“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter–it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” ~ Mark Twain, Letter to George Bainton, 10/15/1888
So the reading of the Constitution was interesting, as much for what they left out as for the fact that they read it at all. If you didn’t have a chance to hear the proceedings, the House GOP read the Constitution-as-amended, instead of the Constitution and the Amendments, in toto.
The Constitution is a remarkable document, as much for its specificity as for its vagueness. It is an inspirational and organic piece of literature that provides a template for charting the future of our Great Nation while serving as a link to our past. While the dreams of the future are often sweeter than the history of the past, my view is that the Constitution, as well as other pieces of classical literature, are a national treasure not to be edited.
The Constitution, of course, can and must be amended with the march of time. Things change. Consciousness evolves. And so, too, must the framework of governance. That said, we amend it, we don’t edit it.
“The United States Constitution has proved itself the most marvelously elastic compilation of rules of government ever written.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt