Representative FRED H. HILDEBRANDT, of South Dakota
MR. HILDEBRANDT.--Mr. Speaker, the movement for modernizing the Constitution is steadily gaining ground.
Even from distinctly conservative sources there comes recognition of the fact that ought to be patent to everyone that the Constitution is a mobile document intended to represent the needs and aspirations of the people of the present age rather than to be a chain to bind us to restrictions of a previous period.
A. Mitchell Palmer, Attorney General under President Wilson, has stated the case in cogent language, and I wish to quote from him.
The question is whether the Constitution shall be pickled in its original liquor and stubbornly preserved in its pristine form, or whether it shall be preserved in the manner in which its framers intended, to meet the changing needs of the new growth and development of a great country.
To suggest changes in the Constitution is not an attack upon the Constitution.
Those who argue now that the Constitution is sacrosant and * * * must remain always as it was written, are insisting that this people * * * shall be governed not by themselves, but by a dead hand reaching out of the darkness of the eighteenth century.
* * * It seems plain that the wise men who framed the Constitution made certain that it should never die from disease or old age.