First Principles: Constitutional Interpretation Is Dependent On Original Intent

“On every question of construction [of the Constitution], let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed.”
— Thomas Jefferson (letter to William Johnson) June 12, 1823

 

This is the very reason it is so crucial that we understand The Federalist PapersThe Anti-Federalist Papers and the notes from the Constitutional Convention itself.  Sophistry is not a good replacement for sound reasoning and plain language evidence as to what the Constitution means.

 

 

 

 

 

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