The Senate.gov website has a section where it goes through the Constitution clause by clause and offers short “explanations” of what each one means.
I haven’t read all of the Senate’s commentary, but these two sections jumped out at me — in a bad way. In each case, the Senate’s interpretation adds significant qualifications that simply aren’t in the original text:
- The commentary on the First Amendment outright says that rights to free speech and press can be limited by “state censorship, especially during wartime.”
- The Ninth Amendment gets a HUGE qualifier in the requirement that rights reserved to the people must be explicitly listed elsewhere to count. This completely guts and indeed inverts the meaning of this amendment.
This isn’t surprising, of course, but it is revealing. View the original here (and tell me if you find other misleading summaries!).