tnerb wrote:Firstly, the consitition is changed quite regularly, there called amendments, i believe the first amendment is the bill of rights(not entirely sure). Secondly, i dont believe a formal declaration of war was made, nor does it need to be.
I am a regular student of the US Constitution. I attend a class every week with several other people to study the Constitution and more importantly, the PRINCIPLES embodied therein.
Your comment really shows a lack of understanding of those principles and for the Constitution's mechanism of amending it. I'm sorry, but someone from a foreign country doesn't really have much credibility as a scholar of the US Constitution, especially when there are so many here in this country who are regular students of it and better understand those principles.
As I posted earlier in this thread in comments by the Founders, you are dead wrong about the necessity of a declaration of war. It IS required by the Constitution, no ifs, ands, or buts. The President is ONLY permitted to repel invasions of the homeland, not inititate invasions of other countries of his own accord. And as the Lord has said, anything that goes against those constitutional provisions is "more or less than this," and thus, "cometh of evil".
I know of no other secular document in the world that the Lord has indicated that He endorses it and inspired it. Thus, the original intent of the Constitution is the gold standard that J. Rueben Clark said rises to the level of scripture for him and the membership of the Church.
Your argument is precisely the argument that lliberals in this country use to destroy the Constitution by claiming that it is a "living" document, and thus, "we can change it any way we want". This doctrine is an abomination! I want to puke every time I hear it. Only the uninformed and Constitutionally uneducated believe such hogwash as what these liberals spew forth in their efforts to undermine and dilute the divine principles in that document.
The reason it is abominable is that the Founders never intended for the subsequent ammendments to change the fundamental princples or components embodied in the Constitution. The Bill of Rights, which constitutes the first 10 ammendments, are in complete harmony with the body of the Constitution. Various other ammendments, passed much later, were NOT in harmony with the body or principles of the Constitution. Those fall into the category when the Lord said that anything MORE or LESS than the original intent and principles in the Constitution were EVIL! Ironically, the so-called Patriot Act and now, the more recent Military Commissions Act of 2006, imposed by Pres. Bush and his rubber-stamp Republicans, have all but eliminated the Bill of Rights (Amendments 1-10) and habeas corpus, which are the foundational protections of rights for all people. They, too, "cometh of evil" because they eliminate and destroy the principles the Founders gave us.
As for you discounting the work of Dr. Skousen: NO one in this country has done more for teaching, researching, or disseminating accurate information about the US Constitution than Dr. SKousen. If you read the very first thread in the entire forum, you will see from Brian's notes from Dr. SKousen's lectures that he was repeatedly asked by the Prophet to do precisely what he did by educating a derelict and apathetic Church population regarding the Constitution, something the Church could no longer do in the developing political climate. That the Prophet would ask him to do it, and then endorse his work, is all most of us need to justify giving heed to his efforts.