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If we define "constitutionalism" as a commitment to strict enforcement of a written
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ratifiers, then its opposite is the doctrine and practice of "legal realism",
which holds that the "law" is whatever judges do or can be expected to do, whose
main tenet is the doctrine of stare decisis as presently practiced,
and which is fundamentally in conflict with adherence to a written constitution.