Constitution 101: Definitions Don’t Change Over Time

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What does the power to establish “Post Offices and post Roads” teach us about reading the Constitution? Quite a bit. Getting it wrong can lead to some serious problems.

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Federal, not National: These United States

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During the Massachusetts ratification debates, Fisher Aims gave a stark warning that’s been totally ignored over the last 100-plus years. He said a “consolidation of the States would subvert the new Constitution.”

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States are not Required to Help the Federal Government

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Even though the Supreme Court often gets things wrong on the Constitution, the Prigg case has not only stood the test of time, it has helped cement James Madison’s advice that states and individuals should refuse “to comply with officers of the Union.”

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