• Lessons Learned: The Articles of Confederation
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    Lessons Learned: The Articles of Confederation

    Do you think it is easy to write a constitution for a country? Did you ever wonder why the United States has a constitution that has lasted for more than two centuries while other countries have failed to find one that works? I’m Jim Lindsay, and this is Lessons Learned. Our topic today is the Articles of Confederation, which went into effect on March 1, 1781, when Maryland became the 13th and final colony to ratify it. Most of us know all about the major battles and events of the American Revolution. April 19, 1775 saw Paul Revere’s midnight ride and the battles at Lexington and Concord. July 4,, 1776…

  • The Articles of Confederation
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    The Articles of Confederation

    THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION REPRESENTED THE ONLY WAY OF CREATING AN EFFECTIVE ALLIANCE AMONG THE AMERICAN REPUBLICS. THE AMERICAN PROVINCES HAD VERY LITTLE TO DO WITH EACH OTHER UNDER THE BRITISH EMPIRE. ONLY NEIGHBORS WOULD HAVE CERTAIN ARRANGEMENTS, OR COMMON POLICIES. BUT, BY AND LARGE, THE PRIMARY RELATIONSHIP WAS BETWEEN EACH PROVINCE AND BRITAIN. AND SO THE AMERICAN PROVINCES, WHICH HAD NO EXPERIENCE OF BEING INDEPENDENT POLITIES, OF GOVERNING THEMSELVES, IN FOREIGN POLICY, PARTICULARLY, SUDDENLY FACED A CHALLENGE, VERY MUCH LIKE THE CHALLENGE THAT A GROUP OF INDEPENDENT NATIONS WOULD FACE. THE FACT THAT THEY CONSTITUTED A CONGRESS, OR HAD A SERIES OF CONGRESSES, IS PRECISELY WHAT THE SAME WORD…

  • ‘Divided by a common language: British and American perspectives on Constitutional Law’
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    ‘Divided by a common language: British and American perspectives on Constitutional Law’

    Good evening ladies and gentlement. I’m David Feldman. I am the Director of the Centre for Public Law in the University, and it is my great pleasure to welcome you on behalf of the Faculty of Law and the Centre for Public Law to this the seventeenth Sir David Williams Lecture. The Sir David Williams lectures were founded in 2001 to mark Sir David’s contribution to the field of public law. David was and remains an inspiration to generations of us academic lawyers and students. Loved equally for his wisdow, his humour, and his kindness to people, especially younger and less experienced people. He was of those people who always…

  • 20. Confederation
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    20. Confederation

    Prof: So today I’ve titled the lecture for today “Confederation,” but in a sense I’m going to be talking about something larger than that, and by the end of the lecture I’ll be talking about the Articles of Confederation. I’ll talk a little bit more about them on Thursday. But as I mentioned last Thursday, last Thursday’s lecture, today’s lecture and actually some of the few that are left — that are still to come–are all in one way or another dealing with big questions that were left looming after the fighting of the Revolution had passed. And we dealt with one of them on Thursday and that was the…

  • God and the Constitutions | Stoplight
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    God and the Constitutions | Stoplight

    Hi, I’m Stuart Shepard; This is Stoplight. If you’re a Christian conservative, you’ve heard it before: “The U.S. Constitution is a wholly secular document. It contains no mention of Christianity or Jesus Christ.” Exactly right! Okay. Here’s one way to look at it: The U.S. Constitution is an instruction manual. It spells out, “How do you build this thing?” Would you expect an instruction manual to include a Bible study? “After assembling the bookshelf base, pause for reflection and read Luke chapter 14 verse 30… Honey? Can you bring me a flathead screwdriver – and a Bible?” Cute. And it’s worth pointing out our Constitution is signed by a whole…

  • The Constitutional Option
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    The Constitutional Option

    When I won the senate election in 2008 I remember talking with my Dad and saying are there things that I should be reading in order to get ready for entering the Senate. And he said you know you ought to dust off that old autobiography of Clinton Anderson called Outsider in the Senate and reread that because he had some good things to say. And I remember very specifically him making the point in his autobiography that article one, section five of the constitution allows the Senate to assume responsibility for its rules every congress and vote on the rules. And this was the cause of his and a…

  • 1890 Constitution | A Thread Through Time | MPB
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    1890 Constitution | A Thread Through Time | MPB

    This week in 1890, our state adopted a new constitution that would change the course of our history. The previous summer, delegates had met in Jackson to draw up the new constitution. Topics included the regulation of railroads and levee construction. But the major issues were segregation and voting rights. The 1890 Constitution outlawed interracial marriage, and required a segregated public school system. It also introduced poll taxes and literacy tests for voters designed to suppress the African-American vote. Black voters essentially lost their voting rights, and with it, lost their voice in Mississippi politics until the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965. Now 127 years old, our State Constitution…

  • Stare Decisis: Precedent vs the Constitution
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    Stare Decisis: Precedent vs the Constitution

    Precedent does not trump the constitution, even when the court says it does. Stare decisis is Latin for “to stand by things decided.” In short, it is the doctrine of precedent. According to the Supreme Court, stare decisis “promotes the evenhanded, predictable, and consistent development of legal principles, fosters reliance on judicial decisions, and contributes to the actual and perceived integrity of the judicial process.” In practice, it is the judicial policy of sometimes adhering to a prior decision even when it was wrong. As the majority put it in the 1992 case of Planned Parenthood vs Casey, it is the practice of adhering to a prior decision “whether or…

  • DC, Maryland Sue President Donald Trump Over Constitution’s ‘Emoluments Clause’ | NBC Nightly News
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    DC, Maryland Sue President Donald Trump Over Constitution’s ‘Emoluments Clause’ | NBC Nightly News

    CONSTITUTION. OUR JUSTICE CORRESPONDENT PETE WILLIAMS HAS THOSE DETAILS. >>Reporter: ADDING NEW LEGAL FIREPOWER TO CHALLENGE PRESIDENT TRUMP’S WORLDWIDE BUSINESS HOLDINGS, MARYLAND AND THE DISTRICT OF COLOMBIA SAY HE’S VIOLATING THE CONSTITUTION’S BAN ON PUBLIC OFFICIALS RECEIVING PRESENTS OR PAYMENTS FROM FOREIGN SOURCES. THOSE PROVISIONS ARE WALLS THEIR SUIT SAYS AGAINST PRESIDENTIAL CORRUPTION. >>ONE THING WE KNOW ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS HE UNDERSTANDS THE VALUE OF — WALLS. THIS IS ONE HE CAN’T CLIMB UNDER. >>Reporter: THE LAWSUIT SAYS MR. TRUMP MARKETS HIS PROPERTY AS PRESIDENT AND BENEFITS BY PAYMENTS FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES AND HOLDING VENTS AND STAYING AT HIS WASHINGTON HOTEL. TOO MUCH OF A CONFLICT THEY SAY WHEN…