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Posts related to the President, his Cabinet, and the Executive Branch in general.

Amendments
Article V Convention
General
The Bill of Rights
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Amending the Constitution

The Founders knew there were unresolved issues (slavery in particular) and others they couldn’t foresee, so Article V of the Constitution makes it possible to amend, or change, our Constitution. There are two methods, neither of which involve either the Executive or Judicial Branches. Both rely heavily on the states. So far, there have been […]

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The Electoral College

It comes up every four years: we do not directly elect the President of the United States. The winner of the election can be the loser of the popular vote. Both John Quincy Adams and George W. Bush lost the popular vote and still won the election. (Interestingly, they were also the only two Presidents […]

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Executive Actions

In writing this blog, I focus on facts and historical information. In recent months, I have regularly seen articles about President Obama signing “Executive Orders” on a variety of topics, including immigration and gun control. Upon further investigation, many of these are actually Executive Actions, which are different. It is extremely difficult to find the […]

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General
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Common Sense? Where?

There is a reason for government regulation, at all levels, but I think we can all agree that there are limits to what the government should be regulating. (Do you really want them telling you what to eat and the style, brand, and color of your underwear or when to sleep? If not, then you […]

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Amendments
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Electing a Ticket / the 12th Amendment

The epic battle that led to Thomas Jefferson being elected as our third President with Aaron Burr as his first Vice President is the reason we have the 12th Amendment, and the reason we elect a “ticket” with a President and a Vice President. Before the 1800 election, Burr agreed to be Jefferson’s VP. At […]

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What is an Executive Order?

What is an Executive Order? President Obama just signed one to allow young illegal immigrants to remain in the country, but do you really know what one is? They are much like a law written by Congress but do not, of course, require Congressional approval.  This means that the President, one person, can do things […]

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