If the framers of the Constitution expected future generations to stick closely to original intent they would have produced a document that was a heck of a lot more detailed and specific. But realizing that they could not predict the future they deliberately left it vague and in general terms so that it could be interpreted to match the times — yes a living, breathing entity. Original intent is a bogus concept.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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