Contemporary Americans almost never read the Constitution. Instead, we seize on individual magic-sounding words (“declare war,” “natural born,” “keep and bear,” etc.). I’ve spent the last three years studying the text, and it seems to me that, even in a crisis, we might want to read the words with the care we’d bring to, say, the instructions for assembling an Ikea wardrobe.
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