Sunday, May 13, 2012

Constitution, Jefferson & Whaling

Much (Too much and in a  too expansive SCOTUS opinion written by an one-time, active, member of the KKK.) has been made as to President Thomas Jefferson's private letter noting his support of the "separation of church and state". Below is his view, also in a private letter, as to interpreting the Constitution.

"On every question of construction carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text or invented against it, conform to to the probable one in which it was passed. "

Please specially note that the term "trying" was used as in "boiling down" something (eg Whale blubber or the Constitution) to obtain what the actors wish (eg Whale oil or perverse decisions by judges "making law from the bench")

Please specially note that Wisconsin's applicable constitutional amendment was subject to repeated votes of our democratically elected legislators and by a direct, democratic and secret vote of the People.

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