Saturday, September 26, 2015

Doug Kendall, Patriot and Visionary


Doug Kendall, the Founder and President of the Constitutional Accountability Center, died today at the age of 51 from colon cancer. The CAC website has a tribute to Doug's life and work.

Doug organized the Constitutional Accountability Center to promote his deeply held belief that the Constitution is at its core a document of progress.  He maintained that our Constitution's text, history and structure pointed toward ever greater protection for freedom and equality.  In an era when conservative originalists claimed a monopoly on constitutional fidelity, Doug Kendall spoke confidently and eloquently for a progressive constitutional faith. He defended the great achievements of American constitutionalism and argued that they were fully consistent with the Constitution's text and history.  He yielded to no one in his devotion and commitment to fidelity to the United States Constitution.

Doug gave these ideas life through his tireless efforts in scholarship, litigation, and institution-building. And he succeeded beyond what anyone could have imagined when he began. He was a great man doing great things. We are all in his debt.

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