THIS MORNING’S DISCUSSION COME JOIN IN – The Republican Coffee Corner with Angela
As most of you already know, my husband is Allen West. (I am the “introverted”, side of the duo. That being said, I started this page to address some of the questions and concerns I have noticed being voiced by conservatives who are in dismay constantly with some of the issues going on with this administration…….. I have read and heard the words “ The Constitution is being violated” and “My rights are being trampled”. The raison d’être for this particular question today lies within the context of the following issues:
. Gun Control
. Religious freedom as it relates to companies and their rights pertaining to contraception
Rules of this discussion: Please refrain from name calling, condemning, judgmental scripture quoting, or other types of vitriol. We get plenty of that in the main stream media and liberal “funny” people who try to stifle you with ridicule. As conservatives we must learn to answer these challenges thoughtfully. We will not solve all the problems of the day but this might be a start…..
There are really three parts to this question, the first was is the Constitution a living document? Not a new question at all. If you think about it, this has been tackled many times in the past. The other two parts of the question this morning pertain each to the first two articles of the Bill of Rights. I know that many of you feel very passionate about each of these so I felt that it is an important beginning. Please keep the discussion within the three current issues. We will expand during the upcoming weeks!
There are two schools of thought regarding the Constitution as a living document, first those who believe it to be a living document say that “The Constitution is a document that explains our nation’s guiding principles and the rights guaranteed to all U.S. citizens. Many countries have constitutions. But our Constitution is the oldest written national constitution in existence. Because it has passed the test of time, many countries have used it as a model for their constitutions. “ Simply put, the constitution just provides a “guiding principal” which can be adapted to the modern day problems. These people refer to themselves as “pragmatists”, they believe that the interpretation of the constitution according to “outdated” views is unacceptable as a matter of policy At least one of the Founding Fathers cited the need to interpret the Constitution in light of changing circumstances: Thomas Jefferson wrote “I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind.”
On the other side of the coin, lies the “originalists” — those who believe that the Constitution should only be changed only through the amendment process and that allowing judges to interpret the constitution “impedes democracy.” In other words, strict interpretation and changes only through amendments.
Let’ s now discuss the three issues current issues — the, there are many more, as we are really in the process of “fundamental change” in the United States as promised in the first term by the President, “ A Bill of Rights is an example of constitutional rights that outline the privileges and freedoms that every American within the jurisdiction of the United States of America is to enjoy and never to be denied of. An example of such constitutional rights include the right of suffrage, religious freedom, freedom of speech, and the right to bear arms. The United States as a federal government also has state constitutions, which can provide for additional rights or protection to individuals who reside within the state’s jurisdiction. However, it is possible for individuals to be deprived of their constitutional rights if they have committed an offense of a severe nature”.
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