About Author

Diane - in MIT sweatshirt (VERY PRETTY) #5

Welcome to my blog on the Constitution.   My name is Diane Rufino and I am a scientist, teacher, and an attorney.  Having learned Constitutional Law in law school, I decided to go back and learn what the Constitution really means and what it really stands for.  It has been a supremely enlightening experience.  Every day I learn something new.  And it’s not because I listen to the news or read the papers.  It’s because I read books and letters and essays written by our Founding Fathers.   I don’t pretend to know the subjects I write about as well as other experts, but I do try to use logic and rational analysis.  I also take very seriously the simple rule of contract construction when analyzing the Constitution and other founding documents, which is best summed up by something that Thomas Jefferson wrote: “On every question of construction let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning can be squeezed out of the text or invented against it, conform to the probable one which was passed.”

My goal in writing the articles I do is to re-acquaint people with the original meaning and intent of our Constitution and to push back against the “living document” approach that progressives have been promoting.  As you can imagine, a legal document that has no fixed meaning cannot effectively put the affected parties on notice (which are the people and the States).  The boundaries of power between the government and the States and We the People become blurred and are subject to the whims of the one who holds the power. Essentially, the Constitution means nothing under a “living document” approach.  Or rather, it means whatever the government wants it to me.  I find this particularly troubling since the government is NOT a party to the Constitution but rather its creature. It has no say in what its powers are.  It can only reconcile situations with the express language and intent of the document that defines its existence and powers – the Constitution.

I apologize that most of the articles I write are long and sometimes detailed, but I like to explain my positions and provide the background for them.  I like to connect dots.

I can be reached by email at:  crazy_for_the_80s@Reagan.com

 

 

3 Responses to About Author

  1. You need to make your thoughts available to ‘the masses’.

    I am learning more about you but your ‘about the author’ only hints.

  2. The Constitution is very complicated. Thomas Jefferson, unfortunately, was in Paris when it was written. But I think he had a good comment:
    “Every constitution,…naturally expires at the end of thirty-four years.”
    Thomas Jefferson in a letter to James Madison. Paris, September 6, 1789.
    From the Papers of Thomas Jefferson. Volume 3. Page 49.

    • Yes, indeed. Jefferson was acting as minister to France but was in constant correspondence with Madison in particular. I even read somewhere that when Madison was contemplating a convention to “alter the Articles of Confederation” (in reality, to start from scratch), Jefferson gathered a bunch of his books together, mailed them to Madison, and urged him to read them before organizing the convention. He told Madison that if he read all those books, he will be in good shape to create a proper constitution.

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