Thursday, July 03, 2014
For the first time, the New York Times calls for a strict textualist reading of the Constitution, and opposes a living Constitution
Sadly, they're talking about the constitution of Japan.
What stood in Mr. Abe’s way was Article 9 of the Constitution. It says the Japanese people “forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.” Any change should have required a constitutional revision, which would mean winning two-thirds approval in both houses of Parliament, followed by a referendum. Instead, Mr. Abe circumvented that process by having his government reinterpret the Constitution.I think he got that move from us.