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The Founders and Us: Chapter 2

Founders Madison and Hamilton clashed over the constitutionality of a national bank, while Founders Washington and Madison had a constitutional dispute over the power to make treaties. Does the existence of these disagreements undercut the arguments of present-day “originalists” who believe the meaning of the Constitution is fixed and immutable? Not at all, says Brookhiser, although he says today’s originalists must be accommodative to those disagreements.

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