U.S. Constitution a living document not set in stone

December 28, 2013 

I have long observed that many on the right, and especially the fringes, make the argument that the United States Constitution is set in stone rather than being the living, breathing document that it is, subject to (hopefully) an ever-evolving society.

Hence, it was fascinating to read that a Republican-appointed federal district judge (Richard J. Leon), in opposition to the current U.S. administration regarding the National Security Agency, wrote in his opinion last week, "People in 2013 have an entirely different relationship with phones than they did 34 years ago."

So, try this thought experiment: Go back and read the aforementioned George W. Bush's judicial appointee and his present, even "radical," application of the Fourth Amendment, and then substitute the word "phones" with "guns"; and then, substitute the number "34" with "224." Interesting.

Lance Abbring


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