Stephen B. Presser

About Stephen B. Presser

Stephen B. Presser is the Raoul Berger Professor of Legal History Emeritus at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law, and the author of “Law Professors: Three Centuries of Shaping American Law” (West Academic Publishers, 2017). In the academic year 2018-2019, Professor Presser is a Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Can Aristotle and St. Thomas Help Us Preserve the Constitution?

One way to understand the American Revolution is that it was Englishmen fighting Englishmen for the rights of Englishmen. The failure of the British monarch and the British parliament to give the North American English colonists a say in whether they were to be taxed and how, whether their rights to trial by jury were

By | 2020-01-12T16:16:20-07:00 January 12th, 2020|Tags: |

Revealing the Real Cause of Deep State Corruption

What could possibly explain the transparent nonsense that is the attempt to impeach and remove President Donald Trump? The farrago of exaggerations and outright lies that the leadership of the Democrats in the House of Representatives are currently peddling makes little sense. Impeachment was a remedy crafted by the Founders to remove a corrupt official

By | 2019-12-30T10:28:37-07:00 December 29th, 2019|Tags: |

The Shakespearean Grandeur of Trump Derangement Syndrome

Trump Derangement Syndrome, now playing out in the impeachment proceedings in the House, would require a Shakespeare adequately to describe and understand the way it is playing out as a motivating factor in our politics. The Bard did give us a hint of what is going on in one of his more obscure yet fabulously

By | 2019-12-07T18:25:13-07:00 December 7th, 2019|Tags: |

There Is No Good Case for Impeachment

In the next phase of the impeachment proceedings currently underway against President Donald Trump, the task of the House of Representatives will be to determine what offenses are impeachable and whether the facts, as found by the House Intelligence Committee, constitute such impeachable actions. This should not be a difficult job. Perhaps we can save

By | 2019-11-30T21:11:21-07:00 November 26th, 2019|Tags: |

President Trump Did the Right Thing with the Dreamers.
Will the Supreme Court?

If one president decides that he has the power to suspend the application of a law, when he clearly has no such right, may his successor, by an executive decree, reverse his predecessor’s decision? This question, ridiculous as it sounds, is now actually before the United States Supreme Court, and will be resolved by a

By | 2019-11-18T02:51:49-07:00 November 17th, 2019|Tags: |

Reversing the Venality of American Politics

In Gordon Wood’s elegant little summary of the lives of the Framers, Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different (2006), the greatest of living American historians laments that those who created the United States put in place a structure that made it impossible for people like them ever to exist again. Most of the Founders—in

By | 2019-10-31T23:16:49-07:00 October 30th, 2019|Tags: |

What the Framers Knew That Hillary Doesn’t

Hillary Clinton was in the news this week for her odd feud with 2020 presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard, a Democratic member of Congress from Hawaii. Clinton accused Gabbard of being a “Russian asset” who is being groomed by the Kremlin to defect from the Democratic Party and run as a third-party candidate. The two-time presidential

By | 2019-10-19T17:31:09-07:00 October 19th, 2019|Tags: |

American Greatness Itself is at Stake in 2020, and Trump Knows It

For those of us who can remember when our politics was more civil, when Republicans and Democrats actually seemed to respect each other and could trade control over the presidency without wild claims of illegitimacy being hurled at the incumbent, the recent behavior of Democrats is puzzling. How can one explain the now obviously transparent

By | 2019-10-06T19:55:49-07:00 October 6th, 2019|Tags: |

If Not the Hand of Providence, Then Timeless Political Principles

Should our 232-year-old United States Constitution still be binding? For the last few years, progressives increasingly have begun to answer with an emphatic “No!” The most visible such criticism of our fundamental law is the attack on the Electoral College, which provides for indirect election of the president by electors who, if the truth be

By | 2019-09-23T20:12:49-07:00 September 23rd, 2019|Tags: |

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