- - Monday, March 10, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

In his speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference, Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, made predictable calls to “defend the Constitution” (“Rand Paul urges conservatives to fight with him for liberty,” Web, March 7).

The U.S. Constitution is vaguely worded. Those who claim to stand in front of it defending it are actually hiding behind it, hoping no one notices how paltry their arguments are.

Liberals are equally complicit. The presumed constitutional right to an abortion is based on an equally presumptuous constitutional right to privacy.

The U.S. Constitution does not include the words “abortion” or “privacy.” Perhaps it should. More probably, these issues should be left up to the voters. So should issues about the level of domestic spending and taxation.

JOHN ENGELMAN

Wilmington, Del.

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