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My Congressman- Tired of The Willful Ignorance

KrisAnne Hall I am tired of the willful ignorance. I am tired of the avoidance of accountability. I am tired of the intentional feigning of ignorance... or the arrogant assertion ...

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The meaning of “militia” in the Second Amendment

By: Rob Natelson This is the second article examining contributions to our understanding of the Constitution from the three brand new volumes of the Documentary History of the Ratification of the ...

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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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Today in History: Enforcement of the Boston Port Act Begins

By: Dave Benner Today in 1774, Britain began enforcement of the Boston Port Act, passed in response to the destruction of the tea a few months earlier. One of the ...

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The Fundamental Rights of American Citizenship: Neither “Natural” nor Constitutionally “Enumerated”

by David Upham What are the “privileges and immunities of citizens of the United States”? In the last week, this blog has featured two originalist answers to this question. According ...

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The Un-American Education System in America

by Jake MacAulay Have you ever asked the question “Just what makes you an American?” I believe it is ascribing to the doctrine of what the U.S. Code calls the ...

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The Electoral College: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?

By: Mike Maharrey The Electoral College has become a hotly contested issue in American politics with a strong and vocal movement to do away with the institution and instead select ...

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The Founders’ Understanding of “Invasion”

March 18, 2019 Founders / Government / History 0

By: Dave Benner Even by the middle of the 18th century, the English language lacked a widely-used set of standard definitions to English words. While English dictionaries existed, those that ...

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Competing Conceptions of Union and Ordered Liberty in The Webster-Hayne Debate

by Aaron N. Coleman Herman Belz’s The Webster-Hayne Debate on the Nature of the Union is the first document collection included in Liberty Fund’s series of Liberty Classics. This is ...

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McCulloch: A “Rule of Construction” Too “Broad and Pliant”

by Kevin Gutzman On October 22, 1819, Chief Judge Spencer Roane of the Virginia Court of Appeals (now the Virginia Supreme Court) dashed off a quick cover letter to former ...

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