In response to Jim Righeimer's column ("UCI's rehiring ensures liberal slant," Sept. 29), I must counter his claim that "liberals" like Chemerinsky "believe that the Constitution has to be reinterpreted as time goes on."
If anything, "liberals" have been fighting to restore many basic rights, guaranteed under the Constitution.
The abolition of habeas corpus, the wiretapping of United States citizens without a warrant and many other abuses of power have shredded the very fabric of our democracy.
The new definition and perspective of a liberal are akin to the "Commie" tag pinned on suspected "enemies of the U.S." under the witch hunt that was the McCarthy era. That era is when the words "under God" were added to the Pledge of Allegiance on June 7, 1954. A year later, they were added to our coin and currency. Righeimer mentions Chemerinsky's opposition to these additions.