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By Ilya Shapiro

Situations critiqued within the 2008-2009 version comprise significant courtroom judgements at the vote casting Rights Act, opposite racial discrimination in employment, the clash among loose speech and spiritual institution, the law of pharmaceutical medicinal drugs, and critical instances within the components of legal approach, antitrust, and hard work legislations.

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27 See Barnett, supra note 19, at 89–117. ’’ That the original meaning of provisions like these are vague does not mean that they provide no guidance at all. For one thing there are core or paradigm cases to which they clearly apply, and peripheral cases to which they clearly do not. A text is vague when it is unclear whether a borderline case is included or excluded by its meaning. In this situation, the original meaning of the text must be supplemented. 28 This does not entail that constitutional construction is an entirely open-ended affair.

C. ’’ But what about laws that regulate rather than prohibit the exercise of this right? Suppose a law allows the concealed carrying of a firearm, but only by those adults who take an approved firearms safety course: Is this regulation reasonable? Because whatever answer to this question is given will not be deduced directly from the original meaning of the Second Amendment, a construction of the Constitution in addition to an interpretation is required. How constitutional construction should be done is a bigger issue than I can address here, so let me simply summarize the conclusion I defend in Restoring the Lost Constitution: constitutional construction 28 See Barnett, supra note 19, at 118–130.

While the domestic powers of the federal government are constitutionally limited, its foreign policy powers are, for all intents and purposes, limited only by political mechanisms. Conclusion So is the Constitution libertarian? Even with all the caveats and qualifications, the answer is clear. As written, the original Constitution of the United States, together with its amendments, may be the most explicitly libertarian governing document ever actually enacted into law. 63 But the Constitution says that the enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparate others retained by the people.

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