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Is the Constitution to hard to understand?

I mean, since it IS over 100 years old.

According to one of the premier voices of the left, Ezra Klein, it is for just that reason.

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Carpy

Asked by Carpy at 8:40 PM on Dec. 30, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • http://bigjournalism.com/sright/2010/12/30/which-part-of-the-constitution-is-confusing-ezra/
    Carpy

    Comment by Carpy (original poster) at 8:41 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • I don't think that it is hard to understand. I think the big thing is one's own interpretation of it. While someone may read it and think it means one thing, someone else may read it and think something else.

    JeremysMom

    Answer by JeremysMom at 8:45 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • Lots of leeway on interpretation, but I don't think it's hard to understand the basic precepts.
    SweetLuci

    Answer by SweetLuci at 8:48 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • well technically it's over 200 years old lol. i guess it is kind of vague on some topics and other things have changed over time (hence the amendments). i don't think it's hard to understand (as in read), but it may be hard to use sometimes. like jeremysmom said, everyone interprets it differently.

    princessbeth79

    Answer by princessbeth79 at 8:48 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • No, it's not hard to understand. Anyone who can read at a reasonable reading level (8th or 9th grade) should be able to understand what it says.

    And, no, it's not open to interpretation. It's not a piece of literature full of symbolism, metaphors, and analogies. It is a very straight-forward plainly-written document that outlines clearly how our country should be run.
    May-20

    Answer by May-20 at 8:51 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • And, no, it's not open to interpretation. It's not a piece of literature full of symbolism, metaphors, and analogies. It is a very straight-forward plainly-written document that outlines clearly how our country should be run.


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    I guess we don't need the Supreme Court then to decide what is and what is not constitutional if it is so straight-forward.

    JeremysMom

    Answer by JeremysMom at 8:58 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • Sorry, but NOTHING Ezra Klein has to say carries any merit now that he's been busted as a key player in the "Journo-List" scandal!!


    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704103904575337002190061586.html


    http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/2010-08-05-maines04_ST_N.htm


     


     

    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 8:58 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • Only to a liberal
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 9:03 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • I'd say that in order to understand the meaning of its contents you must first understand the context in which it was written. ANYONE can have a constitution. What makes ours unique is that it was written for a republican (small r) government. That makes a HUGE difference. If you read in the context of a communist government, it reads something else entirely. Example. Under a republican government, the Constitution is read as a document containing limited powers that are granted BY the people. But say you read it in the context of a communist government, then it reads as a document containing limited powers that are granted TO the people.

    If you want to understand the Constitution (in its correct context), I suggest the book Good to be King by Michael Badnarik. It is a primer on the Constitution, and a VERY easy read.
    -Eilish-

    Answer by -Eilish- at 9:08 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • I have always thought it was pretty clear
    PA-PAGrandma

    Answer by PA-PAGrandma at 9:09 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

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