The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Executive Election Debated Again

September 5, 1787 (Click to read Madison’s notes on the day) Summary The delegates continued to consider proposals from the Brearly committee. A lengthy discussion concerned the election of the president. Influences on the Delegates Edmund Randolph worried that proposals for the president to come from the legislature would create a monarchy or an aristocracy. Mr. RANDOLPH. We have, in some revolutions of this plan, made a bold stroke for monarchy. We are now doing the same for an aristocracy. He… Read more

Hispanic Christian Organization Promises Unrelenting Pressure on Congress in Response to DACA Decision

The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference reacted within minutes to Donald Trump’s decision to end protection of undocumented people brought here as children (DACA). Although the response to Trump was tepid, the organization promises a full court press on Congress. REV SAMUEL RODRIGUEZ REACTS TO DACA DECISION: Hispanic Christians to Launch National 60-Day Campaign in Support of DREAMers, Will Put “Unrelenting Pressure” on Members of Congress Until “Every DREAMer can Dream Again” “We do not intend on letting a single… Read more

Trump’s DACA Decision is an Attack on Ronald Reagan’s Legacy (VIDEO)

Earlier today, Donald Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) would be “rescinded.” The decision which could result in the eventual deportation of nearly 800,000 people is an attack on the legacy of Ronald Reagan. Reagan supported amnesty for those who came into the country illegally but had settled into American communities. The GOP is no longer the party of Reagan on immigration. In 1980, both Bush and Reagan in a campaign debate responded… Read more

The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Brearly Committee

September 4, 1787 (Click to read Madison’s notes on the day) Summary The delegates discussed four of the nine proposals submitted by the Brearly Committee. This committee was set up to consider other suggestions for the Constitution beyond those provided by the Committee of Detail. Influences on the Delegates Although indirect, South Carolina’s Butler thought the plan for electing the president and vice-president had advantages over a legislative choice. Mr. BUTLER thought the mode not free from objections; but much more… Read more

Politico: Trump Decides to End DACA after Six Months; At Least One Evangelical Supporter on Board

Tonight, Politico is reporting that President Trump will end the program which allows undocumented people who came here as children to remain in the country. Known as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), the program has been defended by Republican and Democratic leaders and opposed by his base (as indicated in this Breitbart article). One of Trump court evangelical advisors has already come out in defense of the President’s decision. Rev. Mark Burns tweeted his America first message: #DACA is… Read more

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, “To establish uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies,” being taken up, — Mr. SHERMAN observed, that bankruptcies were in some cases punishable with death, by… Read more

Some Reactions to the Nashville Statement

This week the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood released a series of affirmations and denials regarding human sexuality and gender. Titled the Nashville Statement, the document was signed by a group of conservative theologians, professors, and pastors. The statement trended on Twitter and has led to numerous blog posts and news articles.  In this post, I will link to three of them and then provide a few reactions to aspects of the statement. If you haven’t read the statement,… Read more

The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Committee Reports

September 1, 1787 (Click here to read Madison’s notes) Today’s session was so brief, I am reproducing Madison’s entire entry: In Convention, — Mr. BREARLY, from the Committee of eleven to which were referred yesterday the postponed part of the Constitution, and parts of Reports not acted upon, made the following partial report: “That in lieu of Article 6, Sect. 9, the words following be inserted, viz: ‘The members of each House shall be ineligible to any civil office under the authority… Read more

The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Delegates Expressed Doubts

August 31, 1787 (Click to read Madison’s notes on the day) Summary Delegates decided to require nine states to ratify the Constitution. The debate on the Committee of Detail ended today with a new committee formed to report on all other proposals. Influences on the Delegates The discussion and debate on the report of the Committee of Detail ended today. All remaining proposals were referred to the Brearly Committee which consisted of one representative from each state. Even as the… Read more

American Historical Association’s Excellent Statement on Confederate Monuments

I really like this statement from the AHA on Confederate monuments. I hope it is widely disseminated.  Below is the introduction followed by the statement. AHA Statement on Confederate Monuments (August 2017) The tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, have re-ignited debate about the place of Confederate monuments in public spaces, as well as related conversations about the role of Confederate, neo-Nazi, and white suprem acist imagery in American political culture. Historians have been a vocal presence in these discussions, and… Read more

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