Category: Democracy

Punishment of Counterfeiting – Constitution Article 1 §8.6

Punishment of Counterfeiting – Constitution Article 1 §8.6

This week I’m studying Article 1 §8.6 of the Constitution. It’s about the Congress’ power to punish counterfeiters. I’m not particularly interested in counterfeiting, but I am interested in living in a country that works. In the wonderful anime series Kino’s Journey, a character who’s looking to settle down wanders into a nice, boring country…

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Constitution Article 1 §8.5 – Coinage, Weights, and Measures

Constitution Article 1 §8.5 – Coinage, Weights, and Measures

This week I’m studying Article 1 §8.5 of the Constitution. It’s about the Congress’ power over coinage, weights, and measures. When I hear “coinage, weights, and measures” I think about how much stress I have related to my finances, my weight, and the shape of my body. I wish I could just leave it to…

Constitution Article 1 §8.4 – Bankruptcy

Constitution Article 1 §8.4 – Bankruptcy

In the wonderful anime series Kino’s Journey, a character who wanders the world in search of a place to settle down finds a country where people live in relative peace and freedom and are welcoming to newcomers. His companion comments that it seems like a perfectly normal place, to which he replies, “A lot of…

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Constitution Article 1 §8.4, Naturalization

Constitution Article 1 §8.4, Naturalization

The Constitution can’t defend itself, and we can’t defend it either if we don’t know what it says. That’s why I study a little bit of it each week. There are seven articles in the Constitution, and I’m still on the first one. Article One has ten sections; I’m studying Section 8, which enumerates the…

Constitution Article 1 §8.3, On Intercourse

Constitution Article 1 §8.3, On Intercourse

The Constitution can’t defend itself, and we can’t defend it either if we don’t know what it says. That’s why I study a little bit of it each week. There are seven articles in the Constitution, and I’m still on the first one. Article One has ten sections; I’m studying Section 8, which enumerates the…

Constitution Article 1 §8.2, National Debt

Constitution Article 1 §8.2, National Debt

The Constitution can’t defend itself, and we can’t defend it either if we don’t know what it says. That’s why we read it on Wednesdays. Last week I learned about Article One, Section 8, Clause 1, about Congress’ power of taxation. Section 8 is all about the powers of Congress, and today I’ll look at…

Constitution Article 1 §8.1, Superpower: Taxation

Constitution Article 1 §8.1, Superpower: Taxation

The Constitution can’t defend itself, and we can’t defend it either if we don’t know what it says. That’s why on Wednesdays we study the Constitution. Last week I learned about Article One, Section 7, Clause 3, the Orders, Resolutions, and Votes Clause, also fondly referred to as the ORV Clause. That completed Section 7,…

The Orders, Resolutions, and Votes Clause, Constitution Article 1.7.3

The Orders, Resolutions, and Votes Clause, Constitution Article 1.7.3

I took some time off from Constitutional study to work on the administrative side of my blog (see my pretty new URL?) and watch the entire Marvel cinematic universe while my kids were home on break. The Constitution can’t defend itself, and we can’t defend it either if we don’t know what it says. So…

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The Origination Clause, Article 1 §7.1

The Origination Clause, Article 1 §7.1

On Wednesdays we study the Constitution. Why study? Well, I think it should be obvious that democracy dies when citizens are dumb. I don’t want to be dumb, and I don’t want democracy to die. Why Wednesday? It works with my schedule. What’s next? Article One, Section 7, Clause 1, aka the Origination Clause.

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