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How our Constitution was supposed to work: new evidence comes to light

September 27, 2019 Constitution / Federalism / Tench Cox 0

By: Rob Natelson Judging by the promises of presidential candidates, you might think the federal government is designed to fix whatever ails us: health care, education, crime, infrastructure, the common ...

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The Founders Interpret the Constitution: The Division of Federal and State Powers

by Robert G. Natelson Note from the Editor:  This article surveys ratification-era statements by defenders of the proposed Constitution enumerating powers that would be reserved to the states. It argues ...

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“Law and Order” Conservatives Reject the Rule of Law in Favor of Federal Death Penalty

By: Suzanne Sherman U.S. Attorney General Robert Barr recently ordered the reinstatement of the federal death penalty, ending a 16-year pause in executions at the federal level. The Department of ...

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State Governments and the People’s Liberty

By: Jim Lewis Many people today seem to think it’s the federal government’s job to protect their liberty. But the Founding Fathers didn’t. In fact, they feared the new government ...

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Want Civic Literacy? Quit Focusing on D.C.

June 15, 2019 Civics / Education / Federalism 0

By: Justin Spears If we truly want to engage young people in the political process, we need to stop incessantly talking about Washington D.C. and focus on issues closer to ...

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State Governments and the People’s Liberty

by Jim Lewis Last week I was having a conversation with an Ohio State Representative, as is the case with most such conversations the topic always turns to Nullification. After ...

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Roe v. Wade Did Not Legalize Abortion in the United States

By: Laurence M. Vance The infamous Supreme Court case of Roe v. Wade did not legalize abortion in the United States. Its repeal will not outlaw abortion in the United States. In Roe ...

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Originalism Protects the Timelessness of the Constitution

by John O. McGinnis I was grateful to appear with Michael Greve on the panel in which he delivered remarks on originalism that were posted in this space earlier this week. ...

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What is “Federalism”?

by Publius Huldah I’ll explain it:  With our Constitution, we created a federal  FORM of government:  A federation of Sovereign States united together ONLY for those limited purposes enumerated in ...

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More evidence the feds are exceeding their powers

By: Rob Natelson Scholars working on the Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution are approaching the end of the project they began in the 1970s, yet they continue to publish ...

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