The 1787 Constitutional Convention – The Delegates Adjourned until August 6

July 26, 1787 (Click to read Madison’s notes on the day) Summary The delegates continued discussion about the president and approved a proposal to allot the executive a 7-year term. In this proposal, the executive would not be eligible for re-election. They also decided to remove land ownership as a qualification for holding office. The delegates reviewed their resolutions and adjourned until August 6, 1787 in order to allow the Committee of Detail to prepare the draft. Influences on the Delegates… Read more

Describing Depression: An Experienced Voice

After studying depression for three months, Christian filmmaker Ray Comfort thinks he understands the subject. After his research, he made a movie about suicide, called Exit, which is available on his website for $20. Yesterday, he told David Barton on Wallbuilders Live that after awhile the movie would be free on YouTube.  I haven’t seen the movie yet, but judging from the interview, I have to question how well he understands depression. Yesterday, I reviewed the Wallbuilders interview and found the… Read more

Depression is Not a Culture War Battle

One does not need to be a Christian to oppose suicide. People of all religions and none view suicide as a tragedy. Read more

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 to allow the Virginia plan to be printed and given to the delegates during the break. Madison was particularly active today and outlined the previously… Read more

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. Influences on the Delegates North Carolina’s Hugh Williamson advocated reconsidering much of what the delegates had already covered. He also appealed to the differences between… Read more

The 1787 Constitutional Convention – On the Ratification of the Constitution

July 23, 1787 (Click to read Madison’s notes on the day) Summary Today, the New Hampshire delegates,  John Langdon and  Nicolas Gilman arrived in Convention and took their seats. The delegates agreed to requiring an oath by both national and states officials to support the new governing document. They agreed to submit the Constitution to conventions of people of the states for ratification and decided to revisit the way the executive was elected. Influences on the Delegates Influences on the Delegates Gorham from Massachusetts… Read more

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 if the executive branch might team up with the judiciary to revise laws passed by the legislature. The discussion is fascinating and should be consulted… Read more

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 on the Delegates Ben Franklin refers to history but was not specific when he argued in favor of impeachment for a bad behaving executive. If… Read more

The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Delegates Debate How to Choose a President

July 19, 1787 (Click to read Madison’s notes on the day) Summary Today the delegates agreed to reconsider the appointment, duration, and eligibility of the president. They agreed to the electoral process via electors chosen by state legislators. The also decided that the executive would be eligible for re-election with a term of six years (obviously they revisited this later). Influences on the Delegates The loquacious Mr. Morris called for a citizen’s president as guardian of the poor. Morris repeatedly… Read more

David Barton Picks History He Likes and Omits the Rest

Barton makes Adams, a Unitarian, sound like an evangelical Christian nationalist. Read more

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