Why We Have Elections


I believe that it is worthwhile to consider why we have elections.     The first reason is the obvious one, we use elections to choose representatives.  That is how a representative government works.  That concept was reinforced by the Christian concept that God made all men and that there is, therefore, no longer Roman or Jew, freeman …

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Federalist 80: The Jurisdiction of the Judiciary

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In this lengthy paper, Hamilton discusses the jurisdiction of the Judiciary branch.  That sounds a bit odd to our modern ears where we suppose that the third branch of government has unlimited authority to make pronouncements.  But that is not the case nor was it the intent of the Founding Fathers.  It should be remembered …

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Federalist 78; On the Judiciary

Hamilton moves on from the Presidency to the Judiciary in Federalist 78. Since the last paper was about the appointment process, Hamilton declines to discuss further this process as he feels he has already shown it to be the best compromise possible. As a reminder, the nomination by the President, and the advice and consent …

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