Wednesday, November 17, 2021

'our era’s most consequential jurist'

'adapted from a speech delivered on September 17, 2019, at Hillsdale College’s Constitution Day Celebration in Washington, D.C.', by Myron Magnet, author of Clarence Thomas and the Lost Constitution' at Imprimis.

"If the Framers had wanted a constitution that evolved by judicial ruling, [U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence] Thomas says, they could have stuck with the unwritten British constitution that governed the American colonists in just that way for 150 years before the Revolution. But Americans chose a written constitution, whose meaning, as the Framers and the state ratifying conventions understood it, does not change..."
[link added -ed.]

See American State Papers in Great Books of the Western World (first edition, 52 Vol., 1952) volume 43, (second edition, 60 Vol., 1990) volume 40.

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