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  • How Much Trash a Political Rally Leaves for Others to Clean Up Tells You Something, Doesn’t It?

    How Much Trash a Political Rally Leaves for Others to Clean Up Tells You Something, Doesn’t It?0

    • March 6, 2017

    There is an adage—restated many times and by many authors—that you can tell more about a person’s character by how he treats his social “inferiors” than by how he treats those equal to or above him. A middle-manager who abuses the office janitor shows a character defect. The adage holds this abuse reveals more about

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  • Conservatives Should Abandon the Filibuster

    Conservatives Should Abandon the Filibuster0

    • February 15, 2017

    Conservatives traditionally have supported the Senate filibuster because, supposedly, it puts the brakes on expansion of government. I’ve long thought conservatives should reconsider. With Democrats planning to filibuster President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, a good time to reconsider is now. That’s because history shows that, on balance, the filibuster doesn’t put the brakes on

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  • Yes, Mr. President—You Must Enforce Laws You Don’t Like

    Yes, Mr. President—You Must Enforce Laws You Don’t Like0

    • January 3, 2017

    Must the president enforce laws he doesn’t like? The answer to this question lies in the Constitution’s phrase that the president “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”

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  • Trump’s Businesses May Not Violate the Emoluments Clause

    Trump’s Businesses May Not Violate the Emoluments Clause0

    • December 29, 2016

    Professor Michael Ramsey recently pointed out that commentators who claim Donald Trump will violate the Constitution’s Foreign Emoluments Clause on the day of his inauguration haven’t done their homework…

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  • Ebenezer Hazard: Forgotten Founder

    Ebenezer Hazard: Forgotten Founder0

    • December 6, 2016

    An earlier version of this article first appeared in Townhall.com. When we celebrate leading American founders such as George Washington and James Madison, we sometimes overlook their talented colleagues. One of these was Ebenezer Hazard. As postmaster general under the Articles of Confederation, he helped bind the country together. As a historical editor, he preserved precious

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  • For the Latest In Matters Constitutional, Check out Our Dedicated Websites!

    For the Latest In Matters Constitutional, Check out Our Dedicated Websites!0

    • November 13, 2016

    The Independence Institute’s constitutional scholars maintain websites dedicated to everything latest—and everything historical—about the U.S. Constitution. For Rob Natelson’s commentary on the Constitution, go to robnatelson.com For Dave Kopel’s commentary on the Second Amendment, self-defense, terrorism, and for links to Colorado Inside Out, go to davekopel.com For our special website dedicated to the Constitution’s amendment

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