Three Mistakes the Founders Made

By |2016-06-11T09:34:04-05:00June 1st, 2016|

By any objective standard, it would be difficult to claim that the Constitution really matters at any practical level in the United States. At a symbolic level, it still means a great deal. But, what a disconnect: that it matters so much in our minds and language but that it means nothing in our [...]

Perishing for Want of Imagery: The Moral Imagination

By |2018-10-25T17:19:21-05:00March 29th, 2015|Tags: |

  “It is imagination that governs the human race.” No professor of literature wrote those words: that is an aphorism of the master of the big battalions, Napoleon Bonaparte. In a time when we Americans ought to be entering upon an Augustan age, we seem enervated. A feeling of powerlessness oppresses many Americans. Even [...]

The Reserved Powers of the Tenth Amendment

By |2019-01-10T13:45:40-05:00May 17th, 2012|Tags: |

The Tenth Amendment and State Sovereignty: Constitutional History and Contemporary Issues, Mark R. Killenbeck (Editor) The Tenth Amendment can best be described as the last visible battlefield breastwork of the constitutional struggle between the forces of centralization and those of localism. But just as military advances have made nineteenth-century earthen breastworks mostly obsolete, so, too, [...]