You might not have noticed, but the anniversary of the Constitution just passed. Lately I have become absorbed by the idea of "originalists," those conservatives who claim to take the document at face value. They take great pride in interpreting it exactly the way they think its authors did over 200 years ago. There is logic in this, since it is a set of laws, but they're leaving out one important fact: The Constitution was supposed to be temporary. There was very little agreement on the thing at the time, so the framers made a draft that they intended to change, update, and amend. In fact, they hoped that the same thing would be done every seven years, in perpetuity. If this wasn't true, then they would never have allowed room for... More >>>