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Determination of constitutionality not mentioned in Constitution

Published: February 18, 2013

Regarding “U.S. Constitution prompts debate among state experts” (Tulsa World, Feb. 11): There wasn't much debate among the experts presented; they all carried the progressive line that “the Constitution is a changing document and we must do what the federal government says.” They held that the Supreme Court has the final say as to what is and what's not constitutional. This principle must be in the clause that says there is a wall of separation between church and state. I can't find it in the Constitution! The determination of constitutionality isn't mentioned in the Constitution, which places it with the states and the people.

Critical to understanding the Constitution is the fact that what it doesn't say is equally as important as what it does say. The article's experts like to hold the Constitution in isolation and use Supreme Court cases after 1865 to analyze the document. They ignore the body of organic law, which includes the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The Declaration has some very American concepts that shouldn't be ignored. One of them is the consent of the governed. No law or government is of any effect unless accepted as just by the consent of the governed. This is the basis of our government.

Don Powers, Edmond


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