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Daemon
Posted: Monday, May 21, 2012 12:00:00 AM
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Constitutions should consist only of general provisions; the reason is that they must necessarily be permanent, and that they cannot calculate for the possible change of things.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)
jcbarros
Posted: Monday, May 21, 2012 8:22:34 AM

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Yes, but it depends on the country and its rulers. Unfortunately the stability of American Institutions is far from being
the general case.
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A drawback of the written constitution is that it can make change very hard to achieve.
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Hamilton wanted this. He preferred broad interpretation in favor of a strong national government. His views were opposed by Jefferson and Madison, who supported strict construction that would limit power. Hamilton's preference, a central government with few limits, came to dominate in the US's 2nd century.

It is largely forgotten that Hamilton's proposal for the US Constitution included senators elected for life and a president elected for life by those senators. His plan wasn't adopted, but he began to promote loose interpretation as soon as the current constitution was ratified. His first target was the Necessary and Proper Clause, then the General Welfare Clause.

The United States Constitution has proved itself the most marvelously elastic compilation of rules of government ever written. - Franklin Roosevelt

A Constitution should be short and obscure. - Napoleon Bonaparte

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