Originalism or original intent originalists think that the best way to interpret the constitution is to determine how the framers intended the constitution to be interpreted they look to several sources to determine this intent including the contemporary writings of the framers newspaper articles the federalist papers and the notes from the constitutional convention itself. The united states has demonstrated an unprecedented determination to preserve and protect its written constitution thereby providing the american experiment in democracy with the oldest written constitution still in force the constitution of the united states is a carefully balanced document. Certain times and places are better suited to one theory of constitutional interpretation than are other times and places the court should include justices with different approaches to constitutional interpretation a court without dissenters is a court that will not adequately inform us of the costs of choosing the path taken. Students learn that you cant take constitutional language at face value those phrases we read in the bill of rights such as cruel and unusual punishment or being a witness against yourself have specialized meaning based on years of interpretation by the supreme court students analyze real life cases interpreting the 8th and 5th amendments to see whether they interpret
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