Living? Breathing?

Words mean things.

And context illuminates meaning.

Context not only includes other words within a given work, but also past and future writings of the authors, and the social and philosophical framework within which the work was produced.

The articles and sections of the Constitution mean things.

And context illuminates meaning.

Progressives view the Constitution as a living, breathing document.  Barak Obama wrote in The Audacity of Hope:

“Ultimately, though, I have to side with Justice Breyer’s view of the Constitution—that it is not a static but rather a living document, and must be read in the context of an ever-changing world.”

In other words, the Constitution means – whatever you want it to mean.

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18th Century Definitions: General Welfare

I was looking through a copy of Samuel Johnson’s “A Dictionary of the English Language“ (published in 1755), and came across a few interesting definitions: General: 1. Comprehending many species or individuals; not special. 3. Not restrained by narrow or distinctive limitations 5. Public; comprising the whole Welfare: 1. Happiness; success; prosperity Clearly, these definitions,…

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