Putting aside what this utterance may say about the issue of personal identity discontinuity, it raises the more fundamental issue of ultimate referential authority.Strict constructionism identifies the constitution as that authority.Strict religiosity identifies the bible(which one?) as that authority.The English don’t kid themselves about the Magna Carta they willingly admit that it has been altered many times and used differently to justify the aims and actions of a ruling class.We on the other hand, revere the document(which one?)and use it as the process precursor of our constitution.
The founding fathers then would have had to be able to forsee all of the complexities of our diverse and complex(technologically as well as socially) world.Inherent rights according to this view of the constitution does not necessarily contain a palpable moral imperative.Thus like the principles of Greco-Roman democracy it applies only to citizens.(excluding women and non citizens) It thus allowed for the institution of slavery as an extension of economic practice but not as an inherent right.Constitutional amendments are required to add to or subtract from the definitions of the 18th century. Such amendments have been enacted reference women and race.Now science has demonstrated that these(maleness too) are not iron bound categories.What to do? We’ll have to slow the world down to the pace of the 18th century to get the multitudinous changes functionally needed even considered.
There is also the issue of a nation vs the concept of an amalgamation of sovereign states.The idea of an amalgamation of sovereign states with their implied autonomy takes us back to the days of the magna carta(all of them)and to two wars of independence nearly lost because of the concept.Get with the program justices of dissent! We’re in the twenty first century putting our ideas and resources up against and in cooperation with a fast moving world ! Survival of homo sapiens is at risk. Can we or can’t we use the U.S.A. as a logical model for the world?Ultimately world government has to evolve.50 sovereign states can’t hack it Clarence, nor can Monroe’s view of the world !