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    Are you a Literal Constitutionalist?

    Simple question. Are you a Literal Constitutionalist? IE Someone that believes in interpreting the US Constitution in a literal word for word way and leaving out the Spirit of the Law.

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    Re: Are you a Literal Constitutionalist?

    No. First of all, I am not sure it is even possible to be a literal Constitutionalist - as anything written requires interpretation, and almost any text can be interpreted differently. Secondly, when interpreting writing, intent has to be taken into consideration, and anyone who is a strict Constitutionalist fails on that front.
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    Re: Are you a Literal Constitutionalist?

    Nope, in fact I think there's a lot of the Constitution that needs to be seriously updated.
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    Re: Are you a Literal Constitutionalist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Simple question. Are you a Literal Constitutionalist? IE Someone that believes in interpreting the US Constitution in a literal word for word way and leaving out the Spirit of the Law.

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    Not sure that is even possible. Language is not so exact as that anyone can really interpret without some confusion. And I would hope they always seek to meet the spirit of the law, assuming everyone agrees what that was. that said, they do still have to contend with what was written. This is often where disagreements reside.

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    Re: Are you a Literal Constitutionalist?

    Anyone who answers yes in this poll does not understand basic constitutional jurisprudence. According to the basic wording of the constitution, the right to freely assemble, or practice one's religion doesn't actually exist. Oh, and any entity smaller than a state can infringe on them however they want. Oh, and judicial review wouldn't exist either, essentially removing any check on a congressional act besides the presidential veto. Oh, and technically the army is supposed to be completely disbanded every two years. We kinda ignore that limitation on congress' ability to fund an army.

    Most people who call themselves "literalists" actually just want a narrow reading of the commerce clause.
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    Re: Are you a Literal Constitutionalist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    Nope, in fact I think there's a lot of the Constitution that needs to be seriously updated.
    There are things that could use some updating, but I think that is a different issue. We have ana amendment procedure. Nothing wong with working through the process to up date a few things. 2nd amendment comes to mind. Make it clearer one way or the other.

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    Re: Are you a Literal Constitutionalist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Simple question. Are you a Literal Constitutionalist? IE Someone that believes in interpreting the US Constitution in a literal word for word way and leaving out the Spirit of the Law.

    Poll is open.
    Anyone who claims to be a literal constitutionalist is either lying or delusional.

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    Re: Are you a Literal Constitutionalist?

    I think if someone is gonna go full-literal, the Bible is the way to go. It's FAR more intricate and interesting. Sheer number of pages demands its precedence for absolute madness. Don't short-change yourself, go for the big deal.

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    Re: Are you a Literal Constitutionalist?

    The Constitution is a horribly vague document in need of a serious rewrite. It's impossible to interpret it literally without injecting your own views, in part because claiming to interpret it literally IS injecting your own views.
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    Re: Are you a Literal Constitutionalist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    There are things that could use some updating, but I think that is a different issue. We have ana amendment procedure. Nothing wong with working through the process to up date a few things. 2nd amendment comes to mind. Make it clearer one way or the other.
    The problem is, most people are ignorant and we all know that actually amending the Constitution is virtually impossible. There are a lot of things that, while they may have been applicable 240 years ago, simply make little sense today and don't apply to the modern world. As time goes on, the Constitution will continue to become less and less relevant.
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