2013 Constitution Day Debate
September 26, 2013, DSU Ballroom, 6:00 p.m.
"The Limits of Executive Power: Is the NSA's Domestic Surveillance Constitutional?"
Articles and resources for Eric Posner and David Cole
- David Cole faculty profile
- "Obama, Syria, and the Constitution" by David Cole
- "Are We Stuck With the Imperial Presidency?" by David Cole
- Eric Posner faculty profile and personal web page
- "Obama Is Only Making His War Powers Mightier" by Eric Posner
Essential resources for self-study:
Once the Constitution was written, it had to be adopted. In the late 1700’s the methods of marketing were different than today, but the proposed new Constitution had to be sold to the public to win ratification by the states. The Federalist Papers are a collection of essays (what today we would call “op-ed” pieces) that were published in two New York newspapers during the campaign for ratification of the Constitution. The collected essays wonderfully explain the issues that the Constitution writers faced and the thinking that went behind the different provisions of the Constitution.
The full text of the Constitution.
The Bill of Rights was a series of amendments to the original Constitution. The amendments were considered to be necessary additional safeguards for individual rights as we moved from the weak unity of the Confederation to the (relatively) much stronger central government of the Constitution.
The day of Monday, September 17, 2013, has been designated by Congress as Constitution Day in the United States. CNU's Center for American Studies will be organizing activities during September to observe the occasion and promote study of the Constitution.