Speaker: U.S. Constitution copes with changing times

By Jazzmine Walker


From Official US Archives

The U.S. Constitution is a living document, always evolving and constantly changing, a noted political scientist said Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the annual celebration of Constitution Day.

“History overruns the Constitution,” Dr. James Riddlesperger, a professor at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, said to a University of the Incarnate Word audience in J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library Auditorium.

Titling his lecture, “The U.S. Constitution- Wanted: Dead or Alive!,” Riddlesperger discussed the importance of the Constitution, its flaws contained, and how it progresses or stays the same with time.

“Is the Constitution a dead document or is it constantly changing?,” Riddlesperger asked.

Celebrating its 224th anniversary, the Constitution runs into several problems, including economic issues, he noted.

“History overruns the Constitution”, Riddlesperger said.

Many of the issues Americans face today are issues that would have been irrelevant during the publishing of the U.S. Constitution. For example, issues such as abortion, cell-phone searching and even open prayer in public schools are issues that were not considered when it was published but are now large debates because of the Constitution, he pointed out.

“Not to decide is to decide,” Riddlesperger said. “They have to decide on what the Constitution means or leave it up to someone else to decide.”

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