Dan Popp
The "living Constitution" has died
By Dan Popp
January 26, 2020

I haven't been paying much attention to the Democrat Self-Removal show on TV. Somebody please let me know when the President Pence t-shirts will be available. But one thing I have heard from Speaker Pelosi and others is that the Democrats impeached President Trump to "protect the Constitution."

The what?

Leftists have discovered the Constitution? And they're not only big fans, but defenders? Is that a joke?

For the last 40 years at least, the forces of uncivilization have told us that the Constitution doesn't mean what it says. In fact, words themselves are indecipherable and amorphous on that very strange, very old document written by very bad people. The Constitution is not the National Restraining Order against government, as understood by those who ratified it. No, it is a "living document," meaning – well, basically meaning that it has no meaning.

Or rather, it means whatever we wish.

But the "we" who wish to make No mean Yes are not the entire body of citizens. Nor even the majority. The "we" who see emanations and penumbras, who invent new excuses for unfettered force in the name of "rights," are simply those in power.

So it turns out that the effect of a "living Constitution" is to allow the powerful to do whatever they want. A living Constitution is an anti-Constitution. Of course. But now leftists have shown us that they know that. Nancy Pelosi just implicitly admitted that their "living document" claptrap is a lie.

The Speaker has tipped the barbarians' hand: the Constitution means what it says it means when it suits their purposes. Logically, then, when they claim it means something else, the difference lies in their purposes, not in the Constitution. It can't be both living and non-living.

Now they want the powerful (other than themselves) to be hampered, hobbled and hemmed-in by the Constitution. Suddenly words on parchment have fixed meanings. "No one is above the law!" shrieked several Democrats. OK, nice, better late than never. But if we're back in Lex Rex mode, there can be no benevolent potters molding the ever-slippery clay of the Constitution. One can't bow to the law as its servant and stand above it as master. The social engineers will have to find honest work. "No one is above the law" MEANS YOU.

I think President Trump should go to the Senate and say, "Hey, thanks for coming to my rally today. You know, we've got the best Constitution. Really great. It's a living document, as you know. And it's changing all the time. Today it reads, 'Free Ice Cream for Everyone, with Extra Penumbras.' Have a nice day, see you in November."

Then leftists could tell us how their living Constitution died.

It seems that Democrats now agree with that horrible old white guy, George Washington: "The Constitution which at any time exists, 'till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole People, is sacredly obligatory upon all."

A new day dawns. The Constitution has been found, and embraced. It means what it says. All those in government are constrained by it, and limited to only a few enumerated powers. The utopian state was built on a lie. It must be torn down.

So says Nancy Pelosi.

© Dan Popp


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