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The Best of the USConstitution Message Board

There have been forums active on this site since August 1997. In that time, many pearls of wisdom have been posted to the forums, by many people, on many subjects.

This page is a "Best Of" of sorts. "Nominations" for inclusion on this page are sent in by readers of the fourms, or placed here by the Webmaster. If you see a post you would like to see included on this page, please send the message number to the Webmaster. The message will be reviewed and if it meets the (subjective) criteria for "Best," it will be placed on this page for all to see.

Ninth Amendment by Emsworth, posted on 11/28/2005. Nominated by George.
A synopsis of quoted from contemporary documents explaining the understanding of the purpose of the 9th Amdendment.

Re: Analyzing the Ten Commandments Debates by Ken Grady, posted on 03/29/2005. Nominated by Kemosabe.
An argument as to why morality need not be based on religion to be a force in society.

Re: 16th Amendment by Andy, posted on 02/13/2004.
A look at several key parts of 16th Amendment case law, including notes from the Brushaber and Stanton cases.

Constitutional Response Against Paranoia by Kemosabe, posted on 08/30/2001. Nominated by Ian.
This message, and its ensuing thread, is the origin of the use of the acronym "C.R.A.P." to address some of the board's conspiracy theories. A classic from one of the forums' long time contributors.

The Unconstitutional 14th Amendment? by Ken Grady, posted on 12/26/2001. Nominated by Kemosabe and Ian.
Addressing several threads concerning the legality of the 14th Amendment, Ken looks at some of the questions surrounding the amendment and anticipates several questions that could arise from the controversy.

Re: Judicial Review by Ian Jeffrey Slavin, posted on 09/10/2001. Nominated by Kemosabe.
A picture-perfect description of Marbury v. Madison and the issues surrounding the famous case.

To Our Student Users by Kemosabe, updated on 11/01/2003.
A new version of some practical advice for anyone looking for information about the Constitution and thinking of posting a question to a message board.

The Fourth Division by SPECS, posted on 05/04/2000.
In this post, SPECS outlines his idea for a fourth branch of government, a people's branch, and touches on a proposed amendment, the Feedback Amendment, to allow more input by the people into the government's inner workings.

Vermont's "Gay Marriage" Ruling by Steve Mount, posted on 12/28/1999.
A detailed explanation of the Vermont Supreme Court's ruling in Baker v Vermont, which spurred much debate nationally, in-state, and on this site.

Recognize our right's N O W! by Fated_1, posted on 07/13/1999.
Fated_1's call for a "Kick Butt" amendment (later called "Wampus Assus"). Though presented tongue-in-cheek, Fated proposes the finding of an unenumerated right (or the creation of a new amendment) upholding one's right to physically harm "ruffians."

Math Against Tyranny by Sean, posted on 02/11/1999. Nominated by Fated_1.
This message is very short, but points to an article published in Discover Magazine that addresses the Electoral College, and how, through its use, the average voter actually has more power to turn an election than he or she would have if there was no Electoral College. A very thought-provoking article.

Re: Math Against Tyranny by Ian, posted on 09/28/2003.
A rebuttal of the Math Against Tyranny article by a proponent of the abolition of the Electoral College.

Justification of Federal Drug Prohibition by Steve Mount, posted on 07/27/1998.
Challenged to explain how the federal government acquired the ability to regulate illicit drugs, the author presents the results of his research.

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