I’ve had some real successes uncovering the “original understanding” behind our Constitution. I did this while working in a small law school with a small library and little research support.
Many people have asked me why law professors at top institutions with lavish research support hadn’t already discovered what I have found. The answer, I think, lies not so much in understanding me, as in understanding them.
To uncover what the Founding Generation really thought about the Constitution, you have to really want to do it. If you think of legal scholarship as mostly promoting your political views, then you don’t reach for the truth. Instead, you forage around for historical scraps that support your pre-fixed conclusion, and once you find them, you quit looking.
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