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56 Vand. L. Rev. 1815 (2003)
War and American Constitutional Order

handle is hein.journals/vanlr56 and id is 1829 raw text is: War and American Constitutional
Order
Mark E. Brandon*
I.      INTRODU   CTION   ................................................................... 1815
II.     HISTORY OF AMERICAN MILITARY CONFLICT ..................... 1817
III.    CONSTITUTIONAL IMPLICATIONS ........................................ 1821
A .     N ational E  thos ........................................................ 1824
B .     R ig h ts  ...................................................................... 182 9
C.      Operation of Republican Government .................... 1839
D.      Allocation of Institutional Authority ...................... 1842
E .     Sovereignty  .............................................................. 1856
IV .    C ON CLU SION  ....................................................................... 1862
I. INTRODUCTION
In their introduction to a fine new edition of Alexis de
Tocqueville's Democracy in America, Harvey C. Mansfield and Delba
Winthrop claim that [i]f the twentieth century has been an American
century, it is because the work of America... has been to keep
democracy strong where it is alive and to promote it where it is weak
or nonexistent.1     By democracy they doubtless intend something
akin    to   constitutional    democracy,2     liberal   democracy,3     or
* Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University Law School. Thanks to Alison Brown for research, to
the participants in the Georgetown/PEGS Discussion Group on Constitutional Law and my
colleagues at Vanderbilt University Law School, for forums to talk about the essay; and to
Rebecca Brown, Robert Covington, Allison Danner, Paul Edelman, James Ely, John Goldberg,
Chris Guthrie, Walter Murphy, Richard Nagareda, Suzanna Sherry, Robert Thompson, and
Christopher Yoo for helpful comments and conversations.
1.  ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE, DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA xvii (Harvey C. Mansfield & Delba
Winthrop eds., 2000).
2.  See, e.g., WALTER F. MURPHY ET AL., AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL INTERPRETATION 41-53
(2d ed. 1995).
3.  See WILLIAM F. HARRIS II, THE INTERPRETABLE CONSTITUTION 85, 162 (1993).
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