Americans used to believe and were taught that our national foundation, while imperfect, was to create a better world for us and our future generations. And as such, the laws and rules laid down by our founding fathers in documents such as the Constitution were believed to be right and just.
Sure, Democrats and Republicans haven’t quite agreed on just how those laws should be enacted, or the details on they are achieved. But by and large, they have always agreed that actual concepts of the Constitution are just and would continue to be so no matter what era we are living in.
For example, we can all agree that murder is wrong and, therefore, should be punished. How is the part we don’t always see eye to eye on? We also call all agree that freedoms such as religion and speech should be given to all, regardless of their backgrounds. It’s the details of what those freedoms look like that are occasionally contested.
However, it has become clear in recent days that the political left doesn’t necessarily believe in the Constitution anymore, at least not in the way they once did.
And Democratic President Joe Biden just admitted it to the world.
As you well know, Supreme Court Justice and staunch liberal Stephen Breyer recently announced that he will be retiring soon, leaving an open bench seat on the High Court for Biden to replace, supposedly with someone just as liberal, although different in both gender and race.
Naturally, the topic is being discussed at length by just about everyone, including Biden himself, during a meeting with the Senate Judiciary Committee. And it was during this meeting, Biden revealed what he and a great many in his party believe about the Constitution.
He said, “there’s always a renewed national debate every time we nominate… any president nominates justice because the Constitution is always evolving slightly, in terms of additional rights or curtailing rights, etc.”
Wait, the Constitution is ‘evolving,’ as if it’s a living, breathing organism that changes with the coming seasons and tides?
I don’t think so.
To say so would essentially be like saying that murder is only wrong party of the time, or that because the leaders of this day believe in equity over equality, our rights as human beings and citizens of the United States should change.
Naturally, more than a few social media users condemned such an idea. These are likely Republicans who believe that the Constitution is a legal document, as the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia once said.
“The Constitution is not a living organism. It’s a legal document, and it says what it says and doesn’t say what it doesn’t say.”
Honestly, I don’t know how to say it any better.
Basically, that means that it is unchanging and unnegotiable. The ideals it speaks of are the ones our nation was built on and that we have long believed to be necessary to this ‘democratic experiment.’ We can’t just change those ideals because the leading party suddenly envisions a different kind of America.
But apparently, that’s exactly what Biden wants to do.
Now, of course, those in defense of our liberal and demented POTUS have argued that the Constitution does, in fact, change with the help of amendments. And to some degree, that is true.
Proof of that can be found in the fact that the Constitution has been “amended” no less than 27 times since it was ratified in 1788. And to be fair, those amendments have come with the changes we’ve seen in society, such as giving minorities and then women the right to vote.
However, amendments aren’t exactly what is meant when someone refers to a “living” or “evolving” Constitution.
In fact, there is a very legal term known as a “living Constitution,” and it speaks of something completely different than the idea of amending it.
According to The University of Chicago Law School, a living Constitution is one that “evolves, changes over time, and adapts to new circumstances, without being formally amended.” This means that instead of going through the process of amending statutes to clarify something or another, the document is constantly being added to, taken from, and revised without any sort of “formal” process.
And it is this that Biden seems mostly like to be referring to, which makes these six words of his the most horrifying I’ve likely ever heard. I mean, how did we make it to the point where our sitting president no longer believes in the truth of the Constitution?
It’s terrifying, indeed.