Thursday, April 27, 2006

A "Living Constitution" Means Anything and Everything

Keith Burgess-Jackson (AnalPhilosopher) points out that the

editors of The New York Times, in their infinite wisdom, conclude that capital punishment violates the United States Constitution. See here. In this, they disagree with the framers of the Constitution, who wrote that "No person shall . . . be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law." I go with the framers. You?

Me? I'm with the Framers. But then, I don't believe in the "living Constitution," wherein one may find anything one wants to find, not only deep in the penumbras but also in open contradiction with the Framers' plain words.