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Electoral College Duty to Uphold and Defend Constitution?

Some states provide sanctions for not voting for the candidate who represents their party (apparently Wash does not) with provisions for electors to take an oath.... My question is are electors' like public servants required to take an oath to defend the constitution? Also does any political party in the US require members to take an oath to defend the constitution?
posted by Jim_Jam on Nov 22, 2016 - 2 answers

"I'm going to see what I can do about that."

So, what would have to happen to undo same-sex marriage? How bad is this? [more inside]
posted by joycehealy on Nov 9, 2016 - 5 answers

What is a good video about the founding fathers (of the US)?

I am teaching a college-level introductory government class and need to include content about the Founding Fathers and their views on government. My expertise is in environmental law/policy, which is where most of the class will focus, but I do need to cover the traditional constitution-writing, independence-declaring stuff as well. I already have readings (from Zinn, and also a mainstream textbook) but I would like a compelling video about the founding fathers - and, hopefully, their disparate and conflicting viewpoints - to round out our first week. I was thinking of PBS or something like that, but I'm having a hard time finding anything that is 1) long enough, 2) not too long (>60 minutes), and 3) college level. Any ideas?
posted by Princess Blueberry on Sep 8, 2015 - 8 answers

What's a good US naturalization present?

My brother-in-law got naturalized on Tuesday and my wife and I want to get him a present. I'm thinking something tied to America, nice quality and perhaps something he can hang or display, though I'm flexible on that last requirement. [more inside]
posted by adrianb on Jul 23, 2015 - 15 answers

How did we get public schools and universities?

There is no Constitutional guarantee of education. So is it mandated, organized and funded through each state? Some more generous than others? Their constitution? or legislature? How did this evolve? And how are basic, minimum standards guaranteed? Federal law? What a mess if every town could set their own standards. But isn't that actually happening with the 'creationist' movement?
posted by ebesan on Jun 9, 2015 - 12 answers

Can a Legislature administer itself?

Since the Doctrine of Ultra Vires depends on administrative law which is derived from a Legislature, can a legislature administer itself? If a Constitution Convention is ever triggered under Article V, would the Doctrine of Ultra Vires apply and prevent the convention from introducing drastic new changes to the Constitution rather than addressing a specific proposed amendment?
posted by CollectiveMind on Oct 15, 2014 - 10 answers

Trying to source a quote about justice

Trying to source a quote - my father always told me something like, "If the innocent don't stand up for their rights the job is left to the guilty" or something like that. Who was he paraphrasing? [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on Aug 29, 2014 - 5 answers

Can you repeal a constitution?

I'm working for a subsidiary organization that has an outdated constitution and by-laws. The structure is so different from the current model constitution of the parent organization that it would seem easier to just strike the original one and replace it, rather than amending specific articles. My question is, given that there is no direction in the constitution itself about a complete overhaul (only how to amend it), can you repeal an entire constitution? Is "repeal" even the right term?
posted by ccalgreen on Feb 6, 2014 - 5 answers

State Constitutions Website

I've made a website to make it easier to access state constitutions. Help me figure out how to reach the people who will be most interested.
posted by CollectiveMind on Sep 10, 2013 - 6 answers

State Constitutions

US Supreme Court decisions and how state law can limit them has made me curious about state constitutions. I understand that the 10th Amendment grants to the states powers not explicitly given to the Federal government. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Jul 18, 2013 - 14 answers

Am I being legally surveilled?

My boss owns the apartment in which I reside. Above the front door is a large and ominous security camera replete with a bank of infrared lights. My comings and goings are recorded and accessible by not only the boss (who was unaware of its existence), but 2 other employees who have no right to watch what I do. Or do they? Can someone answer me: is this scenario legal?
posted by eedele on Oct 27, 2012 - 25 answers

Don't just obey the law. Support it!

