“James Madison Institute event to debate ‘liberal’ U.S. Constitution”
September 15, 2014
By Phil Ammann
Over the past few decades, legal commentators have engaged in an ideological battle to settle a long-running debate over the U.S. Constitution. Scholars are beginning to ask if our founding document, as a political text, is either “liberal” or “conservative.”
On Tuesday, Sept. 16, the issue comes to Tallahassee as part of the Constitution Day celebration hosted by the James Madison Institute, a Florida-based libertarian think-tank.
“Is the Constitution Liberal, Conservative or Neither,” a discussion featuring David Azerrad of the Heritage Foundation, will begin 7 p.m. September 16 — Constitution Day eve — at the Challenger Learning Center Planetarium.
According to the invite, Azerrad’s answer may come as a surprise to many.
As a director of the Heritage Foundation Simon Center for Principles and Politics, Azerrad lectures on the tenets of the American political tradition, speaking with policymakers, political leaders and the public to draw a connection between America’s founding principles to the some of the most pressing issues of the day.
The James Madison Institute is a research and educational organization whose goal is to promote conservative public policies based on principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and strong national defense.
Also on Tuesday night, JMI will be awarding Eva Baker, creator of with the group’s Preston A. Wells, Jr. Student Award. The event is free, and will include a drawing where one student who RSVPs to the event can win $100.
Challenger Learning Center is located at 200 S. Duval Street in Tallahassee. From more information, or to reserve a seat, visit