Samuel Adams: “The Constitution is Fixed”
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Samuel Adams: “The Constitution is Fixed”

August 23, 2019


In all free states, the Constitution is fixed. A lot of people believe that the Constitution means what the supreme court tells us it means, until it changes its mind, of course. This is really the basis of what’s known as “living constitutionalism.” That is, the political climate determines what the constitution means, and that meaning can change as needed. People who support this view claim it’s required because an 18th century document needs to be updated to deal with modern times and issues. They even rightly say that the Founders could never foresee everything we have to deal with today and in the future. But they conveniently ignore the fact that the Constitution included a mechanism to do just that. They also ignore the fact that the constitution is a legal document. Can you imagine signing a contract for someone to manage part of a business, but giving them the power to unilaterally change that agreement without your input? No one in their right mind would agree to such a thing. The founders warned us that if the government could determine the extent of its own power, we shouldn’t be surprised if that power would grow and grow and grow, no matter who’s in charge. Samuel Adams put it this way: “In all free states the constitution is fixed, and as the supreme legislative derives its power and authority from the constitution, it cannot overleap the bounds of it without destroying its own foundation.”

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