What does this oath mean, in practice, and what does "supporting a constitution" entail? [more inside]
posted by kengraham on Apr 6, 2012 - 13 answers

Not libertarianism, not socialism, something completely different

Where would I go to collaborate on re-architecting government? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Nov 27, 2011 - 6 answers

What are the arguments for and against corporate personhood?

What are the arguments for and against corporate personhood? [more inside]
posted by spbmp on Nov 3, 2011 - 8 answers

Economical ethics and doing business with ME

Is the US government constitutionally able to enact a law that could make salary equity requirements of all entities doing business with them? [more inside]
posted by Surfurrus on Jun 3, 2011 - 18 answers

All men are created unequal

Help me locate scholarly or serious resources discussing the idea that "all men are created equal." [more inside]
posted by syzygy on Mar 1, 2011 - 11 answers

"I would prefer not to produce my ID, thanks."

Do you have personal experience or anecdotes of what happened when a police officer requested an ID from you and you refused? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Justice on Dec 9, 2010 - 15 answers

Has Article Four, Section Four of the US Constitution ever been explicitly invoked?

Has Article Four of the US Constitution ever been explicitly invoked to justify state violence or state action against American citizens? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Nov 2, 2010 - 11 answers

Help me teach the First Amendment

Help me teach the First Amendment (to my students, that is- this isn't an O'Donnell Filter) [more inside]
posted by elliss on Oct 20, 2010 - 19 answers

help my brother teach 5th graders how to write about the Constitution!

Help with Grade 5 Writing Project (related to the U.S. Constitution) [more inside]
posted by DuckGirl on Apr 27, 2010 - 9 answers

Applying constitutional law abroad

Applying constitutional law abroad [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 23, 2010 - 6 answers

How would it be Constitutional to hold Guantanamo Bay detainees in the United States without trial?

How would it be Constitutional to hold Guantanamo Bay detainees in the United States without trial? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha on Jan 23, 2010 - 28 answers

Laying down the law...

Does my grassroots advocacy organization need bylaws? What should they look like? [more inside]
posted by opek on Dec 15, 2009 - 4 answers

Review book for Criminal Procedure

What is the best hornbook for a law school Criminal Procedure class? [more inside]
posted by j1950 on Nov 19, 2009 - 10 answers

Constitutionality of US federal death penalty

How would a more qualified person refute my dumb legal theory regarding the death penalty? [more inside]
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Aug 27, 2009 - 18 answers

Galbraith on the Constitutionality of Paper Money

This morning I came across the following sentence on pg. 58 of John Kenneth Galbraith's A Short History of Financial Euphoria: "The Constitution forbade the federal government and, needless to say, also the states to issue paper money." Article 1, section 10 says that states can't issue paper money, but where does the Constitution say that the federal government can't?
posted by timmygoestothezoo on Jul 5, 2009 - 9 answers

What's the deal with UNCAT, the Genva Convetions, and the US?

I have some questions about torture regarding international and US law, especially the Geneva Conventions and the UNCAT. [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on May 13, 2009 - 5 answers

Marbury v. Madison mayhem!

Either I have found a secret flaw in the opinion, or I am misunderstanding something major about Marbury v. Madison. The later is more likely, being as this would have been brought up before as one of the most important SCOTUS cases... but I can't find it anywhere! [more inside]
posted by shadowfelldown on Mar 2, 2009 - 8 answers

Whose Gaza is it anyway?

Is Gaza considered a separate nation-state from the Palestinian Authority by the Israeli government? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman on Jan 15, 2009 - 5 answers

What (for him) to do?

ForA(Best)FriendFilter: What can a smart, idealistic kid do out of college in the DC area which relates to law & the study of the constitution? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Dec 24, 2008 - 9 answers

Can Bush Refuse an Obama Pardon?

May George W. Bush refuse a pardon from Barack Obama? [more inside]
posted by Ironmouth on Nov 17, 2008 - 19 answers

It's been on my mind: what legal say do the dead have?

