In today's "progressive," "post-modern" world, we often hear disparaging comments of ideas and concepts that have been around for a long time. One target of such accusations is the Constitution of the United States of America. The accusers would have the Constitution be a "living" document, in the sense that not only the particulars, but the fundamental concepts embodied in it be malleable and changed to accommodate the "new morality" (which is nothing but the old immorality).
Seventy years ago, David O. McKay stated that
there are some fundamental principles of this Republic which, like eternal truths, never get out of date, and which are applicable at all times to liberty-loving peoples. Such are the underlying principles of the Constitution, a document framed by patriotic, freedom-loving men...Seventeen years later, former Under Secretary of State and Ambassador to Mexico J. Reuben Clark observed that the Constitution's "great principles are as applicable, efficient, and sufficient to bring today the greatest good to the greatest number, as they were the day the Constitution was signed."
These statements are as valid in 2010 as when they were originally made. The principles of liberty, just as all truth, is not relative, is not malleable, and is not subject to the whims of navel-gazing "progressives." They are not changed by public opinion, the decisions of courts, or political expediency.
As the Obama administration is demonstrating so spectacularly, policies that decrease the ability of individuals to exercise their right to control their own lives, to direct the use of their own property, as they see fit, have always failed and will always fail.
Unless, of course, the goal of those policies is the enslavement and ultimate destruction of nations. As the examples of Rome, Nazi Germany, and the Soviet Union (just three of a multitude of examples, ancient and modern) make vividly clear, in that area, they are of maximum effect.