Trump and His Tools Should Stop Saying This About Constitution's 'Natural Born Citizen' Clause

The Framers of the Constitution wrote as plainly as they could to be understood both by men of letters and men of the plow -- scholars and the mechanics alike.

The constitutionality of any particular act or law is determined by the interplay of the words of freedom's charter itself among the people, the states, their federal representatives, and the executive, as well as rulings of the court in particular cases. The Court may weigh in only when two parties clash in a realm over which the Constitution holds sway. Even then, the Supreme Court is not an omnipotent force handing down the eternal word. Congress may write new constitutional law. The People may amend their Constitution. The president may appoint justices who ultimately overturn the ruling.

But our Constitution precedes all of that, and stands on its own, supreme. Its reasonable interpretation is not contingent upon a conflict that forces an issue. The Constitution's words have inherent (and usually obvious) meaning, and you need not suspend your opinion on an issue to await the pronouncement of five ebony-cloaked legal geezers.