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Roe and the Possibility of Compromise

This essay by Jon Shields of Claremont McKenna bears reading. Its thesis is that a difficult compromise on abortion can be reached by appealing to how most Americans view the issue: namely, Americans are more comfortable with abortions early in pregnancy and likelier to endorse fetal rights as pregnancy proceeds. Significantly, an atmosphere that is … Continue reading Roe and the Possibility of Compromise

The Forgotten Constitutionalist

Susan McWilliams Barndt is chair and professor of politics at Pomona College. She is a regular contributor to The Constitutionalist. John Dickinson is probably the most important American founder you’ve never heard of, or never thought much about.  Dickinson has faded into obscurity in part because, as his biographer Jane Calvert has put it, his “contemporaries … Continue reading The Forgotten Constitutionalist

What the 12th Amendment Presumes

I want to amplify one point in George Thomas’ excellent essay about John Eastman’s attempt to subvert the constitutional will of the public in 2020. Eastman’s reading of the Twelfth Amendment as giving the Vice President wholesale authority over the counting of votes is constitutionally implausible. The only official duty of the Vice President is … Continue reading What the 12th Amendment Presumes

John Eastman’s Big Lie

George Thomas is the Wohlford Professor of American Political Institutions and Director of the Salvatori Center at Claremont McKenna College. Professor Thomas is a regular contributor to The Constitutionalist. John Eastman was the architect of former President Trump’s plan to get his Vice President to declare him the winner of the 2020 election. The scheme turned … Continue reading John Eastman’s Big Lie


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