One Nation Under a Groove

By June of 1788, ten States have ratified the proposed Constitution. While the technicalities of Article IX have been met, most people understand that the reality is that for the Union to survive, it must be unanimous. Or at least everybody except Rhode Island, which we will deal with separately. New York is next up... Continue Reading →

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Leno’s Lament

  At long last, the Virginia Delegates to the States Ratification Convention arrive in Richmond. Unlike other States, the Virginia Convention will be open to the public. It will be raucous and passionate and it will feature some of the biggest names in American history. The Federalists initially outnumber the Anti-federalists by a slim margin... Continue Reading →

The 1st Pillar of Liberty

In Maryland, a high school Student objects to an assignment on the basic tenants of Islam. Her father claims that the School is violating the 1st Amendment, specifically in that it is forcing his daughter to profess Islam by learning about the Shahada, the 1st Pillar of the Islamic faith. The Father tells his daughter... Continue Reading →

CT – Double Trouble

  The prohibition on double jeopardy extends back in human history at least the Roman era. It's covered in Greek law, the Talmud and of course, English Common Law. In the United States, the concept of dual sovereignty has been the guiding rule since 1847. The general idea is that the Federal government and the... Continue Reading →

The Freedom of Association

DOWNLOAD MP3 The City of Los Angeles passed an ordinance that requires all contractors to "disclose" all of their contacts and sponsorships (whatever that means) with the National Rifle Association. In Delaware, a man wants to apply to be a Judge on the State Bench. But, Delaware has a law that says that he is... Continue Reading →

The Tryal of William Penn

Download MP3   The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it. - ARTICLE I, SECTION 9, CLAUSE 2 In Alabama, a man with a long record of violent criminal activity found himself on trial for armed robbery.... Continue Reading →

CT – Res Republica | Plausibly Live

http://media.blubrry.com/thedavebowmanshow/www.slipperyfish.com/podcast99/dave_bowman/2018/12_december_2018/360_12062018_dorr.mp3 DOWNLOAD MP3 The Constitution guarantees each and every state a “republican form of government.” So is Florida’s rather hectic and confused use of multiple methods of amending its State Constitution actually “Constitutional” in the sense of being done by a “republican form of government” as guaranteed in Article IV, Section 4? Once upon a... Continue Reading →

Two Hundred & Thirty-One Years

  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.

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