Federalist Papers – Essay #79

In Essay #79, The Judiciary Department Continued, Alexander Hamilton aims at reassuring people that age is not a factor in the judiciary and that appropriate compensation for judges – in addition to lifetime appointments – will diminish the possibility of corruption and/or abuse. Specifically, he writes: “NEXT to permanency in office, nothing can contribute more […]

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Federalist Papers – Essay #78

In Essay #78,The Judiciary Department, Alexander Hamilton extends his arguments for constitutional ratification by addressing the purpose and powers of the Judiciary including life appointments. It must be pointed out the Constitution does not explicitly give the Supreme Court the power to declare a law enacted by Congress and signed by the President as unconstitutional, […]

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Federalist Papers – Essay #77

In Essay #77, The Appointing Power Continued and Other Powers of the Executive Considered, Alexander Hamilton responds to specific criticisms levied against ratification by the anti-federalists – tying up loose ends while addressing related issues. Two issues come to the forefront: the importance of stability in the administration of the government as a justification for […]

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Federalist Papers – Essay #76

In Essay #76, The Appointing Power of the Executive, Alexander Hamilton defends the power of the President to appoint public officials with the advice and consent of the senate. Hamilton argues that there are three ways appointments could be made By a single man (might result in favoritism and corruption clouding the selection of officers); […]

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Federalist Papers – Essay #75

In Essay #75, The Treaty Making Power of the Executive, Alexander Hamilton discusses the procedures for the United States entering into treaties with foreign countries. The provision allows the President to make a treaty, but the treaty must be ratified by a two-thirds vote of the Senate. As Hamilton wrote, “THE President is to have […]

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