Video: Huckabee says the Constitution is a “living, breathing document” Update: Huck’s website disagrees
posted at 1:29 pm on January 18, 2008 by Bryan
The comment came during an interview with CNN this morning.
I’m not going to rant about this. I will point out that Huckabee’s position doesn’t square up well with the Constitution’s amendment process — a process laid out precisely because it ought to be difficult to change the Constitution, but change is sometimes necessary, and it’s necessary because the Constitution isn’t a living, breathing document. If it were, as the proponents of that understanding tend to believe, you can find meanings in the penumbras of what’s actually written, meanings that might in fact be at odds with the plain understanding of the words themselves, without having to amend the document to find the new meaning therein. And I will also point out that the “living, breathing document” argument regarding the Constitution comes not from conservative or constructionist thinking, but from the left.
Make of all that what you will. Huckabee’s “living, breathing” statement hits at just under 4 minutes in.
Update: Well, I might rant about this. Slublog emails to note that Gov. Huckabee doesn’t agree with his own campaign web site, which says:
I firmly believe that the Constitution must be interpreted according to its original meaning, and flatly reject the notion of a “living Constitution.”
It goes on from there to detail what the “living Constitution” means and why he rejects it.
So will his excuse be that he didn’t write that part of his own web site, or that he didn’t read it?
Update: Fred Thompson agrees with Huckabee’s website, not Huckabee’s interview.