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Alexander Hamilton’s “Implied Powers” Wrecked the Constitution

By: Mike Maharrey During the ratification debates, supporters of the Constitution insisted that the new general government would only exercise the powers explicitly enumerated in the document. But less than three years ...

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federalism

Federalism Is the Best Step

Although the word Federalism does not appear in the Constitution, federalism is the best practice, it is one of the most important and innovative concepts in it.  When the Constitution ...

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The Nullification Movement is a Revolution in Thought

By: Mike Maharrey We are in the midst of a revolution. But it’s not a revolution in the sense most people think of. It’s not a war fought with guns and ...

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Despite What They Tell You: The Constitution Never Discriminated Against Women

By: Rob Natelson One way some writers try to discredit the Constitution is to assert that the document’s original meaning discriminated against women. Thus, a 2011 Time Magazine cover story claimed that “The [Constitution’s] ...

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Liberty Tyranny

Embracing what the Founders Sought to Destroy

By: Michael Boldin The Founding generation fought a long, bloody war to free themselves from an empire – the largest government in history at the time. Today, they’re probably rolling in ...

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Constitution Research Guide: How to Read an 18th Century Legal Document

By: Michael Boldin How do you get to the original, legal meaning of a word, phrase, article, clause or section of the Constitution? Following the advice of the founders – ...

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Early Americans Would Have Rejected the U.S. Government of Today

By: Jacob Hornberger Even though most Americans are obviously unhappy with the federal government, many of them don’t question the structure of the government itself. Their ire is directed toward ...

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Want to Understand the Constitution? Don’t Ask a Lawyer!

By: Mike Maharrey Most Americans say the Constitution is important. Most Americans say it’s crucial for the government to stay within its constitutional bounds. But what exactly are the constitutional ...

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10 Founders on Obedience and Resistance

By: Michael Boldin We often hear from people that nullification is chaos, disobedience is a tool of the left, and instead of refusing to comply, people need to change politicians ...

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Should we interpret the Constitution so the feds can oversee everything affecting more than one state?

By: Rob Natelson The Constitution lists powers it grants to the federal government, reserving the rest in the states and the people. Over the last few decades, some federal powers—particularly ...

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