Category Archives: Art 1 Sect 1

All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.

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The Cargo of the Brig Aurora

Original Airdate: January 24, 2013

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On Saturday, May 26, 1787 the French diplomatic envoy to the Thirteen United States reported via a private memo to Paris that he had reason to believe that if the convention now meeting in Philadelphia failed to produce a strong national government, then a group of former military officers might simply impose one with General George Washington as its “crowned head.”[1] It seemed possible. Read the rest of this entry

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Article 1 Sect 1 – Like Parliament, But Not

Patrick Edaburn

On the surface the first clause of Article I would seem to be worthy of only minimal attention and analysis. After all it simply provides that we have a two chambered legislature, what could possibly be worth examining here?

Well, as is often the case the book is much more than the cover might suggest and it is perhaps fitting we begin our review of the Constitution here, by quite literally beginning at the beginning. Read the rest of this entry

If Men Were Angels…

“If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.” – James Madison, Federalist #51

The Framers struggle with giving the new government enough power to govern, but not enough to suppress the hard won liberties and freedoms of the People.

If Men Were Angels

Original Airdate: February 25, 2010

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