You might be surprised to learn that the federal government does, by-and-large, follow the US Constitution–but not the one that was penned in 1787.
“Congress does follow the written Constitution,” said Gary Porter, who serves as the Executive Director of the Constitutional Leadership Initiative. He pulled a small booklet from his shirt pocket.
“This is a pocket Constitution,” he said. “It’s 4,400 words. About 7000 words if you count the amendments.” Porter then turned toward a large document on a nearby table. It looked like an encyclopedia.
“Here is the Constitution enforced today,” he said, flipping the book open with some effort.
“This is 3000 pages of Supreme Court rulings showing what every ruling has done to the original words.”
It’s called the The United States Constitution: Interpretation and Analysis and is available for free on a government website, but a physical copy costs about $300. The document serves as the legal authority for everything that the federal government does.
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