In a piece for The Huffington Post, Fredrickson (pictured) notes that the nation is in the midst of a moment that "offers a tremendous opportunity to ensure that lawmakers, and all Americans, become more familiar with the genius and richness of our Constitution. No group or person has or should have the ability to corner the market on constitutional interpretation."
But Bachmann's first "Conservative Constitutional" gathering featured Justice Antonin Scalia, suggesting the congresswoman is far from interested in advancing a broad discussion of the Constitution. Instead, Fredrickson says Bachmann is all about promoting the Tea Party's limited embrace of the Constitution.
That cramped version of the Constitution envisions a founding document frozen in time and incapable of applying to today's society, and the many changes our nation has gone through. Indeed this week's first conservative constitution class featured Justice Antonin Scalia, a leading proponent of "originalism," a philosophy that says the Constitution should be read and applied in precisely the manner as the framers would intend, without considering the changes to our society. Originalism is a result-oriented approach to judging that typically allows a judge to reach right-wing results antithetical to the values held by our society.
Fredrickson's article notes that she has sent letters to Rep. Bachmann and House Speaker John Boehner offering an array of resources and experts to help broaden lawmakers' discussion of the Constitution.