Thursday, December 30, 2010

WaPo's Ezra Klein: The Constitution Is Confusing and Hard to Understand

I'm confused by Washington Post's Ezra Klein's contention that the Constitution, "written over 100 years ago," is confusing and hard to understand.

For starters, I thought it was written long before the Civil War. But even more perplexing is the notion that it is confusing. I'll give you the meaning behind the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights is open to some debate. But what's confusing about this?

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Could it be Sections 8, 9 and 10 that is confusing some? It does seem to be a problem for many inside the Beltway. Those three sections define the powers of Congress, the limits on Congress and the powers of the states.

Maybe it's just that Klein can't understand old documents. It's that four score and seven type of prose that is so tough to digest in the 21st Century.

The only people who have trouble understanding this wonderful document are those working to undermind it. There are some inside the Beltway who need to listen to it when it is read.

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