Constitutional Guidance for Lawmakers Series

The Heritage Foundation offers an excellent series of articles as a constitutional primer that contains  essential information and revelation for everyone currently serving in government or anyone considering pursuing public service. This information is recommended for students and teachers of history, politics and government and all patriots.

Founded in 1973, The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institution—a think tank—whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values and a strong national defense.

The Heritage Foundation believes the principles and ideals of the American Founding are worth conserving and renewing. As policy entrepreneurs, they believe the most effective solutions are consistent with those ideals and principles. Their vision is to build an America where freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and civil society flourish.

15 articles in this series:

1. Support and Defend: Understanding the Oath of Office

2. Legislative Powers: Not Yours to Give Away

3. The Constitution in One Sentence: Understanding the Tenth Amendment

4. Enough Is Enough: Why General Welfare Limits Spending

5. Commerce, Commerce, Everywhere: The Uses and Abuses of the Commerce Clause

6. Not So Sweeping After All: The Limits of the Necessary and Proper Clause

7. They Can’t Spend What You Don’t Approve: Rethinking the Appropriations Clause

8. Hands Off My Purse! Why Money Bills Originate in the House

9. How a Bill Becomes a Law: The Constitutional Way

10. Article V: Congress, Conventions, and Constitutional Amendments

11. Defining Citizens: Congress, Citizenship, and the Meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment

12. You Can Borrow, But You Can’t Hide: The Prudential Limits of the Borrowing Clause

13. The Sword and the Purse (Part 1); The Role of Congress in War

14. The Sword and the Purse (Part 2); The President as Commander in Chief

15. Faith Freedom and the First Amendment The Guarantee of Religious Liberty