TIME Magazine Asks: 'Does the Constitution Still Matter?'

Managing Editor Richard Stengel asks is his latest Time issue, "Does the Constitution still matter?" According to Stengel, it does matter. It just "matters less than people think."

Jun. 24, 2011

Managing Editor Richard Stengel asks is his latest Time issue, “Does the Constitution still matter?” According to Stengel, it does matter. It just “matters less than people think.”

Yes, of course it still matters but in some ways it matters less than people think. People all the time are debating what’s constitutional and what’s unconstitutional. To me the Constitution is a guardrail. It’s for when we are going off the road and it gets us back on. It’s not a traffic cop that keeps us going down the center. And what our politics are about – politics are about conflict. There was no people who argued more about defining principles of America than the framers of the Constitution. They argued both sides of the most powerful issues in American history – slavery, states’ rights, central government. So to say that what did the framers want is kind of a crazy question, I have to say. I write about that in the piece.

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