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Signing_of_Constitution_Chandler_Christy_smThe Constitutional Studies Center combines careful, objective scholarship into the original understanding of the Constitution with advocacy for human freedom under law. It produces books, issue papers, articles, and legal briefs reporting the results of its research. Since 2010, the Center has had enormous influence on constitutional law cases and commentary, but also on policy makers and grass roots activists. For example, the Center’s research findings galvanized the massive and growing “Article V” movement to restore constitutional limits on the federal government.

Latest Posts

  • Original intent? Understanding? Meaning?0

    • December 9, 2011

    When the Constitution was written, there were specific legal rules about how one goes about interpreting constitutional phrases. Over the course of time, however, judges and commentators gradually forgot them. In the 1980s, some argued that the courts should “return” to applying the original intent behind the Constitution—that is,what the framers (drafters) of the document

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  • More Constitutional Baby Babble—this time at Vanity Fair0

    • December 4, 2011

    Vanity Fair’s sophisticated approach to rescuing a drowning man is this: Lecture him about how we all need plenty of water. The tony mag’s new attack on the Tea Party is entitled “Debt and Dumb.” But the attack shows the authors and editors at VF to be the ones either deaf or dumb: Either deaf

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  • Did Judge Silberman ask the Supreme Court to rein in Congress?0

    • November 27, 2011

    Two notes on the court challenges to Obamacare: First: The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the challenge to the law’s expensive and humiliating Medicaid mandates on the states. The Court did so although no lower court has yet overturned those mandates. This is clearly the correct decision. Those mandates appear to violate even the

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  • Dr. Krugman’s Rants0

    • November 20, 2011

    “I think too much realism can actually be a problem.” – Paul Krugman on the PBS Charlie Rose Show, Oct. 12, 2011 ****** Enough is enough. One expects some exaggeration from a political columnist, but one expects at least a minimal level of accuracy if the columnist is a Nobel Laureate—even if he writes for

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  • Congress, Butt Out! The Constitution Reserves Malpractice Reform for the States0

    • November 20, 2011

    In their zeal to adopt a federal malpractice reform bill to dictate procedures to state courts, many Republicans in Congress are doing precisely what they rightly accuse Democrats of doing: blithely disregarding the Constitution’s clear limits on federal power. Their proposals, once encapsulated in H.R. 5 and then slipped into the Senate Republican “jobs bill,”

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  • What A Little-Known Colonial Pamphlet Tells Us About the Constitution0

    • November 11, 2011

    Between 1764 and the Declaration of Independence in 1776 Americans produced a rich series of pamphlets and resolutions listing their grievances against the central government of the British Empire. As I have pointed out before, reading those pamphlets is very helpful in understanding what the Constitution really means. And ignorance of them contributes to common

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