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  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Brutus #15

    12/20/2010 12:23:46 PM PST · by Publius · 24 replies · 3+ views
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 20 December 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Brutus Addresses the Accountability of the Supreme CourtIt is the lack of accountability of the Supreme Court that irks Brutus, and the fact that it is supreme over all branches of government. Brutus #15 20 March 1788 1 I said in my last number that the Supreme Court under this Constitution would be exalted above all other power in the government and subject to no control. 2 The business of this paper will be to illustrate this and to show the danger that will result from it. 3 I question whether the world ever saw in any period of it...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #70

    12/13/2010 7:58:50 AM PST · by Publius · 8 replies
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 13 December 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Hamilton Addresses the Strength and Number of the ExecutiveShould the Executive Branch consist of one vigorous person, or should there be a plural executive of some kind? Hamilton takes on the various aspects of the issue. Federalist #70The Executive (Part 4 of 11) Alexander Hamilton, 18 March 1788 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 There is an idea, which is not without its advocates, that a vigorous executive is inconsistent with the genius of republican government. 3 The enlightened well wishers to this species of government must at least hope that the supposition is...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #69

    12/09/2010 7:57:26 AM PST · by Publius · 1 replies
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 9 December 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Hamilton Engages in Comparisons to Other ExecutivesHamilton compares the powers of the powers of the American President to those of the King of England and the Governor of New York. Federalist #69The Executive (Part 3 of 11) Alexander Hamilton, 14 March 1788 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 I proceed now to trace the real characters of the proposed Executive as they are marked out in the plan of the Convention. 3 This will serve to place in a strong light the unfairness of the representations which have been made in regard to it....
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #68

    12/06/2010 6:53:49 AM PST · by Publius · 13 replies
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 6 December 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Hamilton Examines How the President is to be ChosenHamilton takes a look at the procedure for electing the President and justifies the Electoral College. Federalist #68The Executive (Part 2 of 11) Alexander Hamilton, 14 March 1788 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 The mode of appointment of the Chief Magistrate of the United States is almost the only part of the system of any consequence which has escaped without severe censure or which has received the slightest mark of approbation from its opponents. 3 The most plausible of these who has appeared in print...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #67

    12/02/2010 8:16:13 AM PST · by Publius · 2 replies · 1+ views
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 2 December 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Hamilton Addresses the PresidencyIn this, the first of eleven essays on the topic, Hamilton etches the objections of the anti-Federalists to the Executive in acid. It is a literary tour de force and shows Hamilton at his argumentative best. Federalist #67The Executive (Part 1 of 11) Alexander Hamilton, 11 March 1788 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 The constitution of the Executive department of the proposed government claims next our attention. *** 3 There is hardly any part of the system which could have been attended with greater difficulty in the arrangement of it...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #66

    11/29/2010 8:07:41 AM PST · by Publius · 3 replies
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 29 November 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Hamilton Finishes the Series on the SenateHamilton addresses objections to the role of the Senate in trying impeachments. Federalist #66The Senate (Part 5 of 5) Alexander Hamilton, 11 March 1788 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 A review of the principal objections that have appeared against the proposed court for the trial of impeachments will not improbably eradicate the remains of any unfavorable impressions which may still exist in regard to this matter. *** 3 The first of these objections is that the provision in question confounds legislative and judiciary authorities in the same...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #65

    11/26/2010 8:22:34 AM PST · by Publius · 13 replies
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 26 November 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Hamilton Tackles the Issue of ImpeachmentThe Constitution broke the impeachment process into several pieces, with each piece handled by a different branch. The House impeaches, and the Senate tries the case with the Chief Justice presiding. Hamilton defends the process invented by the Convention. Federalist #65The Senate (Part 4 of 5) Alexander Hamilton, 7 March 1788 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 The remaining powers which the plan of the Convention allots to the Senate in a distinct capacity are comprised in their participation with the Executive in the appointment to offices and in...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #64

    11/22/2010 7:59:21 AM PST · by Publius · 12 replies · 1+ views
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 22 November 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    John Jay Returns to the FrayWhen it comes to the role of the Senate in treaties, who better to comment than one of America’s premier diplomats? John Jay weighs in on the issue of foreign relations. Federalist #64The Senate (Part 3 of 5) John Jay, 7 March 1788 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 It is a just, and not a new, observation that enemies to particular persons, and opponents to particular measures, seldom confine their censures to such things only in either as are worthy of blame. 3 Unless on this principle, it...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #63

    11/18/2010 7:50:41 AM PST · by Publius · 3 replies
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 18 November 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Madison Turns to Ancient HistoryThe earnest professor of history analyzes the Senate with respect to its predecessors in ancient history and defines the case for a body less tempted to precipitous action than the House. Federalist #63The Senate (Part 2 of 5) James Madison, 1 March 1788 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 A fifth desideratum illustrating the utility of a senate is the want of a due sense of national character. 3 Without a select and stable member of the government, the esteem of foreign powers will not only be forfeited by an...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #61

    11/11/2010 8:12:38 AM PST · by Publius · 2 replies
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 11 November 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Hamilton Addresses the Timing of ElectionsShould federal election be held at the same time for all states? Is there merit in leaving this to the customs of each state? Hamilton lays out the argument for uniformity. Federalist #61The Regulation of Elections (Part 3 of 3) Alexander Hamilton, 26 February 1788 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 The more candid [opponents] of the provision respecting elections contained in the plan of the Convention, when pressed in argument, will sometimes concede the propriety of that provision with this qualification, however, that it ought to have been...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #62

