As the title of this blog indicates, I have no real desire to be anyone's master. Unfortunately, there are many who do, and Donald Sensing has an excellent post decrying the usurpation of power by the judiciary from the American people. As Rev. Sensing rightly points out, most judicial over-reaching stems from the bizarre concept that the Constitution is a "living document".

Last time I checked, no other legal documents are "living" other than inconvenient constitutions. The reason we write things down is so that there's no misunderstanding or reinterpretation later by one of the parties involved.

For example, I have an employment contract that entitles me to a certain wage and entitles my boss to a certain amount of work. It would be ridiculous for me to sue him for higher pay on the premise that, although my contract specifies a specific rate, he now owes me more because our relationship as "matured". We're each certainly free to renegotiate the contract, or release ourselves from it using the mechanisms it defines, but to simply assert that it now means something new because time has passed and circumstances have changed is absurd.

Yet that's exactly what much of our judiciary does every day. When the Constitution was written each part had a very specific meaning, and as a whole it establishes a relationship between the American people and the government that serves us, as well as relationships between the three branches of government. What many judges do by claiming that the Constitution is a "living document" is create entirely new meanings, without regard for the agreement that was made originally and without consultation with the other parties to the contract: the American people and their elected officials.

Congress and the President go along with it by selecting judges who will interpret the contract in agreement with them rather than selecting judges who will enforce the contract as written. It's ludicrous, and the American people should call another Constitutional convention to reign our servants in and re-establish ourselves as sovereign.

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