Since the beginning of our national history the Constitution, which is essentially the source of the law rather than its framework, has with more or less promptitude fulfilled the function of sanctioning new rules of action which will permit a fairly symmetrical institutional development in the face of the changing conditions of the environment in which the people live and think and act. Always the habits of the people are changing, always the situation facts are being modified, and the Constitution in its widest and truest meaning but provides the means whereby thru this flux the body of the people may crystallize its thought and usage into the forms of sanctioned law. It is only by such continual adaptation that the growth of a people becomes not abortive but wholesome and the interrelationship of its parts is kept from perversion.
Myron W. Watkins,
Mich. L. Rev.
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