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Person One: The U.S. Constitution , the text as a poster board visible but all torn and battered up, and some kind of Obama-branded SHREDDER as a prop. Person Two: The U.S. Economy —here all that’s needed is lots of fake bruises, bleeding, chains, crumpled bills, slow-sickly movements, . . . . Continue Reading »

Git-R-Done v. the Constitution

Scholars we pomocons like, such as Charles Kesler and Jeremy Rabkin, review Obama’s overall pattern of consulting the Constitution when considering action. And the overall pattern is by now clear: He doesn’t. H/T Instapundit. P.S. Anyone read much of the new Kesler book yet? . . . . Continue Reading »

Ruth Bader Ginsburg vs. U.S. Constitution

Steve Hayward’s cookin’ with gas over at Powerline : “But the prize for this week’s liberal obtuseness about the Constitution goes to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who told an Egyptian television audience that ‘I would not look to the U.S. Constitution if I . . . . Continue Reading »

Robert George’s Electric Question

So here’s a link to the question Pete’s been talking about, the one the mighty Robert George posed to Ron Paul on the 14th amendment. The whole thing’s a good taste of Paul for those unfamiliar, but George begins right at 17 minutes in. This is a good format for Paul, and I was . . . . Continue Reading »

The Necessary Amendment

Within the next two or three years, the Supreme Court will almost certainly climax a series of state court rulings by creating a national constitutional right to homosexual marriage. The Court’s ongoing campaign to normalize homosexuality—creating for homosexuals constitutional rights to . . . . Continue Reading »

Revolutionary Perspectives

To Begin the World Anew: The Genius and Ambiguities of the American Founders by bernard bailyn knopf, 185 pages, $26 About twenty-five years ago Bernard Bailyn transformed the study of the American Revolution with his Ideological Origins of the American Revolution. He not only swept the field of . . . . Continue Reading »

How the Court Became Supreme

The past half-century has witnessed the rise to prominence of a constitutional theory that gives the U.S. Supreme Court a virtual monopoly in American constitutional law. This theory grants the Court conclusive authority to determine the meaning of constitutional provisions—even those that . . . . Continue Reading »

The Moral Fragility of Constitutionalism

America’s Constitutional Soul by Harvey C. Mansfield, Jr. Johns Hopkins University Press, 236 pages, $32 In this collection of characteristically brilliant essays, Harvey C. Mansfield Jr., one of our nation’s most eminent conservative political theorists, defends the American Constitution as . . . . Continue Reading »

Church-State Conundrums

In the field of church-state jurisprudence, as is well known, legal scholars are generally divided between “strict separationists” and “accommodationists.” The former place a “broad interpretation” on the First Amendment’s prohibition of establishment, insisting on an absolute . . . . Continue Reading »

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