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Stick to Constitution's original intent

October 23, 2012
The Journal

To the editor:

If you agreed to pay someone $10 for an item and he informed you that he was free to ignore your original intent and to reinterpret what you said, and was therefore expecting $1,000 from you, what would you think?

How could we function together if we do not accept as a given that we need to abide by what people say and mean?

Yet to believe that we must ascertain and abide by the original intent of those who wrote and adopted the U.S. Constitution is commonly dismissed as an outmoded philosophy.

Perhaps an appropriate measure to counteract such insanity is simply to ignore any rulings not founded on the judicial philosophy of originalism. Why should we not hold arrogant judges up to public ridicule by hoisting them with their own petard?

After all, we would simply be saying, as long as the founders' original intent is meaningless to you judges,the original intent of your rulings will be equally meaningless to all of us.

R.E. Wehrwein

New Ulm



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