Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Show Must Go.

A call for restraint rooted in constitutional text. – an excellent article by Charles Krauthammer examines the impact of the revived debate over the importance and meaning of the Constitution. He discusses the current debate over the “power, scope and reach of the government.”

The full article is at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/06/AR2011010604379.html

He ties constitutionalism to the judicial idea of original intent,

“Call it constitutionalism. In essence, constitutionalism is the intellectual counterpart and spiritual progeny of the "originalism" movement in jurisprudence. Judicial "originalists" (led by Antonin Scalia and other notable conservative jurists) insist that legal interpretation be bound by the text of the Constitution as understood by those who wrote it and their contemporaries. Originalism has grown to become the major challenger to the liberal "living Constitution" school, under which high courts are channelers of the spirit of the age, free to create new constitutional principles accordingly.”

I think that he has a very accurate view of our current constitutional “revival,” as it were. What do you think? Is this all for show, or will it be a lasting return to the idea of limited government?

Joel Grewe

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