The Free Press, Mankato, MN

February 1, 2013

Your View: We are still a country of laws

Bob Jentges, North Mankato

— I saw the segment broadcast on Charles Osgood’s CBS News Sunday Morning program where a Georgetown constitutional law professor expressed the opinion, let’s give up on the Constitution. Not all of it, but I thought he seemed to suggest we disobey parts that get in the way so to speak.

It appears some who support the decades long progression of attempting to circumvent parts of the Constitution through various means are becoming more outspoken — and maybe gaining audience.   The founders designed our federal government as a constitutional republic. The word “democracy” does not appear in the Declaration of Independence or U.S. Constitution; probably because the founders believed in the rights of the individual and were skeptical and anxious about a federal government operating based on the whims of a contemporary simple majority.

Certainly society has changed since the Constitution was ratified. The founders took that certainty into consideration in Article V, which sets forth the process for amending the Constitution, i.e., keeping it a living, breathing document. But they made the amendment process is unusually difficult, I think for obvious reasons previously stated herein.

We are a country of laws, not of men. The Constitution as presently written is America’s paramount law. It must be adhered to as such unless and until we decide to amend it pursuant to Article V.