• The Articles of Confederation – Constitutional Convention – Extra History – #4
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    The Articles of Confederation – Constitutional Convention – Extra History – #4

    In far away Paris, diplomats put pen to paper and signed the treaty that would end the American Revolutionary War. A copy of this document sailed across the ocean, were it would need delegations from nine states to ratify it under the Articles of Confederation and accept their victory… Only seven states showed up. [Intro Music] One month after the Confederation’s embracing failure to bring the states together long enough to sign their own peace treaty, they reconvened with just enough people to get it done. The war had ended, peace had come. George Washinton had welcomed this with open arms. He had one the love of the nation and…

  • Opinion | Trump’s impeachment would be a constitutional, not a political, question
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    Opinion | Trump’s impeachment would be a constitutional, not a political, question

    -Impeachment is a political question, though, not a legal one. -It is by design an inherently political process. -Impeachment is sort of the atomic bomb of political tools. -This has become the soundtrack of our age, that the decision to impeach is political, not legal, not moral, not constitutional. Don’t listen to this drumbeat. If you hear someone say impeachment is a political question, don’t buy it. The framers of the Constitution certainly didn’t. See, the Constitution is a legal document, and impeachment is a constitutional mechanism. Therefore, impeachment is a legal mechanism. It was designed by the framers to permit the republic to hold the president accountable for wrongdoing…

  • CIA Director Sworn In On Constitution With NO BILL OF RIGHTS! – Political Maniacs
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    CIA Director Sworn In On Constitution With NO BILL OF RIGHTS! – Political Maniacs

    newly minted c_i_a_ director john brennan who took his oath of office our constitution that was missing a certain something old-boy vice president joe biden privately so warring c_i_a_ director john brennan today in the roosevelt room of the white house the white house notes that bring took the oath of office on the constitution original draft as seventeen eighty seven document that’s still bears george washington’s penmanship in annotations except there is a one very rather large patriotic problem this verse in the constitution simile symbolically appear in its original origins in extremely flawed elmo emblem in one very important way this cannon does not include a little thing…

  • The American Constitution’s Limitations on Abolishing Slavery
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    The American Constitution’s Limitations on Abolishing Slavery

    (dramatic music) – One of the most revolutionary things about the United States Constitution is that it can in fact be changed. The people can amend the Constitution, fundamentally rewrite it. We’ve done it more than 20 times over the course of our history, changing things like the permission of women to vote, prohibition of race-based qualifications for suffrage. All of these things have fundamentally rewritten our Constitution. But there were a couple of tiny areas, actually massively important issues, but very specifically-defined issues on which the text of the Constitution as written in 1787 prevented itself from being changed, an absolute prohibition on amendment. One of them was the…

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    Current Conversations: Constitutional Issues and History, Rick Tepker, Episode #118

    Funding for Current Conversations is provided by University of Oklahoma President’s Office, University of Oklahoma OUtreach and, World Literature Today. Welcome to Current Conversations, I’m RC Davis Undiano. Today we’re going to be talking about the US Constitution; what it has meant to American society and culture, and what it still means to the American way of life today. Our guest for today’s show is Professor Rick Tepker who is Floyd and Irma Calvert Professor in Law and Liberty Professor of law at the University of Oklahoma. He was the first OU faculty to argue and win a case in front of the US Supreme Court. I hope you’ll join…

  • A More Perfect Union: George Washington and the Making of the Constitution (Full Movie)
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    A More Perfect Union: George Washington and the Making of the Constitution (Full Movie)

    (dramatic music) – [Narrator] History is filled with stories of rebellion and revolution, oppressor and oppressed. But for every dictator overthrown and noble victory achieved, too many revolutions have succumbed to either the siren call of new tyrants or descended into bloody chaos. So how is it that the United States, formed from its own eight-year war, managed to avoid these common pitfalls? How is it that no American king stepped forward to be crowned? That 13 fractious states chose to unify rather than go their separate ways? (grand music) It was largely due to the leadership of a small group of visionaries who understood the lessons of the past…

  • James Madison: Father of the Constitution (1809 – 1817)
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    James Madison: Father of the Constitution (1809 – 1817)

    Hey it’s Professor Dave; let’s talk about James Madison. Though James Madison stood a mere five foot four, and only 100 pounds, he was an American Colossus, a Founding Father of both the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Along with Thomas Jefferson he co-founded the Democratic-Republican Party, he served as Jefferson’s Secretary of State, supervised the Louisiana Purchase, and was the President of the United States during the War of 1812, which saw the emergence of the United States as a world power. Madison would frequently change his political views during his life. He favored a strong national government at the Constitutional Convention yet rejected calls for a Bill of…

  • Mary Sarah Bilder delivers Georgetown Law’s 2019 Thomas F. Ryan Lecture
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    Mary Sarah Bilder delivers Georgetown Law’s 2019 Thomas F. Ryan Lecture

    (audience shuffling and chattering) – All right, good afternoon everyone. I’m Dean Bill Treanor, and it’s a privilege to welcome you to this year’s Thomas Ryan lecture. Thomas Ryan received his bachelor degrees from Georgetown College in 1971, and his JD from the Law Center in 1976. He was an extraordinary person, and he passed away much too young. And this lecture was created in his honor. And it has now been, I think, more than 30 years. Started in 1985, it’s one of the jewels, every year in the law school’s academic program. We started in 1985 with Senator Joe Biden, we have had, among other people, Anne-Marie Slaughter,…

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    Hamilton: The Man Who Invented America

    It would be only a slight exaggeration to say that Alexander Hamilton invented the United States of America. George Washington was the guiding star; Thomas Jefferson, the visionary; and Benjamin Franklin, the sage. But Hamilton was the pragmatist, the man who got it done. This most self-made of self-made men took a country with no past and planned its future. He was born on January 11, 1755 on the island of Nevis. This was not the Caribbean of your cruise fantasy—quite the contrary. As Ron Chernow writes in his biography of Hamilton, “While other founding fathers were reared in tidy New England villages or cosseted on baronial Virginia estates, [Hamilton]…

  • Joseph Ellis: ‘The Second Founding: Four Men Who Created a Country’
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    Joseph Ellis: ‘The Second Founding: Four Men Who Created a Country’

    [ Applause ]>>Well, good evening. I’m Wendy Lougee, the university librarian and it’s wonderful to see all of you here this evening for a very special and much anticipated evening. This is our third Paul and Joan Nagel Lecture featuring Joseph Ellis. Before we begin the program, I want to thank the Friends of the University Libraries for sponsoring the event. These are our trusted ambassadors helping us to celebrate what the libraries do for learning and how critical we are to the intellectual life of the university. And the generous support of our friends helps us bring these remarkable programs an array of writers and poets and opinion leaders…