Saturday, February 28, 2004

Jefferson on Altering the Constitution

Sir Ian McKellan quoted Jefferson on Bill Maher's show tonight to great effect:
I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.
Sage advice. Sad it is then, that the far right now wants to ignore new truths, to deny elightenment, to make a change to our Constitution that reinforces ages-old barbarism.

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