For starters, if this thread isn't in the correct forum feel free to move it. I figured that it will cover many of the main forums. My question(s) to the board is: How do you read the US Constitution? What are your core beliefs that cause you to read it that way? When or if I quote the Constitution directly I use this source. I interpret the Constitution as literally as possible. I understand that times change but I don't agree with using that as an excuse for changing the meaning of the words without an amendment. I don't try to divine intent unless the writer is in front of you (and since far more than one man wrote the Constitution) and can be questioned. So, I am willing to go with intent if the writers of the 27th Amendment are still alive and able to answer questions. I give no weight to any document other than the Constitution when reading the Constitution. I've discussed this in detail here. But, for those who don't want to read my blog, the upshot is that I believe referencing writings other than the Constitution place them on the same level as the Constitution. I do have a twist in how I read that is unique (I think) to the literal method. I try to research the colloquial syntax of the time the document was written. Over time the language changes (remember when Hot was Cool?) and you can actually get two meanings for the same words. So, what or how do y'all do it?