Federalist Papers – Essay #67

Essay #67, The Executive Department, is the first of eleven essays in which Alexander Hamilton defends the office of the Presidency as described in the proposed Constitution.

He wastes no time getting right to the point: “There is hardly any part of the system which could have been attended with greater difficulty in the arrangement of it than this; and there is, perhaps, none which has been inveighed against with less candor or criticized with less judgment.

You will recall that the revolutionary war was fought to get rid of a monarchy, and the Constitution was drafted giving the executive (President) broad powers – very worrisome from the point of view of the anti-federalists.

Hamilton gets nasty.

He questions not only the soundness of the anti-federalist arguments but also the goodness of their intentions. His strategy is to show, in exhaustive detail, that his opponents are purposely misinterpreting and distorting the meaning of the Constitution in order to convince the American people that it will lead to a despotic, tyrannical form of government.

Credit for the summary and analysis of Essay #67 is given to Brittany Nelson and Christopher Higgins (second revision 09/15/2011). Weinbloom, Elizabeth ed. “The Federalist Papers Essay #67 Summary and Analysis”. GradeSaver, 30 December 2011 Web. 17 February 2019.

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