What Matters in the Constitution

A response to George Will.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE ‘F or several generations, the most intense, complex and consequential arguments among conservatives have concerned how to construe the Constitution — the various flavors of textualism and originalism — and the role of courts in society,” George Will recently wrote.

Over the course of his career, Will has switched sides in those arguments. His previous concern that federal judges will wrongly overrule other branches of the federal government, and intrude on the domains of state governments, has faded, while his worry that judges will leave too many governmental infringements of liberty in place has grown.

Around the time the New York Times published

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.


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