How do you interpret a constitution?

The biggest cause of confusion faced by Originalists—the folks who think the Constitution means what it originally did in the late 1700s—isn’t the one you’d probably guess at first.  You’d probably guess it has to do with how we can know what 18th century Americans were thinking.  And how can anyone know what Americans more…

Customer Feedback, Week 3

[Lay impressions on the week’s politics for the benefit of hypothetical GOP leaders looking to know whether and how the week’s political messaging went over. More information about this series can be found here. Other posts in the series can be found here.] Reactions to this week’s political messaging, particularly concerning House Republican leadership: GOP…

Book Report 2012

While the little one made 2012 a light blogging year, I tried to keep up with my book list as a consolation.  Past book reports are here:  2011; 2010; and 2009. 1. The Death and Life of the Great American School System, by Diane Ravitch.  This book by education historian and former Assistant Secretary of…

Bill Clinton’s History Lesson

“We champion the cause for which our founders pledged their lives, their fortunes, their sacred honor— to form a more perfect union. If that’s what you believe, if that’s what you want, we have to re-elect President Barack Obama.” Except that “our sacred honor” was the Declaration of Independence in 1776. “A more perfect union”…