The 1787 Constitutional Conventions – Full Faith and Credit Clause

September 3, 1787 (Click to read Madison’s notes on the day) Summary Delegates approved the full faith and credit clause, bankruptcy provisions, and rules concerning ineligibility to hold office while in the legislature. Influences on the Delegates In the session, one delegate referred to England and another to a Rome. The clause in the Report, … Continue reading “The 1787 Constitutional Conventions – Full Faith and Credit Clause”

The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Judges, State Powers and Fugitive Slaves

August 28, 1787 (Click to read Madison’s notes) Summary The delegates continued tweaking the judiciary and spent much time on details of state powers. Influences on the Delegates The delegates did not refer to other nations or refer to specific influences today. I want to point out one exchange initiated by the delegates from South … Continue reading “The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Judges, State Powers and Fugitive Slaves”

Trump Calls Confederate Monuments Beautiful and Says Culture Ripped Apart by Removal

In a series of tweets, President Trump this morning lamented the movement to remove Confederate statues from American cities. Trump doubled down on his remarks at the press conference two days ago when he said there were good people among the Nazis and white supremacist marchers in Charlottesville. Sad to see the history and culture … Continue reading “Trump Calls Confederate Monuments Beautiful and Says Culture Ripped Apart by Removal”

The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Presidential Veto Debated

August 15, 1787 (Click to read Madison’s notes on the day) Summary The delegates debated the way bills would be introduced in the legislature and then moved to affirm the power of the president to veto legislation. Madison struck out after four tries to get a committee of revision for legislation. Instead the veto was established … Continue reading “The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Presidential Veto Debated”

The 1787 Constitutional Convention – The Senate

August 9, 1787 (click the link to read Madison’s notes on the day) Summary The delegates debated various aspects of the workings and structure of the Senate. Influences on the Delegates South Carolina’s Charles Pinckney invokes Athens to support a long duration of citizenship for Senators. Mr. PINCKNEY. As the Senate is to have the power … Continue reading “The 1787 Constitutional Convention – The Senate”

The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Can the Election of a President Be Fair?

July 25, 1787 (Click to read Madison’s notes on the day) Summary Since the delegates appointed a Committee of Detail (see yesterday’s post), they planned to take a break beginning July 27. The committee worked through the break and hammered out a draft of the Constitution. In session, the delegates debated, then defeated a proposal … Continue reading “The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Can the Election of a President Be Fair?”

The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Will the President Be an Elected King?

July 24, 1787 (Click to read Madison’s notes on the day). Summary A committee was chosen to compose the decisions made thus far into a document for consideration (Rutledge,  Randolph,  Gorham,  Ellsworth, and  Wilson). The delegates discussed against the method of choosing the chief executive and at this juncture approved appointment by the national legislature. … Continue reading “The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Will the President Be an Elected King?”

The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Back to the Judiciary

July 21, 1787 (Click to read Madison’s notes on the day) Summary The delegates agreed to pay electors from the treasury and to give the executive veto power. They also reconsidered aspects of the judiciary and voted to allow the Senate to select judges. For all of his reverence for republican principles, even Madison wondered … Continue reading “The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Back to the Judiciary”

The 1787 Constitutional Convention – The President May Be Impeached

July 20, 1787 (Click to read Madison’s notes on the day) Summary The delegates continued to discuss details of the executive role. They agreed to allocate 1 to 3 electors per state based on the population of the state, agreed that the executive should be paid from the treasury, and made impeachment an option. Influences … Continue reading “The 1787 Constitutional Convention – The President May Be Impeached”