Tuesday, February 5, 2008

The Rhetoric of Original Intent

I've about had it with the typical Republican claptrap about how their guys are the ones "defending" the "original intent" of the Constitution.

The Constitution as written specifies that electoral votes are to be determined by the states, not by the Supreme Court. Oops. Maybe the whole "original intent" thing is just cover for voting the way they wanted to vote all along.

Rhetoric is not the same as reality.

Another example? Do you think the framers intended a standing peacetime army or navy? A few of them might have (especially Hamilton, whose draft Constitution is a very interesting document). It seems clear to me that the majority of the signers of the Constitution did not intend to have a large standing peacetime army or navy.