Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Democracy or Constitutional Republic

                The topic of discussion for this Constitution Monday is a question:  Is the United States of America a democracy or a constitutional republic?  Do you know the difference between these two types of government?

                Randy Barnett, law professor at Georgetown University, wrote the book Our Republican Constitution in an effort to explain what “We the People” meant to the Founders. In a recent visit to The Heritage Foundation, Professor Barnett explained why he is pessimistic about the makeup of U.S. Supreme Court since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia’s death.

                “There’s a lot at stake with the next Supreme Court justice, but I can already tell you, I believe that fight has been lost. We have to decide how we’re going to survive under a court that is hostile to how we think.”

                To hear more of Professor Barnett’s thoughts about his book, the Supreme Court, and the Constitution, watch this interesting video made at The Heritage Foundation. 

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