Constitutional Convention

Constitutional Compromise and Classical Liberalism

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Across the conservative legal movement, there is a reassessment of the principles that have guided legal conservatives since the end of the Warren Court. Ideas that were once orthodoxy are now open to question. At the level of doctrine, the

A New Critique of American Exceptionalism

A New Critique of American Exceptionalism

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Most Americans subscribe to the idea of “American Exceptionalism.”  When polled, 80 percent of respondents report that, because of its history and Constitution, America “has a unique character that makes it the greatest country in the world” (York 2010). For

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Alexander Hamilton: A Martyr for Liberty?

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Alexander Hamilton

Eight days after his notorious June 18 speech at the Constitutional Convention where he recommended an executive and senate to serve during good behavior, potentially for life, Alexander Hamilton rose to make some general comments about what was at stake

Constitutional Moments

Constitutional Moments

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This lengthy essay is adapted from a “Constitution Day” talk delivered at several universities over the past month. It attempts to understand the country’s current predicament in light of the Founder’s “constitutional moment.” Our problems are neither a matter of

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