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Rather than asking What factors have made it possible for a Constitution written in 1787 to survive into the 1990s and beyond it might be more pertinent to as if the Constitution has survived the twentieth century so far The New Deal the radical assault on American institutions in the 1960s and the Clinton presidency as the confirmation of that radical assault Both questions may be answered the same way The nature and tendency of American constitutionalism at the present time in the light of standards and principles held in the past Although there may be value in trying to track the future of specific trends into the future political life is unpredictable and it is difficult to say what might happen to judicial activism executive power bureaucratic administration states rights federal centralization etc in the future The text of the Constitution will continue to be referred to invoked and argued about in political controversies this much is true But in itself that fact does not say much especially when many who invoke the Constitution as text regard it as a mere condensation symbol having no substantive content or real meaning It seems better and even necessary philosophically to regard the existing political and constitutional order as legitimate However this way of regarding the existing order is not categorical absolute and final--and can never be given the nature of politics It does not require or signify affirmative approval of every element or feature of the existing governmental system or passive obedience to everything a government might do This might be hard to explain but its necessary to do so The Constitution as a form of written fundamental law is understood to be an expression of the traditions principles moral standards practices and conventions--in a word the inherited social knowledge--that constitute a people The written Constitution was an expression of the underlying unwritten Constitution that is the laws customs habits and popular beliefs
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