The bizarre doctrine of original intent

Joseph J. Ellis: “Yet the constitutional doctrine of original intent has always struck most historians of the founding era as rather bizarre. For they, more than most, know that the original framers of the Constitution harbored deep disagreements over the document’s core provisions, that the debates in the state ratifying conventions further exposed the divisions of opinion on such seminal issues as federal vs. state jurisdiction, the powers of the executive branch, even whether there was — or should be — an ultimate arbiter of the purposefully ambiguous language of the document.”

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