The Federalist Papers: No. 84

At about this time in 1788, Alexander Hamilton (a.k.a. Publius) was writing Federalist Paper No. 84. His essay would later appear in a bound volume with other Federalist essays (see below). Hamilton addresses miscellaneous objections to the Constitution. He first addresses the most obvious concern of many Americans at the time: The Constitution then lacked […]

Real-life Election Stories: The U.S. House decides the election of 1824

The 2016 presidential election has barely begun, but it’s already been one for the record books.  One sad aspect of this election year? The media spin! It is undermining Americans’ understanding of their own election systems–and even their own Constitution. Unfortunately, media discussions have sometimes blurred the distinction between the political primaries and the Electoral College. (In reality, the two are […]

The Failures of the Republican Primaries vs. The Benefits of Our Electoral College

What are we to make of this year’s Republican primaries?  Is anyone truly satisfied with the outcome—even Trump supporters?  The primaries have left Republicans fractured and angry. It’s unclear whether the party can still manage to find a way to unify before November. If only the primaries operated  more like our Electoral College! Remember, the […]

The Federalist Papers: No. 83

At about this time in 1788, Alexander Hamilton (a.k.a. Publius) was writing Federalist Paper No. 83. His essay would later appear in a bound volume with other Federalist essays (see below). You guessed it. Hamilton is STILL talking about the judiciary. This time, he is talking about the provisions regarding trial by jury. Article III […]