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The Electoral College Was Terrible From the Start - The Atlantic
It’s doubtful even Alexander Hamilton believed what he was selling in “Federalist No. 68.”
Before we get to the Electoral College, can we talk about Alexander Hamilton?
As a political figure, Hamilton was volatile, mercurial, choleric, vindictive, conniving, disloyal, and incontinent; those personal flaws eventually led to his death in a duel with Aaron Burr. We remember him because he was also smart, creative, dashing, and decisive. And if you’d had a case in front of a New York court, he’d have been the lawyer to hire. Brilliant doesn’t do justice to his advocacy skills.
But an advocate is what he was. If he were a car salesman today, he could convince you that you really don’t want the backup camera in your family minivan, because this baby here knows not to back into walls.
It’s in that context that we should read his panegyric, from “Federalist No. 68,” to the “mode of appointment of the chief magistrate of the United States” by the electors, a “small number of persons, selected by their fellow-citizens from the general mass, [who] will be most likely to possess the information and discernment requisite to such complicated investigations.” The electors, he assured us, will be “men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station, and acting under circumstances favorable to deliberation, and to a judicious combination of all the reasons and inducements which were proper to govern their choice.”
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11 hours ago by rgl7194
@chiproytx: Why is the Constitution important? Because it gives us a structure for government that separates and diffuses its power, arguably more valuable a protection for the people than the Bill of Rights. We would do well to remember that. #Constituti
@chiproytx
Why is the Constitution important? Because it gives us a structure for government that separates and diffuses its power, arguably more valuable a protection for the people than the Bill of Rights. We would do well to remember that. #ConstitutionDay
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yesterday by cbearden
Teaching Trump – Reason.com
Information about a course on constitutional law in the age of President Trump.
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7 days ago by swashgirl
It is parliament’s duty to resist Johnson’s dangerous no-deal Brexit strategy | Dominic Grieve | Opinion | The Guardian
There will not be the parliament v the people election the prime minister seems so desperately to want, despite the highly irresponsible nature of such framing. When one does come, it needs to be focused on sensible options as to how we get ourselves out of the mess and division that Brexit is creating for us all.

It is noteworthy that my mailbag suggests the public understands the issues very well. The Yellowhammer revelations of the consequences of no deal cannot be ignored. The realisation has also come that a no-deal Brexit is the start of a long and wearying journey to find a new trade deal with the EU from a position of maximum disadvantage and not some glorious moment of national self-assertion.

I start the new week therefore with quiet optimism. We have at last a powerful coalition for moderation. The prime minister and his advisers are going to find it rather difficult to knock it down. They would do better to focus on finding a way of going back to the public and asking them what they now want and uniting parliament to deliver it. This would be a genuine exercise in democracy. Seeking to impose their own minority views on our country in the way they are is not acceptable and must be resisted.
UK  EU  Brexit  noDeal  JohnsonBoris  Benn-BurtBill  legislation  Article50  extension  HouseOfCommons  democracy  constitution  dctagged  dc:creator=GrieveDominic 
12 days ago by petej
Maria Soto Was Born in the U.S., yet the Trump Administration Won't Give Her a Passport. We're Suing. | ACLU of Oregon
"Last summer, the Trump administration created a “Denaturalization Task Force” to attempt to strip some naturalized citizens of their citizenship, and the Washington Post reported on a surge of passport denials for Latino Americans who were born along the border. And just last week, President Trump again told reporters he was investigating whether he could issue an Executive Order ending birthright citizenship as guaranteed by the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution. ( Spoiler alert: he can’t.)"
racism  GOP  assholes  policy  constitution  america 
21 days ago by conner

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