Patterico shows Time Magazine going full retard:
Seriously, this piece in Time Magazine is either utter bullsh-t, or he is literally incapable of reading and understanding the words of the Constitution and other related laws. I was so stunned to read this drivel in Time Magazine that I then looked up who the hell Richard Stengel is, and apparently he is their Managing Editor! And by the time you are done reading this post you will be stunned with the cluelessness on display.
It starts off with the usual liberal claptrap that if the founders were not perfect soothsayers about the future, that this meant that we should just ignore the Constitution:
Here are a few things the framers did not know about: World War II. DNA. Sexting. Airplanes. The atom. Television. Medicare. Collateralized debt obligations. The germ theory of disease. Miniskirts. The internal combustion engine. Computers. Antibiotics. Lady Gaga.
It is a facially ridiculous argument. Yes, for instance, the founders didn’t know specifically that Adolf Hitler would rise to become the leader of Germany and plunge the world into war (a second time, no less) and murder millions of innocents (especially Jews). But they knew there was such a thing as war. And I find it odd that he asserts that the founders didn’t know about the concept of collateral debt, given that Thomas Jefferson endlessly whined about his and indeed the majority of the slave-holding founders were in the same situation (but generally less whiney than Jefferson about the whole thing). And in fact the existence of the atom has been theorized since Greek times, and verified to a significant extent by chemists in the 17th and 18th centuries. If you are going to assert that the founders didn’t know about certain things, maybe you should check to see whether they actually knew about them.
The aggressive stupidity continues:
What would the framers say about whether the drones over Libya constitute a violation of Article I, Section 8, which gives Congress the power to declare war? Well, since George Washington didn’t even dream that man could fly, much less use a global-positioning satellite to aim a missile, it’s hard to say what he would think.
So once again he is arguing that because the means of carrying out war has changed, that somehow we can’t imagine what the founders thought. The founders didn’t know about drones, but General Washington did know what war was and he knew that one nation’s military attacking another’s was war. The means by which we would kill each other today is probably wholly beyond his imagination, but so what? They didn’t limit their language to the means of waging war available at the time.
Ssrly…the Left wants to get their way by hook or by crook. “The Constitution is Old” meme has been going since the 80’s. It was the 2nd Amendment first. Hell Gun Control might be a trail balloon for taking away all your rights. They want to tear down our republic, our way of life. Hence the talk of re-writing our language (i.e. “Political Correctness”) and exterminate all rational thought.