Lawmaker: Constitution "is in the eye of the beholder"

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The Constitution of the United States of America is the single most important document in our nation. While the Declaration of Independence may challenge it for importance from a historical standpoint, the Constitution has a direct impact on how we govern today while the Declaration doesn’t.

It matters.

However, it seems that some think that it can mean pretty much whatever you want it to mean.

While discussing new gun control legislation during a Senate Law and Justice committee hearing last week, Democrat State Senator Patty Kuderer said that “…constitutionality is in the eye of the beholder.”…

While being questioned by Republican State Senator Keith Wagoner about the constitutionality of the bill, Kuderer explained that the US Constitution is up for interpretation, therefore the bill should be upheld.

“This is not an issue of whether or not you may possess a weapon. It is an issue of where you may carry it,” Senator Kuderer said. “That is a reasonable restriction.”

“We will see what happens,” Kuderer continued. “Almost every gun bill we pass in this state gets challenged. My gun bill to temporarily restrict possession of a weapon was challenged and held by the Supreme Court as constitutional.”

“So I guess constitutionality is in the eye of the beholder,” Kuderer said.

No, that’s at all what any of that means.

First, the fact that the Supreme Court made that particular ruling simply means that the majority of the justices agreed with her interpretation. It doesn’t mean that constitutionality is in the eye of the beholder, though. It really just means the Court was wrong.

If we’re going to make that argument, and I really don’t think Kuderer wants to go there, then everything is up to interpretation.

After all, if you’re going to go that route, then anything you believe to be protected by the Constitution isn’t really. If it’s all about who the beholder is, then anything is up for grabs. Immigration law can go right out the window and no one be allowed to enter the nation. Congress being responsible for declaring war? That can go away too and the president can just start whatever he wants, whenever he wants.

See, the Constitution exists to rein in the whims of man. It’s our foundational document and where all such laws should be based.

Claiming otherwise, even flippantly, is a grave disservice to that document.

While the Constitution may not have been prepared for everything we see today, we’ve found a lot of good ways to apply it to new technology. It’s why the police can’t just dig through your computer because they feel like it.

Just because the Second Amendment has been degraded and ignored over the years, that doesn’t mean any of what happened was right or just.

But then again, far too many Democrats only turn to the Constitution when it’s convenient for them. Otherwise, it’s an obstacle that should be removed for the good of the nation, which really just translates to the good of their party.

Frankly, I’m not interested in playing that game.