Monday, February 14, 2011

Constitution: Words & it's chosen Interpretation

In a battle of knowledge between politicians with power and the public, the people fight unarmed. An elite group dominates through pseudo-legal finesse. It holds the high ground, established arbitrary rules and selectively interpreted them to suit their fancies with nothing more than discretionarily interpreting words written on paper and adopt selected words within an Article of Law, such as 'Privilege' discretionarily replacing by 'Rights', and special privileges for trading licence and scholarships taken to include rights to equity ownership without payment, and the free-distribution of the nation's wealth to special self-anointed breeds without the need to labor, and lately, the use of a few simple principles and the adoption of geographical name, nowhere officially recorded, to confer special rights of a class of migrants against other migrants. Its real power emanates from control of political institutions, primarily those dealing directly with monetary and fiscal policies. Misuse of this power for its own purpose and self-interest, with considerable encouragement from the privy class expecting to get something for nothing, led the nation's current economic predicament. The entire Political System desperately need renovation, if not, constructive destruction and revamping the entire culture that had accepted kleptomania as the chosen way of life.

"As men, whose intentions require no concealment, generally employ the words which most directly and aptly express the ideas they intend to convey, the enlightened patriots who framed our constitution, and the people who adopted it, must be understood to have employed words in their natural sense, and to have intended what they have said."

--- Chief Justice Marshall, 1824

"To evade clear constitutional intent by changing the meaning of words, Parliament cannot by any definition it may adopt conclude the matter, since it cannot by legislation alter the constitution, from which it derives its power to legislate, and within whose limitations alone that power can be lawfully exercised."

--- Justice Mahion Pitney, 1920


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