What Is the Proper Role of the Latter-day Saint with Respect to the Constitution?

What should be the attitude of Latter-day Saints toward the Constitution in 1962? Bernhard suggests two possibilities. One can insist that the Constitution must be interpreted exactly as it was interpreted in 1789 (though most Latter-day Saints who take this view seem more enamored with the Social Darwinist interpretations of 1889) and refuse to face any social problem which was not existent and being faced in George Washington’s day. One who does so can expect to contribute no more than amusement and mild exasperation to his age. On the other hand, one may choose to face the problems of his time and help in the search for a solution which is compatible with the just and holy principles of the individual liberty, human dignity, and freedom of conscience.

Published in BYU Studies Quarterly 04:2
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