How do you view the Constitution? 1. As an organic document that must be read in a broad and liberal manner so as to adapt it to the changing times? 2. Or are you an originalist which says that the court should try determine what the authors were trying to achieve and give effect to what they intendedthe statute to accomplish. 3. Or are you a "textualist". To quote Scalia; "You will never hear me refer to original intent, because as I say I am first of all a textualist, and secondly an originalist. If you are a textualist, you don't care about the intent, and I don't care if the framers of the Constitution had some secret meaning in mind when they adopted its words." For an example. What was the method of execution after the 8th amendment was written? Can we use that to determine what "cruel and unusual punishment" was? If it was hanging, do you think that that would tell you that it wasnt cruel and unusual? Who was allowed to own a gun after the 2nd amendment was written? Just the Army? Since 1789 we have had a chaplain of the US Congress. There have been 17 Prebyterians, 23 Methodists, 8 Baptists, 1 Lutheren and 1 Roman Catholic and a few others like Unitarian etc. What does this say about the original intent of the 1st amendment? Why is prayer allowed in the hallowed halls of our Congress but not public school? One could make a case for slavery, giving women the right to vote and the fact that we can amend the Constitution as proof that it is a living document. What are your thoughts?