Supreme Court decisions are often controversial. After all, if people hadn’t disagreed over an important constitutional issue, their case would not have reached the highest court in America to begin with
When the Framers of the Constitution sent their handiwork out to the states for ratification in 1787, opponents denounced it. The new system of government, they argued, threatened to take away power from the states and the people and give it to the federal government. Many of these Anti-Federalists, as they were called, agreed to support ratification, though, in return for a promise that the new Congress would quickly add amendments protecting the people’s rights.
We, the co-authors of Fault Lines in the Constitution, are ecstatic that the opening story of our first chapter is now obsolete.
Almost all major laws passed by Congress involve compromises to reach the necessary number of votes to pass.
Just as the Earth contains underground fault lines that slip, slide, and sink, causing earthquakes, so does the basis of our Constitution contain fractures that can demolish our government.
What’s a constitution for, anyway? What good does one do? What use is it?