What Does the Fed Have Against the Founding Fathers?

Well, nothing of course.

Sinema’s Misunderstanding of the Senate (and of Basic Politics)

The post really isn’t about Sinema as much as it about a theory of poltiics.

Once Again to Madison and Republics

The saga continues.

Hamilton on Super-Majorities

Looking to Federalist 22.

Stop Blaming the Framers for Everything

America’s institutions are undemocratic but only some of them are a product of the Constitution.

Gridlock is not a Feature, it is a Bug

Gridlock doesn’t mean government stops. It just shifts who is governing.

The Dark Side of “It’s a Republic, not a Democracy”

I couldn’t help myself.

Is Federalism the Real Problem?

A fundamental building block of our system makes it nearly impossible to fix.

A Post-Trump Republican Party

What would a reborn GOP look like and who would vote for it?

Stupidity Was The Other Plague We Mismanaged

Having failed to prevent or contain it, aggressive stupidity is now washing over us.

Impeachment Hearings Go To Law School

Yesterday’s hearing before the House Judiciary Committee did a good job of explaining how the facts of the Ukraine scandal meet the Constitution’s definition of impeachable offenses.

More on “A Republic, not a Democracy”

For a change not by me.

A Reminder that Institutions Matter

Some key numbers.

The “A Republic, not a Democracy” Library

A reference point for the future.

“A Republic, not a Democracy” Redux

The Strzok hearing provides a return to this timeworn favorite.

Electoral College Fantasies

No, the EC is not going to elect Clinton.

Trump, Hamilton, and the Presidency

If one believes the electoral college is awesome, one cannot make an argument from the position of “the wisdom of the Founders” nor from a viewpoint based on original intent.

A Second First Impression: Greetings!

In which I use a lot of words to say hello.

The Treasury Department Wants To Put A Woman On The $10 Bill

Surely it’s time to put a woman on American currency again, but why go after Alexander Hamilton?

Wikipedia Wants to Eliminate The Federalist! Oh, noes!

When I saw the entry at memeorandum proclaiming that “Wikipedia Is Now Trying To Eliminate The Federalist’s Online Entry,” I was flummoxed.

Rush Limbaugh Is Madder Than Hell And He’s Not Gonna Take It Anymore

Rush Limbaugh is still really, really angry about subsidized birth control. And lots of other stuff.

Institutional Design and Governance

A piece at Foreign Policy provides a chance to give some thought to institutions.

Supreme Court Quietly Revises Opinions With Little Notice To The Public

The Supreme Court, subject to revision.

Appeals Court Declares Obama Recess Appointments Unconstitutional

A potentially significant ruling on Separation Of Powers.

Institutions Matter: Just Look at the Congress

Representative democracy is a process of delegation of power to agents who act on behalf of citizens. The process of delegation matters.

What is “Constitutional”?

What does the US Constitution actually provide in terms of guidance for governance?

More on the Federalist Papers as the Rosetta Stone for the Constitution

There are a number of problems with the notion that the Federalist Papers provide a perfect guide to the Constitution.

Teaching the Federalist Papers

If we taught the Federalist Papers more rigorously would that lead to a shared view of the constitution?

Madison, the Philadelphia Convention, and Presidentialism

The US came a lot closer to something resembling a parliamentary system than most people think.

Madison’s Defintion(s) of Republic

More on the whole “republic not a democracy” discussion.

Freeloaders Ask for Federal Dollars

Everywhere you turn, people are asking for money.

America The Ignorant

Another survey shows that Americans don’t know much about their own history, but does it really matter?

The Constitution, Politics, And The Eternal Hamiltonian-Jeffersonian Battle

Constitutional ambiguity is as old as, well, it’s as old as the Constitution itself

The Individual Mandate And America’s Ongoing Debate Over The Role Of Government

The battle over the individual mandate is really just nothing more than the latest round in a batter that has been ongoing for 221 years.

On the Role of States in our Constitutional Order

Sorting out, to some degree, the role of the states in our constitutional order.

Who is Publius? or, Who’s Afraid of Anonymous Political Speech?

Reason’s Meredith Bragg and Nick Gillespie have a pretty amusing rejoinder to the Obama administration’s attempts to smear the anonymous funding of television ads opposed to their agenda in a video titled “Who is Publius? or, Who’s Afraid of Anonymous Political Speech?”

What the Framers Meant Part Two: Return of the Federalist Papers

Both the Constitution and the Federalist Papers, impressive as they are, must be understood in terms of not just applied political philosophy, but practical politics as well.

Against the Electoral College I: Disparity Amongst Citizens

The first in a multi-part series on the Electoral College.