Ratio juris- original intent
That the Constitution means what it was intended to mean when it was written
not all the possible interpretations that the lawyers have been able to come up with since.
There were copious debates and the details of what each part of it was to mean were hashed out in days-long debates. We have the transcriptions.
Very clear what the authors were intending to convey.
Instead law schools don’t even teach consitutional law.
They teach case law, which means what did another previous court and jury decide.
Not what was originally meant.
The problem with that is the same problem that arises with gossip over time.
As each party passes on a little snippet of information, the information gets modified and eventually it is unrecognizeable as what it started out as.
The original idea gets mutated and warped.
Out of sight-out of mind becomes invisible idiot.
The Constitution means what it meant.
For a federal judge to come out and put their own spin on it to please the person who appointed them does not change what it meant.
It just means that we no longer have a federal government.
Instead we have something infinitely more dangerous…
a national government.