In the United States, what legal rights are there for dead people? Does the constitution have stipulations for the rights of dead Americans and non-Americans who die in America? Also, how long - hypothetically - does a person need to be dead until their body becomes public property and, in the case of those who die leaving kin, are dead bodies 'owned', and for how long?
posted by parmanparman on Sep 11, 2008 - 15 answers

Should Immigrants Be Required to Learn a National Language?

What are the reasons for and against constitutionally requiring a specific national language? [more inside]
posted by netbros on Aug 28, 2008 - 74 answers

What are the most common criticisms of the Treaty of Lisbon?

What are the most common points of criticism of the Treaty of Lisbon, and how do they relate to the failed European Constitution? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Jun 13, 2008 - 7 answers

The power to tax is the power to destroy

Does the 'use tax' charged by states for purchases made outside their borders violate the commerce clause? [more inside]
posted by mullingitover on Mar 12, 2008 - 3 answers

Well t'aint a pardon, and t'aint attainder...

Two to three questions involving the pending FISA bill--specifically the immunity provisions. [more inside]
posted by dsword on Jan 24, 2008 - 13 answers

What movie clip could I show my students to start a conversation about the Constitution?

What movie clip/s could I show my 8th graders that would make them say, "Damn, I really do need to care about the Constitution!"? [more inside]
posted by allthewhile on Dec 4, 2007 - 28 answers

Indians- Why and How?

What are MeFi's favorite resources about American Indian law? I'm a fairly well-read person on the letters of the law- I read the appropriate journals and legal briefs- but I'd like a more comprehensive set of rhetoric about the native peoples of the Americas. [more inside]
posted by thethirdman on Jun 26, 2007 - 8 answers

Reading an unwritten constitution?

Reading an unwritten constitution? [more inside]
posted by awesomebrad on Mar 29, 2007 - 14 answers

Help me sift through the deluge of potential topics!

What do you feel is the biggest case, or group of cases, concerning online censorship and a breach of first ammendment rights to happen in the past five years? [more inside]
posted by fvox13 on Feb 26, 2007 - 11 answers

Is that a veto in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?

I just wanted to check this. Didn't Bush pocket veto the "interrogation bill?" And if he didn't, why didn't that happen? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches on Oct 17, 2006 - 4 answers

I want my habeas corpus

How, with our system of law, can the Military Commissions Act be repealed? [more inside]
posted by frecklefaerie on Oct 1, 2006 - 25 answers

Must all statutory laws be written?

Is there a constitutional provision in the United States that all statutory laws must be written and/or available to the public for review? [more inside]
posted by chitlin on Jul 20, 2006 - 18 answers

Single minded political activism

Political Activism Question: I want to oppose the marriage amendment. [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx on Jun 5, 2006 - 10 answers

How does Article II lead to the unchecked executive?

What is the reasoning that says Article II of the U.S. Constitution gives the President blanket powers in matters of "national security"? [more inside]
posted by aaronetc on Feb 15, 2006 - 20 answers

Are we "at war"?

Is the United States "at war" or not? If Congress only authorized the use of force against Iraq, and did not formally declare war, what is our status under the Constitution? What about Afganistan?
posted by sushrob on Jan 16, 2006 - 18 answers

Historical Hemp

Is it true that the original US Constitution is written on hemp paper? Cite? [more inside]
posted by furiousxgeorge on Dec 15, 2005 - 15 answers

Law school is sucking up my soul

Where can I get a really good downloadable PDF or Word copy of the Constitution with Amendments? So far I have only found crappy or incomplete copies. [more inside]
posted by ohio on Dec 14, 2005 - 5 answers

How many Gay Marriage Amendments?

How many attempts have there been to pass a constitutional amendment that limits marriage to a relationship between a man and a woman? [more inside]
posted by xoe26 on Nov 20, 2005 - 5 answers

I do not think that word means what you think it means

2nd amendment filter: Did "regulated" mean something completely different at the time? [more inside]
posted by 445supermag on Nov 7, 2005 - 22 answers

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