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  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Patrick Henry #1

    01/17/2011 8:04:52 AM PST · by Publius · 24 replies · 1+ views
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 17 January 2011 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Patrick Henry Goes on the AttackPatrick Henry belongs to the same group as Thomas Paine and Samuel Adams, revolutionaries who lit the flame that George Washington kept from being extinguished. Like Adams, Henry had failed in business, but while Adams became a wizard at the art of political propaganda, Henry turned instead to the law, standing for home rule and economic self-determination, advocating in favor of the ancient British tradition of being taxed by one’s own legislators. He further argued that colonial legislatures could not assign that right to Parliament. Because Parliament had long exercised a general right to tax...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Brutus #16

    01/13/2011 7:49:21 AM PST · by Publius · 7 replies
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 13 January 2011 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Brutus Dissects the SenateBrutus finishes his issues with the Judiciary Branch and takes a close look at the Senate. Brutus #16 10 April 1788 1 When great and extraordinary powers are vested in any man or body of men, which in their exercise may operate to the oppression of the people, it is of high importance that powerful checks should be formed to prevent the abuse of it. *** 2 Perhaps no restraints are more forcible than such as arise from responsibility to some superior power. 3 Hence it is that the true policy of a republican government is to...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #77

    01/10/2011 7:59:36 AM PST · by Publius · 19 replies
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 10 January 2011 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Hamilton Finishes His Survey of the Executive BranchHamilton addresses the subject of appointments by the President and concurrence by the Senate. Federalist #77The Executive (Part 11 of 11) Alexander Hamilton, 4 April 1788 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 It has been mentioned as one of the advantages to be expected from the cooperation of the Senate in the business of appointments that it would contribute to the stability of the administration. 3 The consent of that body would be necessary to displace as well as to appoint. 4 A change of the Chief...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #76

    01/06/2011 7:42:40 AM PST · by Publius · 10 replies
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 6 January 2011 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Hamilton Explores the Power of AppointmentHamilton tackles the powers of the President to appoint officials and the role of the Senate in advice and consent. Federalist #76The Executive (Part 10 of 11) Alexander Hamilton, 1 April 1788 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 The President is “to nominate, and, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, judges of the Supreme Court, and all other officers of the United States whose appointments are not otherwise provided for in the Constitution. But the Congress may...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #75

    01/03/2011 7:56:33 AM PST · by Publius · 1 replies
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 3 January 2011 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Hamilton Explores the President and the Power to Make TreatiesWhile Hamilton turned to Jay to explore the Senate’s role in making treaties, he himself addresses the President’s responsibilities in this regard. Federalist #75The Executive (Part 9 of 11) Alexander Hamilton, 26 March 1788 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 The President is to have power, “by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two thirds of the senators present concur.” *** 3 Though this provision has been assailed on different grounds with no small degree of vehemence, I...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #74

    12/30/2010 8:04:17 AM PST · by Publius · 1 replies · 2+ views
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 30 December 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Hamilton Addresses the Military and PardonsIn this very short essay, Hamilton takes a look at the President’s control of the military and parses the degrees of pardoning power the President will possess. Federalist #74The Executive (Part 8 of 11) Alexander Hamilton, 25 March 1788 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 The President of the United States is to be “commander-in-chief of the army and navy of the United States, and of the militia of the several States when called into the actual service of the United States.” 3 The propriety of this provision is...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #73

    12/27/2010 8:00:44 AM PST · by Publius · 9 replies · 1+ views
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 27 December 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Hamilton Addresses the Presidential VetoIn examining the attributes of the Presidency, Hamilton looks at the separation of powers of the Legislative and Executive branches and the use of the Executive’s veto power. Federalist #73The Executive (Part 7 of 11) Alexander Hamilton, 21 March 1788 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 The third ingredient towards constituting the vigor of the Executive authority is an adequate provision for its support. 3 It is evident that without proper attention to this article, the separation of the Executive from the Legislative department would be merely nominal and nugatory....
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #72

    12/23/2010 8:04:53 AM PST · by Publius · 6 replies · 1+ views
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 23 December 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Hamilton Addresses Term Limits for the PresidentHamilton looks at the issues that would arise from restricting the number of terms the President could serve. Federalist #72The Executive (Part 6 of 11) Alexander Hamilton, 21 March 1788 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 The administration of government in its largest sense comprehends all the operations of the body politic, whether legislative, executive, or judiciary, but in its most usual and perhaps its most precise signification. it is limited to executive details and falls peculiarly within the province of the executive department. 3 The actual conduct...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #71

    12/16/2010 7:28:50 AM PST · by Publius · 5 replies
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 16 December 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Hamilton Addresses the Length of the President’s TermHamilton takes a look at the attributes of the Executive and the optimum length for his term of office. Federalist #71The Executive (Part 5 of 11) Alexander Hamilton, 18 March 1788 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 Duration in office has been mentioned as the second requisite to the energy of the Executive authority. 3 This has relation to two objects: to the personal firmness of the Executive Magistrate in the employment of his constitutional powers, and to the stability of the system of administration which may...
  • 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...