Category: Understanding the US Constitution

The Great Writ, Bill Of Attainder, and Ex Post Facto Laws

Greetings Everyone!  Today we are going to look at clauses two and three in Article One, Section Nine of our Constitution.  They read;

The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.”


“No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.”

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Constitution Post: On the Issue of Slavery

Greetings Everyone!

It’s time for yet another Constitution post!  I’m excited to share with you Article 1, Section 9, Clause 1, of our Constitution.  It reads;

“The migration or importation of such persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight, (1808) but a tax or duty may be imposed on such importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each person.”

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America’s Christian Heritage – The Miraculous Constitution

It was 1777.  The Second Continental Congress had successfully passed the Declaration of Independence a year ago, and the War for Independence was still ongoing.  Unity was critical; it had made the passage of the aforementioned document possible, even while many within the different states objected to its approval.

But now that unity was needed more than ever.  A select committee had been assigned a year earlier to determine the form of government the colonies would adopt.  Now their proposal lay before Congress; indeed, this was the key moment which would determine the fate of the Articles of Confederation.

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Enclave Clause and The Necessary and Proper Clause

“To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-yards, and other needful Buildings…”

“To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.”

Today we are going to look at Clauses 17 and 18 of Article 1, Section 8. Both of these clauses go hand in hand.

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