The Constitution: News You Can Use

While we wait to see whether and how far the Supreme Court might move toward restoring a more principled constitutionalism with its decision in the Obamacare case, there is good news for readers looking to step up their game on constitutional literacy: The Heritage Foundation has posted its fabulous Heritage Guide to the Constitution online.  The Heritage Guide is a clause-by-clause commentary on our great charter, and it is extremely useful.  I’ve used it often when I’ve taught courses on constitutionalism.  Now that it is online Heritage will be able to update it.

Next, while we’re rounding up good sources to have handy for constitutional defense, bookmark the Claremont Institute’s Center for the Jurisprudence of the Natural Law (, which features the reflections of my old roommate John Eastman (keep those blackmail payments coming, John), and Hadley Arkes of Amherst.  Hadley is getting on in years now, but is still very sharp, though he says he now has to use a prescription from his doctor for medication that helps him come up with reflections.  But he notes the warning label has an 800 number to call in the case of reflections lasting longer than four hours.

These, along with the Hillsdale College’s online course, “Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution,” are all you need to encircle and defeat the liberal Tribes (heh) that see the Constitution as their plastic playground.  Hillsdale’s companion reader (pictured to the left here) is also very much worth having and studying.


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