A Popular Defense of Our Undemocratic Constitution

By |2020-03-03T17:23:15-06:00October 28th, 2018|Categories: American Republic, Constitution, Democracy, Electoral College, Federalism, Federalist Papers, Wyoming Catholic College|

If we consider the Founders’ arguments for the Constitution, we find not only that they intended it to be undemocratic, but that they would defend even its most undemocratic elements on “popular” grounds. What might appear to the partisans of democracy today as outdated roadblocks to efficient government are for the Founders politically salutary forms [...]

Misunderstanding John C. Calhoun’s Federalism

By |2019-04-30T16:47:09-05:00February 15th, 2017|Categories: Constitution, Electoral College, Featured, Federalism, History, John C. Calhoun|

Far from feeding disunion, John C. Calhoun understood that a more perfect Union listened to the representative voices of the states, rather than the despotic voice of the “nation” represented in the federal Congress… I recently read two essays: one bemoaning the electoral college, and another explaining that Yale University was considering renaming Calhoun [...]

Nullifying the Election: Is It OK to Encourage “Faithless Electors”?

By |2016-12-04T22:24:12-06:00December 4th, 2016|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Constitution, Donald Trump, Electoral College, Politics|

Attacks on the Electoral College itself are not new. What is new is the demand being made by many progressives, including prominent constitutional scholars, that Electors themselves abandon their constitutional duties in the name of “fairness”… As most readers probably are aware, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein launched a campaign to “recount” electoral [...]

Predicting the Meaning of the Election and the Electoral College

By |2013-12-19T11:06:58-06:00November 4th, 2012|Categories: Barack Obama, Electoral College, Mitt Romney, Peter A. Lawler, Politics|

James Ceaser, perhaps our most distinguished student of American politics on the conservative side, isn’t about predicting the outcome of elections. That’s actually hard to do. And those political scientists who predict outcomes correctly well in advance are almost always just lucky. This election, all the evidence suggests, is going to be very close [...]

Why Do We Have an Electoral College?

By |2020-08-20T17:16:02-05:00November 1st, 2012|Categories: Constitution, Electoral College, Politics|Tags: , |

The modern Electoral College may not be exactly what the Founders intended, but it fits the spirit of their decentralized federal system. During the debates over the ratification of the Constitution, Alexander Hamilton remarked in Federalist 68 that the method of presidential selection was “almost the only part of the system, of any consequence, [...]

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