The Congress shall have Power To …regulate Commerce…with the Indian Tribes… ARTICLE I, SECTION 8, CLAUSE 3 That’s how it always begins. Very small. A man living in Oklahoma has a girlfriend who has an ex-boyfriend who gets into it with the man. In a gruesome crime, the ex-boyfriend is murdered, his genitals left on... Continue Reading →
Two Hundred and Thirty-One years ago, thirty-nine men put their signature on the document which they had prepared for the people of The United States to replace the system of government which was failing the country. Today we take a few moments to look back on the adventure that has been Constitution Thursday.
In Case of the Removal of the President from Office, or of his Death, Resignation, or Inability to discharge the Powers and Duties of the said Office, the Same shall devolve on the Vice President, and the Congress may by Law provide for the Case of Removal, Death, Resignation or Inability, both of the President... Continue Reading →
No live show today. I had a prior commitment and between that and some other things going on, it just wasn't going to work out today. Tomorrow we will take a look at the 25th amendment. with all the recent interest in the idea of 25/45, it's probably time to take our first Constitution Thursday... Continue Reading →
One of the myths about the Constitution is that The Federalist Papers are a commentary, like Matthew Henry's, on the Constitution. They are not. They are simply and only a passionate written argument in favor of ratification of the Constitution. That doesn't mean that they are not without merit and not without lessons for us... Continue Reading →
We have our definition of "republic," but what if that wasn't necessarily the definition the Framers had? A few years ago there was a wonderful show on TV, "How the States Got Their Shapes." Host Brian Unger takes you around the country and looks at.... well... how the states got their shapes. It's all based... Continue Reading →
On Constitution Thursday we delve into the statement by the current President to the effect that he could pardon himself, were such a pardon were actually needed. It isn't as clear-cut as you might want it to be - from a Constitutional viewpoint. But I would think that from a political viewpoint, it would create... Continue Reading →
"Congress shall make no law... respecting the establishment of religion... or preventing the free exercise thereof..." - 1st Amendment In Danbury, Connecticut, the local Baptist congregation is deeply concerned about the ability to freely practice their religion. Sure, the Constitution says they can, but those words are only as good as the men who uphold... Continue Reading →
In a ruling that surprised absolutely nobody - with the possible exception of the President himself - the Southern District of New York ruled that the President cannot block people on Twitter. Shocker. Let's spend Constitution Thursday digging into this and seeing what other things it might end up impacting...