Constitution's original understanding as a color-blind document that respected the textual limits of national authority and understood the importance of federalism.
In making these claims, Ed Meese was challenging the established legal fraternity head-on. For this, he would be chastised by legal academics, vilified by the press, and ultimately hounded into a marginally early resignation. My service in OLC largely coincided with that of Attorney General Edwin Meese. These pages are about the legal thinking that he inspired. In the vernacular of the time, these pages are about a Department of Justice where "ideas had consequences." In recording them, it is hoped that they may again one day.
Before beginning, a brief word about sources. I have largely relied upon personal recollection, and where events preceded or followed my tenure, library and interview research. To verify facts and dates, I have consulted my unclassified chronological files and personal notes, being careful not to quote any material about events that have not yet become public or that might in any way disadvantage the current legal positions of my former client, the United States. Throughout, I have striven to make any criticism--of person or event--constructive and any praise objective.
I acknowledge the help and encouragement of many, especially my wife, Carolyn, and our five children who cheerfully kept tabs on their father's writing progress. The research assistance of the Notre Dame Law Library, particularly librarians Dwight King and Carmella Kinslow, and law students, Elena Baca and Martin Heli, was most welcome. The secretarial patience of Corinne Karlin and Darlene Carlson could not be exhausted. Finally, I here publicly acknowledge the legal achievements, integrity, and dedication of the lawyers and staff of OLC during my tenure.