Interpreting the Constitution Based on Modern Fads Is a Mistake
|Topics:||Jurisprudence • Professional Responsibility & Legal Education • Federalism & Separation of Powers|
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Yesterday, Professor Ryan Owens published an op-ed in The Weekly Standard offering a clarion call for the importance of Originalism in the federal judiciary. Addressing the public's rising interest for judges to rule based on a "current understanding" doctine, he offers a compelling case for why our liberties are at risk if we do not respect our Constitutional framework.
In his words:
"Put simply, the “current understanding” interpretive approach would allow our constitutional rights to be sacrificed to the gods of political correctness, political expediency, and political fear."
I encourage you to read his piece here.