President Obama has not evolved an opinion that the US Constitution is a living document because he clearly held this view in 2001. Illinois State Senator Barack Obama, on WBEZ FM Chicago Public Radio stated in 2001 stated,
“As radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical. It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution at least as it’s been interpreted, and the Warren Court interpreted it in the same way that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties, says what the states can’t do to you, says what the Federal government can’t do to you, but it doesn’t say what the Federal government or the State government must do on your behalf.”
Barack Obama’s view is that regardless of the founding documents and laws Congress passes that it is his job to change the law and tell America what the Federal and State government MUST DO.
One can’t have collective rights unless there are individual rights, and so there are amendments to guarantee those rights.
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