The Federalist Papers: No. 69

On this day in 1788, Federalist Paper No. 69 is published. Alexander Hamilton (a.k.a. “Publius”) begins his discussion of the “real characters of the proposed Executive.” Americans had just broken free from a tyrannical Monarch. The powers given to the American President would be among their chief concerns. Publius spends some time defending aspects of […]

The Federalist Papers: No. 68

On this day in 1788, Federalist Paper No. 68 is published. Alexander Hamilton (a.k.a. “Publius”) defends the Constitution’s unique presidential election process. The Electoral College was fairly uncontroversial during the ratification debates. What has changed since then? I would argue that our *needs* have not changed. We still need a President that can represent and […]

The Federalist Papers: No. 67

On this day in 1788, Federalist Paper No. 67 is published. Alexander Hamilton (a.k.a. “Publius”) turns his attention to the constitutional provisions made for the President. Publius feels compelled to immediately address the presidential power to make recess appointments during Senate vacancies. Kind of interesting, isn’t it? If he were going sequentially, he would have […]

The Federalist Papers: No. 66

On this day in 1788, Federalist Paper No. 66 is published. Alexander Hamilton (a.k.a. “Publius”) continues his discussion of the constitutional provision that makes the Senate a court for the trial of impeachments. He addresses several specific objections. First, does the plan violate the principle of separation of powers? You may remember that Publius already […]