A Republican Form of Government

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 →

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The Trump Pardon

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 →

The Case of the Danbury Cafeteria

"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 →

Di Minimus Harms

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...  

Mr. Madison’s War

President Trump has exercised his Executive authority to call forth the National Guard for the expressed purpose of "doing Military things" to guard the border with Mexico. Whether or not you agree with his policy, we ask the question about why it is that he President is calling forth the militia of the several states,... Continue Reading →

Stevens’ 2nd Dream

After watching the Marchers this past weekend, retired Associate Justice John paul Stevens wrote and Op-Ed for the New York Times in which he indicated that he felt that the marchers were "aiming too low." He wants nothing less than a full repeal of the 2nd amendment. Now, on the one hand, it is somewhat... Continue Reading →

The Saxbe Fix

https://youtu.be/tdi-MDR1LJs No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been encreased during such time.......no Person holding any Office under the United States, shall be a Member... Continue Reading →

An Odd Argument

The 2nd Circuit Court ruled this past week that citizens united (yes, that Citizen's United) must turn over its donor lists to the Attorney General of the State of New York. Citizen's United had argued that donations to the organization represented anonymous political speech, and therefore the state had no reason to have a law... Continue Reading →

Heller & The Gun

EDITORS NOTE: We had some audio feed problems at the start, and since YouTube no longer allows video editing, the video portion of the show doesn't start until about 4:57 seconds into the file. In the ongoing (with no end in sight) debate over exactly what to do about mass shootings, the doctrines have become... Continue Reading →

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