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Friday, August 12, 2011

What should we call those who enacted the Constitution?
Mike Rappaport

At the Originalism Blog, I have a post on this question.  In that post, I explain the problems with all of the usual names: Framers, Ratifiers, Founders.  My current usage is the Enactors, but maybe others have a suggestion.

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I would call them God-fearing, liberty-loving men who were willing to put their very lives on the line a decade earlier; for the last line of our Declaration reads:

"For the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor."

Sacred honor is sorely lacking in our current political class.

Posted by: MarkT | Aug 12, 2011 4:54:08 PM

How about "the People"?

Posted by: Tom Smith | Aug 12, 2011 6:35:23 PM

We must chase the enemy from our country.Who chatters to you,will chater of you.

Posted by: boardwalk empire dvd | Aug 13, 2011 12:04:44 AM

Say in a basso profundo: "I'm an enactor, laddy". Sounds good to me.

Posted by: dearieme | Aug 13, 2011 11:22:30 AM

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Posted by: datingboerse kostenlos | Aug 13, 2011 5:16:25 PM

Founders by a landslide.

Posted by: james wilson | Aug 14, 2011 10:49:37 AM