Stare Decisis: Precedent vs the Constitution
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Stare Decisis: Precedent vs the Constitution

Precedent does not trump the constitution, even when the court says it does. Stare decisis is Latin for “to stand by things decided.” In short, it is the doctrine of precedent. According to the Supreme Court, stare decisis “promotes the evenhanded, predictable, and consistent development of legal principles, fosters reliance on judicial decisions, and contributes […]

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The Bill of Rights
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The Bill of Rights

Today, we will learn about the first 10 amendments which, we call the Bill of Rights. Amendments are changes to the Constitution so, they come at the very end. We have 27 amendments but, today we will learn about just the first 10. Let’s jump right in with the First Amendment the First Amendment protects […]

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“But nullification isn’t listed in the Constitution!”
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“But nullification isn’t listed in the Constitution!”

Nullification isn’t specifically listed in the Constitution. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do it. Every once in awhile, someone tells us, “The Constitution doesn’t say anything about nullification. That means states simply can’t do it.” But they’ve got things totally backwards. It’s true that the federal government has limited powers and is only authorized […]

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Constitution 101: Immigration vs Naturalization
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Constitution 101: Immigration vs Naturalization

Did you know there is a difference between immigration and naturalization under the Constitution? Most people assume that the federal government has complete control over immigration. This is partly due to the fact that they confuse immigration and naturalization. In fact, they are two very distinct things. The Constitution delegates to the federal government the […]

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War isn’t an Executive Decision under the Constitution
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War isn’t an Executive Decision under the Constitution

When it comes down to it, opinions are just opinions. Constitutionally, war and peace aren’t the president’s decision. The founding generation went out of their way to ensure this kind of unilateral decision-making would never happen. Under the constitution, the power to make decisions about whether to go to war or not is delegated to […]

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