In this final episode from their Bill of Rights series, Jay and Luke read the Ninth Amendment and Tenth Amendments together, trace the political fight between Federalists and Antifederalists underlying these amendments, and show how they frame the relationship between the people, the states, and the federal government.
The guys also outline how the Ninth Amendment calls into question overarching theories about incorporating the Bill of Rights against the states, and point out how it clears up elements already present in the Constitution. Finally, they link the text of the amendments to their sources in England and the state constitutions. These sources help illustrate the extent to which the Bill of Rights is a check on federal power but not the guarantor of a libertarian political economy. Instead, the Bill of Rights remains throughout an attempt to prevent the criminalization of politics. These are stacked powers: The people sit behind the states, the states enjoy a lot of power foregone by the federal government, but the federal government also serves as a meaningful check on the states.
President Trump urged the president of Turkey in a phone call Monday not to "mistreat" Kurdish forces who have fought alongside U.S. troops against the Islamic State.
“The President expressed the desire to work together to address Turkey’s security concerns in northeast Syria while stressing the importance ...
On Monday, Gillette — the razor and shaving-cream company — joined the chorus of cultural forces decrying so-called “toxic masculinity.” The company ran an online commercial suggesting that the history of American masculinity is rife with sexual harassment, bullying, and cruelty — and that the new ...
The old anti-Semitism was mostly, but not exclusively, a tribal prejudice expressed in America up until the mid 20th century most intensely on the right. It manifested itself from the silk-stocking country club and corporation (“gentlemen’s agreement”) to the rawer regions of the Ku Klux Klan’s lunatic ...
It’s déjà vu all over again. A federal judge has blocked a lawful Trump-administration policy, essentially enshrining the Obama administration’s policy choices in social-justice granite. The practical result is a judicial equivalent of a one-way ratchet. The pattern is clear:
Step One: The Obama ...
Democrats and others on the left offer three reasons for their opposition to building a wall on America's southern border.
1. A wall is ineffective.
2. A wall is too expensive.
3. A wall is immoral.
Each one is false, so false as to constitute lies. So, the only question is: Do Democrats and others on ...
Let’s begin with a series of difficult questions. What should the FBI do when it possesses information that causes trained counterintelligence officials to fear that the president of the United States is — either knowingly or unknowingly — falling under the influence of a hostile foreign power? Should the ...