Letter: Writer didn't cite any sources on founders to defend claims, he says
TO THE EDITOR: Mr. Gaslin shows his ignorance by not citing any sources on the founders to defend his claims. Must be government school education.
Gaslin is a believer in the living constitution, which expands automatically and its interpretation changes as time advances. This was not the view of the founders.
An example: the founders never incorporated the wall of separation of the church and state in the first amendment. The federal government was the first to print the Bible in the United States, as stated by congressional decree: Whereas in 1777, Congress, facing a national shortage of Bibles for our schools, and families, and for the public worship of God in our churches, announced that they desired to have a Bible printed under their care and by their encouragement and therefore ordered 20,000 copies of the Bible to be imported into the different ports of the States of the Union.
Whereas in 1782, Congress pursued a plan to print a Bible that would be a neat edition of the Holy Scriptures for the use of schools and therefore approved the production of the first English language Bible printed in America that contained the congressional endorsement that the United States in Congress assembled...recommend this edition of the Bible to the inhabitants of the United States. The first and governing maxim in the interpretation of a statute is to discover the meaning of those who made it.--James Wilson.
The result of altering constitutional interpretation results in not understanding enumerated powers of the constitution limiting the federal government's powers. From a newspaper: Senate Judiciary Chairman (Mr. Leahy) Unable to Say Where Constitution Authorizes Congress to Order Americans to Buy Health Insurance.
Leahy answered by saying that nobody questions Congress authority for such an action.