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Jul 31, 2006 12:26 pm

Where Is the Constitution?

The question in the title is not like"Who's buried in Grant's tomb?" The answer isn't the National Archives. I mean the real constitution -- the set of attitudes that reflect what Americans will accept as legitimate actions by the people in government. Those tacit"rules" are the real constitution, not a piece of parchment behind glass somewhere or a booklet in someone's pocket. This real constitution more or less makes the written Constitution what it is at any given time. When Peter Finley Dunne's Mr. Dooley said that"th' Supreme Court follows th' illiction returns," he was only a little off.
Read the rest of my latest TGIF column at the Foundation for Economic Education website.

Cross-posted at Free Association.

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