    11/15/2010 6:45:07 AM PST · by Publius · 10 replies
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 15 November 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    All Three Authors Return to Dissect the SenateIn a tag-team operation, Madison and Hamilton discuss different aspects of the Senate, and even John Jay returns to examine the Senate’s role in treaties, something in which he was the national expert. First, Madison lays out the groundwork. Federalist #62The Senate (Part 1 of 5) James Madison, 27 February 1788 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 Having examined the constitution of the House of Representatives and answered such of the objections against it as seemed to merit notice, I enter next on the examination of the...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #59

    11/04/2010 7:51:14 AM PDT · by Publius · 5 replies
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 4 November 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Hamilton Returns to the FrayAfter an absence of several months, Alexander Hamilton returns to take up the issue of the conduct of federal elections. Federalist #59The Regulation of Elections (Part 1 of 3) Alexander Hamilton, 22 February 1788 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 The natural order of the subject leads us to consider in this place that provision of the Constitution which authorizes the National Legislature to regulate in the last resort the election of its own members. 3 It is in these words: “The times, places, and manner of holding elections for...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #60

    11/08/2010 7:51:03 AM PST · by Publius · 6 replies · 1+ views
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 8 November 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Hamilton Tackles the Issue of Social ClassWould the rules surrounding elections create a special class of men, separate from the people, who would occupy public office? Hamilton takes on a criticism based on social class. Federalist #60The Regulation of Elections (Part 2 of 3) Alexander Hamilton, 26 February 1788 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 We have seen that an uncontrollable power over the elections to the federal government could not without hazard be committed to the state legislatures. 3 Let us now see what would be the danger on the other side, that...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #58

    11/01/2010 7:54:17 AM PDT · by Publius · 5 replies
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 1 November 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Madison Addresses the Census and Enlarging the HouseIn his final essay on the topic, Madison takes up three charges against the makeup of the House and addresses them. Federalist #58The House of Representatives (Part 7 of 7) James Madison, 20 February 1788 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 The remaining charge against the House of Representatives, which I am to examine, is grounded on a supposition that the number of members will not be augmented from time to time as the progress of population may demand. *** 3 It has been admitted that this...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #57

    10/28/2010 7:53:52 AM PDT · by Publius · 13 replies
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 28 October 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Madison Addresses the Quality of CongressmenMadison takes on the issue of what kind of men will be elected to the House and how the people can affect that. Federalist #57The House of Representatives (Part 6 of 7) James Madison, 19 February 1788 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 The third charge against the House of Representatives is that it will be taken from that class of citizens which will have least sympathy with the mass of the people and be most likely to aim at an ambitious sacrifice of the many to the aggrandizement...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #56

    10/25/2010 8:00:44 AM PDT · by Publius · 16 replies · 1+ views
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 25 October 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Madison Addresses the Size and Attributes of the HouseUsing comparisons to Great Britain and comparisons between the states, Madison lays out his case for defending the size of the House. Federalist #56The House of Representatives (Part 5 of 7) James Madison, 19 February 1788 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 The second charge against the House of Representatives is that it will be too small to possess a due knowledge of the interests of its constituents. *** 3 As this objection evidently proceeds from a comparison of the proposed number of representatives with the...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #55

    10/21/2010 8:08:11 AM PDT · by Publius · 18 replies
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 21 October 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Madison Tackles the Major Objections to the House of RepresentativesIn the fourth of seven essays, Madison lists the objections to the makeup of the House of Representatives and answers them in detail. Federalist #55The House of Representatives (Part 4 of 7) James Madison, 15 February 1788 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 The number of which the House of Representatives is to consist forms another, and a very interesting, point of view under which this branch of the Federal Legislature may be contemplated. 3 Scarce any article indeed in the whole Constitution seems to...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Brutus #12-2

    10/18/2010 8:06:27 AM PDT · by Publius · 9 replies · 1+ views
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 18 October 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Brutus Takes on the Courts and the Necessary and Proper ClauseFinishing his essay from a week earlier, Brutus, likely Judge Robert Yates of New York, tackles the implications of the Necessary and Proper Clause and the effects of the federal courts on state sovereignty. Brutus #12, Part 2 14 February 1788 1 This same manner of explaining the Constitution will fix a meaning, and a very important one too, to the 18th clause of the same section which authorizes the Congress to make all laws which shall be proper and necessary for carrying into effect the foregoing powers, etc. 2...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #54

    10/14/2010 8:08:52 AM PDT · by Publius · 13 replies · 1+ views
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 14 October 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Madison Lays Out the Case for the Three-Fifths RuleMore like a lawyer than a historian, Madison states the Southern case and ties representation to taxation, noting the pitfalls in the Southern argument. Federalist #54The House of Representatives (Part 3 of 7) James Madison, 12 February 1788 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 The next view which I shall take of the House of Representatives relates to the appointment of its members to the several states which is to be determined by the same rule with that of direct taxes. *** 3 It is not...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #53

    10/04/2010 8:00:49 AM PDT · by Publius · 13 replies
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 4 October 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Madison Addresses the Terms of RepresentativesMadison further justifies the decision of the Convention to opt for biennial elections of representatives even though that was not the custom in the states. Federalist #53The House of Representatives (Part 2 of 7) James Madison, 12 February 1788 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 I shall here perhaps be reminded of a current observation, “that where annual elections end, tyranny begins.” 3 If it be true, as has often been remarked, that sayings which become proverbial are generally founded in reason, it is not less true that when...