The Failure of the Fourteenth Amendment as a Constitutional Ideal
There is a feeling abroad in America that when a given measure becomes a part of the Constitution of the United States, its virtue must never henceforth be questioned. There is here a tendency towards a paper worship which involves a fundamental misconception of the true nature of constitutional law. The organic law of a people can never become fixed or static until the civic life of that people has ceased to develop, and become stagnant. This latter condition never exists, because every community is a living community and life always means motion and progress.
KeywordsConstitutional Ideal Federal Court Federal Control American People Supreme Court
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