The Living, Breathing -- DEAD Constitution
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
The US Constitution is NOT flexible.
It was never intended to be flexible. That's why there are provisions
for amending the constitution when sufficient numbers of citizens agree
an amendment is needed.
At RenewAmerica.com, Edward Daly writes: "Many
judges these days like to refer to the Constitution of the United
States as a "living, breathing document," implying that its text is
designed to be flexible. It is not. The Constitution is a set of rules,
and like any other set of rules, it is meant to be strict and
uncompromising. Of course, the Constitution can be modified through the
amendment process, but once ratified, any amendment becomes like the
rest of the Constitution; rigid.
And while any amendment may be
repealed, as was the case with the 18th Amendment (The Prohibition Act),
until that happens, it is just as concrete as any other part of the
Constitution, and not subject to interpretation beyond the literal
meaning of its text. The Constitution does not live, breath, or do the
cha-cha, for that matter. It is in many ways an instructional manual for
the way our country was designed to run, and amending it is very
serious business." SOURCE: http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/daley/050324
the constitution means what it says, or it is of no account -- totally
useless -- and the US is adrift in a sea of utter confusion, ripe for
take over by tyrannical forces already tethered deep inside our
It is a common expression of the Progressives (read: Marxists) that the constitution is a living, breathing, document. I know it is not. YOU know it is not, and THEY know it is not. BUT -- our children don't. And they won't -- unless parents teach them the truth.
More and more our public schools (read: indoctrination centers)
are dropping Civics/government/social studies from the curriculum of
their schools. Our young scholars are graduating and entering adult life
without a clue as to how the US government works. They are ignorant of
our founding documents. They don't know squat about the constitution. That
makes them vulnerable to the protestations from the leftist Marxists
that the constitution is a living, breathing, document and open to
interpretation -- or even change -- on a whim of the government.
Hey! This is how the progressives/Marxists have been making inroads
into the political thinking of American society over the past decades. "Get 'em when their young and you'll have 'em forever."
constitution is writ in stone! If you want to change it, you must
carve another stone, as an amendment, and stand it alongside the
original. The original constitution is simply not open to interpretation.
at it. Read it. A grammar school kid can understand it. The founders
took great pains to make the constitution eminently readable and
In a letter to Henry Lee in 1824, James Madison, considered the “father” of the Constitution, wrote:
entirely concur in the propriety of resorting to the sense in which the
Constitution was accepted and ratified by the nation. In that sense
alone it is the legitimate Constitution. And if that be not the guide
in expounding it, there can be no security for a consistent and stable,
more than for a faithful exercise of its powers.” SOURCE: http://www.truenorthquest.com/constitution-living-breathing-document/
Please note the line in Madison's letter in which he says: "In that sense alone it is the legitimate Constitution." In other words, change the original "sense"(The meaning) of it -- and it is NO LONGER THE US CONSTITUTION!
Look at what is happening today, right this moment, in our national
government. Bills have been introduced in the Congress that would
simply ignore the constitution.
All those gun control bills and
gun banning bills simply ignore the original sense, the original
wording, of the Second Amendment to the US Constitution. The Second
Amendment clearly states that the right of the people to keep and bear
arms shall not be "infringed."
Infringed means to commit a breach or infraction of; to violate or transgress.
put, the very words of the Second Amendment say -- and mean -- that the
right to keep and bear arms is absolute, sacrosanct, cannot be changed,
cannot be denied -- in other words, there is not a damned thing the
government can do to take the guns of American citizens.
they are trying their dead-level best to do just that. And they are
counting on the support of those adults who passed through our
government schools in which they were indoctrinated that the
constitution is a living, breathing, document. Those American have,
most likely, never heard of Madison's letter to Henry Lee way back in
1824. (Some, no doubt, have never even heard of James Madison.) I would warrant most have never, ever, read the constitution, either.
Allow me to inquire -- why are we allowing this farce to continue?
If they get away with it, it means they can simply ignore more of the
constitution at will. It means they can change the "sense" of the
constitution from the sense/meaning in which it was ORIGINALLY accepted
and ratified. If they get their way, the constitution will not be worth the paper it is written on.
support by the Mainstream Media of the Marxist efforts to reinterpret
the Second Amendment would be funny were it not so serious. ("Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools ..." -- Romans 1:22 -- New Testament ) They
do not seem to grasp that if the sense/meaning of the Second Amendment
can be changed -- and allowed by the courts to stand -- then the
sense/meaning of the First Amendment can, likewise, be changed.
Look. The very on-going efforts to re-interpret, or change the sense/meaning of the Second Amendment, is an act of tyranny. The constitution, itself, forbids exactly what they are trying to do.
2014 elections are a couple of years away (at this writing) and it will
be our first chance at removing the proponents of a living, breathing,
constitution from office. In the meantime, we ought to be demanding
the resignation of every Senator and every Congressperson supporting the
effort to "infringe" upon the Second Amendment and we ought to demand
the President resign, as well.
This is quickly becoming more than just a fight to keep our guns. This is a fight to maintain our rights under the US Constitution, our freedom and our liberty.
This is a fight for freedom.
© J. D. Longstreet