Constitution 101: The Preamble Delegates No Power
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Constitution 101: The Preamble Delegates No Power

A lot of people believe the Preamble to the Constitution gives the federal government the power to do just about anything. And a lot of people are wrong. If you learned anything about the Constitution in school, you learned the preamble. In fact, you may have even memorized it. Many people quote it to supposedly […]

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The Best Part of the Constitution

Today is Constitution Day! So what’s your favorite part of the Constitution? I’m not sure, what’s it’s actually about, yeah. You get to do whatever you want to do. I don’t know, I have no idea. Lot’s of people had no idea. But some knew and many had favorite parts: The ability to amend it. […]

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James Madison’s Constitution Two-Step
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James Madison’s Constitution Two-Step

How do you determine if something is constitutional? James Madison gave us a 2-step process. Writing in his famous Report of 1800, James Madison argued that the Alien and Sedition Acts clearly violated the Constitution. Why, because they failed a basic two-question test First, Madison said “whenever a question arises concerning the constitutionality of a […]

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Treating the Constitution Like Silly Putty
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Treating the Constitution Like Silly Putty

A lot of people treat the constitution like silly putty. If you’ve ever played with silly putty, you know you can stick it on newsprint and it will pick up a mirror image of the page. A lot of people think they can do the same thing with the constitution. They stick on to whatever […]

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