U.S. Constitution designed to be a living document

June 27, 2013 

Two letters in Sunday's Opinion section present such a distorted picture of U.S. constitutional law and government policy they must have been chosen to provoke public comment. They certainly hooked me!

After the original Constitution was completed and signed into law, the first 10 amendments (modification/changes), known today as the Bill of Rights, were ratified by both houses of Congress, as required by Article 5 of the original document.

Another 17 amendments have been approved over time by following the same procedure. This historical background is a crystal clear picture of a "living" document, intended by the Founders to be able to change with the modernization of our country and times.

Though the Constitution was created as the backbone of our legal system, the Founders never intended the law to be the supreme authority that governs our lives. That power was reserved for citizen-voters acting through national elections for the first time in world history.

The most disturbing factor in today's national governance is the ease and finality of the Obama administration's ability to overcome and ignore constitutional law. They did so by taking the country to the brink of bankruptcy repeatedly, forcing Congress to pass budgets that added trillions more to our national debt, and giving some of this fictitious wealth to non-workers.

A little more than 126 million voted in last year's presidential election, about 52 percent of those eligible. Almost the same number didn't bother to vote. How sad to witness the demise of the world's greatest nation, slipping quietly below seventh place among the world's wealthiest countries and picking up speed to ever-lower insignificance.

Richard Evanson


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