Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Jefferson and the living laws

"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. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors."
-Thomas Jefferson

When I was wandering through the Cherry Blossoms last week with my mom, I saw those words on the Jefferson Memorial. It is a stirring reminder that even Jefferson saw the Constitution as a living document, not the static, strict construction that conservatives would argue. We shall see if the justices remember such advice as they decide the health care law.

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