ON-Lion Letter
In mid-October, the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research in New York City hosted its 21st annual Wriston Lecture.  U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas spoke on "Judging in a Government by Consent," including how to interpret the Constitution.
"[T]here are really only two ways to interpret the Constitution -- try to discern as best we can what the framers intended or make it up," according to Thomas.  "No matter how ingenious, imaginative or artfully put, unless interpretive methodologies are tied to the original intent of the framers, they have no more basis in the Constitution than the latest football scores.

"To be sure," he concluded, "even the most conscientious effort to adhere to the original intent of the framers of our Constitution is flawed, as all methodologies and human institutions are; but at least originalism has the advantage of being legitimate and, I might add, impartial."

Video of the event will be available online soon.  The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports the Manhattan Institute.
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