Originalist Papers Bundle
When Donald Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court, the progressive left went ballistic that he selected an "originalist" justice to replace the most progressive member of the Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I would surmise that most leftists could not define "originalism" if asked, nor could most "conservatives." This is troubling. Originalism is based on the principle that the Constitution should be interpreted the way the founding generation insisted it would be interpreted at the time of ratification, not one hundred or two hundred years after some other justices on the Supreme Court wrapped their paws around it with dubious decisions.
This four part course is designed to make you familiar with the 100
most important public documents that favored ratification in 1787 and
1788, or in other words the real basis of originalism. Some of the
Papers are included in the course, but you'll also hear from other
important--perhaps more important than Hamilton, Madison, or
Jay--members of the founding generation who supported ratification and
why. Several themes become apparent when going through this stack of
speeches, pamphlets, and essays, but the most important is the primacy
of the States in the system and the limited powers of the general
government. There is some deviation to this narrative, even from men
like Hamilton, but most agreed the Constitution was so limited in its
delegated powers that other than commerce and defense, the people of the
States would rarely notice the general government.
This is THE reading seminar you need to understand the Constitution. Each lecture includes the corresponding document for download.