The Arizona Origins to the Top 10 Constitutional Myth List

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It all began with a speech to the state's House Democratic Caucus

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My proposal for a list of America's Biggest Constitutional Myths has drawn some interest so far. I will be posting a detailed discussion of Myth One ("The Right Believes in a 'Written Constitution,' All Others Believe in a 'Living Constitution'") later this week, with essays on each of the 10 to follow more or less weekly. In the interim, I am sifting through your nominations to see whether any of them merit a longer treatment. (The numerous comments suggesting "Myth One: Epps is Not an Idiot" are being filed in the "spoiled ballots" box.)

In the interim, though, readers may be interested in the origin of the Myth List, which I drew up when I was invited to address the House Democratic Caucus of the Arizona House of Representatives. Arizona is currently the New Orleans of constitutional-nonsense flooding, awash in gibberish propounded by State Sen. Russell Pearce and his far-right mentors at the National Center for Constitutional Studies. I didn't know what to expect when I went to Phoenix, but at my address, at any rate, I found a group of people eager to talk about questions of constitutional interpretation at a fairly high level. I want to thank the Caucus for its invitation, and particular Rep. Steve Farley (D-Tucson) and Rep. Debbie McCune Davis (D-Phoenix), my hosts on a tour that gave me a very sobering sense of what constitutional crisis looks like at ground zero.

You can watch the talk here:

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Garrett Epps, a former reporter for The Washington Post, is a novelist and legal scholar. He teaches courses in constitutional law and creative writing for law students at the University of Baltimore and lives in Washington, D.C. His new book is American Epic: Reading the U.S. Constitution.

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