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The Constitution is a written instrument. As such, its meaning does not alter. That which it meant when it was adopted, it means now. — SOUTH CAROLINA v. US, 199 U.S. 437, 448 (1905)

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That's not what I was taught in public school! I remember the phrase "living document" was used. It always sounded like :censored: to me when the teacher said that. How could a written document mean anything but what it says and what the writer meant it to say?
 

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I would say I'm suprised that the Supreme Court isn't following its own precedent, but I'm not.

Or as one of my professors puts it. "If a word can mean anything, it means nothing" If the constitution is a "living document" it really is worthless.
 

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I think I know which professor that was.
 
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