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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.

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  • Amendments Convention: Answering Those Not-So-Tough Questions0

    • February 19, 2011

    Are you a state lawmaker or reform advocate challenged to answer “tough questions” about a Convention for Proposing Amendments? If so, here are some answers. Recently I traveled to Indianapolis to testify before the Indiana legislature.  While there, I learned that opponents of an amendments convention are circulating questions about a  convention, apparently designed to

  • How Can Congress Spend All that Money? – Part II0

    • February 11, 2011

    In my last post, I explained that Congress obtains authority to spend money from its enumerated powers.  All of those powers inherently require some expenditures—at least to buy the pen and ink needed to write the laws.  Some powers, such as the power to “maintain a Navy” (Art. I, Sec. 8, cl. 13)  require expenditure

  • How Can Congress Spend All that Money? – Part I0

    • February 6, 2011

    [For more info on this topic, see Rob’s book, The Original Constitution, or listen to the interview, What in the Constitution Gives Authority to Congress to Spend Our Money? part 1] How can a government that supposedly is one of enumerated powers spend trillions of dollars on everything from semi-porn art exhibits to bridges that

  • The latest health care decision0

    • January 31, 2011

    The score is now 2-2: Two U.S. district courts have found that the individual mandates in last year’s federal health care act are authorized by the power of Congress to “regulate Commerce . . . among the several States,” while two have found the contrary.  This latest decision – arising from a case brought by

  • Does Congress really have authority to regulate campaign finance?0

    • January 23, 2011

    [Rob Natelson is the author of the new book, The Original Constitution: What it Actually Said and Meant. To learn more about this topic, hear Rob’s podcast Election Law and the Election Clause.] The Constitution granted Congress only enumerated powers.  Did those powers include measures of “campaign finance reform?” Congress justifies campaign regulation as flowing

  • Madison being misread (on an amendments convention)0

    • January 18, 2011

    Sometimes even friends of the Constitution misinterpret the document or the history surrounding it. Throughout the country right now, state lawmakers are advancing constitutional amendments to restrain federal power and federal spending. Because they know that Congress will never propose amendments to restrain itself (2/3 of both the Senate and House would have to approve


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Rob Natelson, Senior Fellow, Constitutional Jurisprudence
Email: rob.natelson1@gmail.com
Phone: 303-279-6536, ext 114