I am a conservative and I believe we have strayed from the Constitution
I am a conservative and I believe we have not strayed from the Constitution
I am a liberal and I believe we have strayed from the Constitution
I am a liberal and I believe we have not strayed from the Constitution
I am other/independent and I believe we have strayed from the Constitution
I am other/independent and I believe we have not strayed from the Constitution
Other- please explain
If you build a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day.
If you set a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
For liberals, add "non-" in front of "originalist" and copy and paste the rest.
Then you have your pragmatist folks in the middle, technically non-originalist but not what most would consider "liberal".
All of these camps and many subcategories are considered legitimate, accepted methods of constitutional interpretation.
Whose vision of the constitution and its principles are we supposed to have strayed from, when, and how?
It could always be worse.
No Lives Matter
I believe we're steadily moving towards constitutionality. The 14th amendment is only like half way implemented for example. We're still way short both in terms of the equal protection and due process clauses, but we've been slowly moving towards compliance ever since it was signed in.
Says so, right there in the Preamble.
To effect this more perfect union, the Constitution put limits on the powers the federal government can do, and explicitly listed the powers the Congress actually has (Article 1, Section 8), and to further limit how the government can intrude on the people, the Bill of Rights, the first Ten Amendments, was ratified.
"Equality before the law" wasn't Constitutionally embodied until the Fourteenth Amendment, seventy years after the Constitution was first ratified.
But equality before the law is certainly an original founding concept one can see throughout the Constiution, the Declaration of Independence, and common American perception before and after the Revolution.
Have our government exceeded it's Constitutional bounds?
Well, no where in Article 1, Section 8 is authority granted to Congress to dictate seat-belt policy to the states, to run a national retirement plan (Social Security), to nationalize the nation's health care industry, to create the Federal Reserve, to regulate rape or gun ownership under the Interstate Commerce Clause, to transfer money from working people to people who don't work (welfare/unemployment "insurance", ag subsidies, etc.)
The First Amendment says that the Congress shall pass no law abridging freedom of speech or the press. The McCain-Feingold Save the Incumbents Campaign Finance "Reform" Law, signed by Bush and allowed by the US Supreme Court, abridges freedom of speech for both the press and the people.
That the it was recently necessary for the United States Supreme Court to issue a ruling that the Second Amendment is in fact a personal individual right only highlights the fact that government on all levels has been violating the Second Amendment for decades.
Even the foolish people on the Left think there's something wrong with the PATRIOT Act, though most of them wouldn't be able to tell what.
The trials, ie, multiple, of the arresting officers of Rodney King are a clear violation of double jeopardy, and hence clearly evidence of a government outside it's Constitution.
How much evidence do people need to see this?