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Old 08-31-2019, 11:52 AM
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Originally Posted by QuickSilver View Post
I may have rushed to judgement about where this was headed.

I think I understand the position that at it's core, the constitution is meant to protect "unalienable rights".
Except that the Constitution in toto was not at all meant to protect unalienable rights. Moreover, the rights enshrined in the Bill of Rights aren't unalieanable; they are expressed as limitations on governmental powers, with some limitations being more explicit than others. The Bill of Rights sit within the broader framework of the Constitution itself. The people who wrote and influenced the drafting and final ratification were acutely aware that Constitutions could fail, which is why it seems highly unlikely that they would take an literally textual interpretation of the Constitution seriously.