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CAA Hoops: Sorting through the muddled middle

Conference power rankings seem pointless once the actual conference schedule starts. The standings speak for themselves. However, a solid month into the 2016-17 season and still three weeks removed from scuffling with familiar faces, this seems like a good time to assess the 10 teams in the CAA, attempt to put them in a sensible order. 1,866 more words


The American Spirit

Madison argues that oligarchy is difficult in America because of our size and diversity… but critics consistently cited the House of Representatives as the most susceptible institution in the new government. 140 more words

  • “Every new regulation concerning commerce or revenue; or in any manner affecting the value of the different species of property, presents a new harvest to those who watch the change and can trace its consequences; a harvest reared not by themselves but by the toils and cares of the great body of their fellow citizens.” ~James Madison (1788)
James Madison


So let’s talk some more about the Electoral College.

This is one of those rare, heady moments in the life of a U. S. historian when a decent number of Americans seem interested in the American past–in this case, the question of what the heck the Framers of the Constitution were thinking when they devised such an complicated mechanism for electing our president. 886 more words

U. S. Politics

Be Careful What You Wish For

Along with all the conservative euphoria over Donald Trump’s win has come the inevitable practice of fantasizing about the vast array of possibilities available to roll back the destructive progressive agenda advanced unconstitutionally by the Obama administration, all made possible by Republican control of Congress and some 33 state legislatures, with talk of constitutional amendments at the top of the list. 1,777 more words


Historic Book Acquisitions VII

I am always on the lookout for books about history when I am browsing the shelves of a book store or a library book sale. 460 more words


Washington Plays A Role But Not The One It Bestowed Upon Itself

“But the great security against a gradual concentration of the several powers in the same department consists in giving to those who administer each department the necessary constitutional means and personal motives to resist encroachments of the others. 507 more words