It’s Time for a Progressive Reading of the Constitution
Erwin Chemerinsky

As Thomas Jefferson expressed many times, “Life is for the living.” He expressly used that phrase to nullify the idea that any current generation is utterly constrained by what previous generations thought and said about anything. Sure, we need to be careful in instituting new constitutional interpretations, but that doesn’t preclude adapting interpretations of that document (in which everyone who thinks about at all it engages all the time, anyway) to existing conditions and circumstances.

Arguments concerning the Second Amendment and the Ninth Amendment prove that conservatives are engaging in contemporaneous interpretations of the Constitution as surely an anyone else is.