The Constitution for Dummies

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The Constitution for Dummies: The Bill of Rights

I’ve discussed the Bill of Rights before. I’ve explained selective incorporation and the federalist/anti-federalist debate. But the Bill of Rights are very important and seem to be on everyone’s minds right now as we all fight to defend our “rights” against bloated state governments and an ever growing federal government. So, I think the Bill …

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The Constitution’s Meaning

So, as I was teaching class today, I realized something. I love to look at the definitions of words, especially in the context of government and law. Words and their meanings are really fundamental to understanding government institutions, particularly American government institutions since our founders were so careful with their words and names. (For instance, …

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The Constitution Is NOT a List of Our Rights

A common misconception I encounter in daily life and in the classes I teach is this: the Constitution is something that the government AND the citizenry are supposed to follow. It’s a law that universally applies to both public and private citizens. It exists to list out our rights and stop other citizens from violating …

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