Essays


  • In Search of a Republican Majority
    Susan McWilliams Barndt is a regular contributor to The Constitutionalist. She is Chair and Professor in the Politics Department at Pomona College. For the health of this republic, we need Republican leaders to believe that theirs can become the majority …
  • Impeachment is About a Public Trust, not a President’s Rights
    Greg Weiner is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Assumption University. He is regular contributor for The Constitutionalist. The most dangerous and lingering precedent in the Trump trial may be the one both sides indulged: a legalistic conception …
  • Prudence and the Future of Conservatism
    Aurelian Craiutu is Professor of Political Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is the author, most recently, of A Virtue for Courageous Minds: Moderation in French Political Thought, 1748-1830 (Princeton University Press, 2012) and Faces of Moderation: The Art of …
  • Rhetorical Duty and the Constitutional Order
    Charles U. Zug is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Williams College. His research focuses on American Politics and Political Theory. On January 13, 2021, the House of Representatives voted to indict president Donald Trump with inciting an …
  • Constitutionalism and Reciprocity
    Fred Baumann is Professor of Political Science at Kenyon College. His areas of expertise are humanism, fraternity and political reciprocity. He has taught at Kenyon College since 1980. If all the talk about polarization in American politics needed an exclamation …
  • Executive Orders & Filibusters: The Constitutional Downsides
    Gary J. Schmitt is a Resident Scholar in Strategic Studies and American Institutions at American Enterprise Institute. Executive orders and Senate filibusters are both tools of governance—traditionally thought of as addendums to the toolbox available to the president and senators …
  • Demagoguery’s Apologists
    Stephen F. Knott is the author of The Lost Soul of the Presidency. Donald Trump was everything critics of a populist presidency, particularly Alexander Hamilton, worried about—a demagogue who displayed “talents for low intrigue” and practiced the “little arts of …

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