87 U. Det. Mercy L. Rev. 415 (2009-2010)
Selling Ourselves into Slavery: An Originalist Defense of Tacit Substantive Limits to the Article V Amendment Process and the Double-Entendre of Unalienable

handle is hein.journals/udetmr87 and id is 426 raw text is: Selling Ourselves into Slavery: An
Originalist Defense of Tacit Substantive
Limits to the Article V Amendment
Process and the Double-Entendre of
Unalienable
LANDON W. MAGNUSSON*
TABLE OF CONTENTS
ABSTRACT        .............................................. ......416
INTRODUCTION           ................................................416
I. ARTICLE V LIMITATIONS        ....................................419
A. Amending Written Constitutions           .................419
B. Article V and Explicit Limits ...................421
C. Implied Structural Limits.......................423
II. BEYOND ARTICLE V: THE CONSTITUTION OF OUR
CONSTITUTION      ....................................... ......424
A. . . . That They Are Endowed By Their Creator with
Certain Unalienable Rights : The Double-entendre of
Unalienable      .........................   ......426
B. Primary Objections to Unalienability: Going Back to
Locke      ..................................431
C. Secondary Objections to Unalienability: The Federal-
State Double Standard.................     .......434
D. Tertiary  Objections to  Unalienability: Does the
Rhetoric Translate into Rules? ..................436
III. ENFORCING ARTICLE V'S IMPLICIT LIMITS............. ......437
A. The Supreme Court's Role in Enforcement .... .....438
B. Constitutional  Self-Policing:  Enforcement   and
Emoluments        .........................  ......440
1. The Independent Interpretation of the President.... 441
* J.D. 2010, J. Reuben Clark Law School-Brigham Young University. I would
like to thank Professors Frederick M. Gedicks and Kif Augustine-Adams for their helpful
insight while writing this Article.

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