The NYT has an editorial talking about the US House of Representatives reading the constitution aloud at the start of the new session. What was read aloud was an edited version which excluded items such as slaves only have three fifths of a vote. This is what has always frustrated me about a lot of what the Tea Party and their strict interpretation fo the constitution. Even the founding fathers knew that the document would not be set in stone for all time by including the amendment process. It is supposed to be a fluid document which changes with the times.