The modern idea that the Constitution, without further amendment, is an infinitely elastic document that allows government to grow to meet public demands of whatever kind must be challenged. Americans must come to appreciate that the Founding Fathers, who were keenly aware of the expansive tendencies of government, wrote the Constitution precisely to check that kind of thinking and that possibility. The Founders meant government to be our servant, not our master, and they meant it to serve us in a very limited way-by securing our rights, as the Declaration of Independence says, and by doing those few other things that government does best, as spelled out in the Constitution.

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The Role of the Judiciary

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Public Filings

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Arizona v. California

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Cato Reviews & Journals

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The Right to Keep and Bear Arms: 10 Years after Heller

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Events

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A Real Emergency: Executive Power under the National Emergencies Act

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The Indian Child Welfare Act at 40

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