Unraveling the Legal Dramas: From Unprecedented Covid Shutdowns to Trump's Riveting Election Showdowns! | Jay Wexler (Author & Constitutional Law Prof.)
The James Altucher ShowFebruary 29, 202401:04:3959.2 MB

Unraveling the Legal Dramas: From Unprecedented Covid Shutdowns to Trump's Riveting Election Showdowns! | Jay Wexler (Author & Constitutional Law Prof.)

James leads an enlightening conversation with Jay Wexler, a professor of constitutional law at Boston University and author of 'The Odd Clauses'. They explore topics ranging from state rights in decision-making, such as Texas' border policies and Colorado's stance on the national presidential ballot, to significant constitutional debates such as the power of the Supreme Court, the implications of COVID-19 business shutdowns, and the increasingly prominent discussions around freedom of speech and presidential powers.

A Note from James: 

I'm confused. There are so many national and international issues being debated on constitutional grounds lately. For example, issues at the Texas border and federal versus state powers—like the case of friends versus the state of Colorado. Does a state have the right to decide who appears on the national presidential ballot?

Regarding COVID-19, I'm wondering if it was constitutional to close down all the businesses. It might have been the right decision, but does it infringe on our right to life, liberty, and property without due process? 

I posed these questions to a renowned constitutional expert, the author of "The Odd Clauses," who is also a professor of constitutional law at Boston University, Jay Wexler. He provided insights into which recent events were constitutional and which may not have been. Here's what he had to say.

Episode Description:

James leads an enlightening conversation with Jay Wexler, a professor of constitutional law at Boston University and author of 'The Odd Clauses'. They explore topics ranging from state rights in decision-making, such as Texas' border policies and Colorado's stance on the national presidential ballot, to significant constitutional debates such as the power of the Supreme Court, the implications of COVID-19 business shutdowns, and the increasingly prominent discussions around freedom of speech and presidential powers. 

Wexler provides deep insights into each topic, shedding light on the constitutional underpinnings and contemporary interpretations that inform these critical national discussions. The discussion also touches on potential constitutional conflicts and the nuanced understanding required to navigate these issues, with particular emphasis on the importance of Constitution's adaptability over time and the ongoing debate between originalism versus evolutionary interpretation.

 

Episode Summary:

01:00 Introduction: The Constitution in the News

01:46 Interview with Constitutional Expert Jay Wexler

02:33 The Life of a Law Professor

03:13 Challenges of Teaching in the Digital Age

04:49 Constitutional Battles in Recent Years

06:16 The Power of the Supreme Court

07:00 The Intricacies of Marbury v. Madison

08:34 The Role of the Supreme Court in the Executive Branch

11:38 The Texas Border Issue and Constitutional Merit

24:46 The Power of States in Deciding Presidential Candidates

33:18 Understanding the Qualifications for Presidential Candidates

36:06 Exploring the Impact of COVID-19 on Businesses and Constitutional Rights

37:34 The Lochner Era and its Influence on Business Regulations

40:20 Religious Rights and Restrictions during the COVID-19 Pandemic

44:22 The Controversial Topic of State Secession

51:31 The Intricacies of Freedom of Speech and its Boundaries

54:51 The Power and Limitations of Presidential Executive Orders

01:05:51 The Unusual Third Amendment and its Interpretation

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