard, feeling better about things with every word that shows up on the monitor in front of me.

After checking out what Adam Liptak had to say I realize that some folks will not be happy until they can re-write the ‘square’ Constitution and make it fit into a ’round’ hole. If the Obama administration could re-write the Constitution (or seek an edit through appointees to the U.S. Supreme Court) they would be in heaven. Our Congress seems hellbent on making the Constitution fit their laws, instead of using the Constitution as the backbone of any and all legislation being thrust down upon the good folks of this country.

If there is something in the Constitution that bothers you, work to amend the offensive wording. If that seems too difficult for you, sorry. There is a reason that our founding document has lasted so long. It actually is difficult to change the Constitution on a whim. Thank God for that. This country would have ceased to exist some time ago if amendments could be made to satisfy any and all requests. I view this as a protection of the people from the very elected officials that swore an oath to uphold the ideals within the Constitution.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Supreme Court seems to agree that the U.S. Constitution is an old fuddy-duddy. “I would not look to the United States Constitution if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012,” she said. She recommended, instead, the South African Constitution, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms or the European Convention on Human Rights

For those folks that espouse looking to other “newer, sexier and more powerful” Constitutions, I humbly suggest moving to your new country and immersing yourself in their laws. Have fun with it. Live your dream.

Don’t force me to live your dream with you.

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