‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’
‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’
‘The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.’
Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass 1871
Justice John Paul Stevens upcoming book Six Amendments How and Why We Should Change the Constitution has produced plenty of pieces from the Washington Post’s The five extra words that can fix the Second Amendment to Steve Eggleston’s Six reasons why I’m glad John Paul Stevens is no longer an active judge.
While opinions on the retired Justice’s Democrat wish list generally follow one’s political allegiance, I think folks are missing the real significance of Justice Stevens’ work.
By declaring the constitution needs phrases allowing the restriction of money as a form of speech, limiting the reach of the 10th & 11th amendments, specifying the death penalty as cruel & unusual punishment and explicitly stating the right to bear arms exists only for the purpose of a militia he is in effect declaring, in a very public way, that no matter how much he might wish it did, the constitution as written doesn’t do any of these things.
Whatever Justice Stevens purpose in writing his book, the essential effect of this volume is to give all those who wish to advance conservative jurisprudence a powerful argument against the left’s quest to substitute liberal opinion for the Constitution’s carefully chosen words and highly debated words.
I’m simply delighted and I thank the Justice, he has unwittingly done conservatism a great service.
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