Federalist No. 68 – Alexander Hamilton (1787-1788)

Federalist No. 68 – Alexander Hamilton The Electoral College allows the sense of the people playing a role in selecting the President without mayhem and disorder. A direct election would bring us chaos and instability. Electors in the Electoral College would be unbiased since they don’t hold office. This ensures that the President is a… Read more Federalist No. 68 – Alexander Hamilton (1787-1788)

Federalist No. 51 – James Madison (1787-1788)

Federalist No. 51 – James Madison Explains how the structure of government has an effect on liberty. Each branch should be mostly independent – no branch should have too much power in selecting members of the other branches. Easy to make executive and legislative branches elected positions but it’s difficult for judges to be chosen this… Read more Federalist No. 51 – James Madison (1787-1788)

Federalist No. 31 – Alexander Hamilton (1787-1788)

Federalist No. 31 – Alexander Hamilton The federal government needs to tax because it needs money to perform its functions Needs enough power to fulfill its responsibilities Can’t predict future problems of the government and shouldn’t be constrained Needs money to do those things and it needs to be able to fix problems The structure… Read more Federalist No. 31 – Alexander Hamilton (1787-1788)

Federalist No. 15 – Alexander Hamilton (1787-1788)

Federalist No. 15 – Alexander Hamilton The Confederation didn’t preserve peace and happiness. And will probably lead to anarchy, riots, large debts, territories near foreign powers, no military, no money, no commerce, no foreign respect and falling prospects. The Confederation needed a stronger central government but couldn’t do so without taking away from the states.… Read more Federalist No. 15 – Alexander Hamilton (1787-1788)

Federalist No. 10 – James Madison (1787-1788)

Federalist No. 10 – James Madison The best argument for the Constitution is that it controls damage and chaos of factions – people have banded together to promote and protect special economic and political interests. These often work against the public’s interest. The Articles of Confederation and strong, independent minded state governments have been unable… Read more Federalist No. 10 – James Madison (1787-1788)

Federalist No. 9 – Alexander Hamilton (1787-1788)

Federalist No. 9 – Alexander Hamilton A strong union will act as a defense barrier against invasion and domestic problems. This will come from a system of checks and balances between the different branches of government. Compare the branches of government to planets orbiting the sun – in a single system altogether but also as… Read more Federalist No. 9 – Alexander Hamilton (1787-1788)

Federalist No. 8 – Alexander Hamilton (1787-1788)

Federalist No. 8 – Alexander Hamilton The problem with in-fighting is bigger than foreign attack The US has no civil defense set up – no castles, no city walls, no militia, etc. Large states could overrun their smaller neighbors If disunited, standing armies would be necessary and they are costly and have many other problems… Read more Federalist No. 8 – Alexander Hamilton (1787-1788)

Federalist No. 7 – Alexander Hamilton (1787-1788)

Federalist No. 7 – Alexander Hamilton If states aren’t united, they will be more likely to go to war with other countries including neighbors Border disputes, commercial competition, public debt may lead states to fight each other. This will make us look weak and disunited and either be tempted by foreign influence or become the… Read more Federalist No. 7 – Alexander Hamilton (1787-1788)