• 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…

  • Election Basics: Crash Course Government and Politics #36
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    Election Basics: Crash Course Government and Politics #36

    Hi, I’m Craig, and this is Crash Course Government and Politics, and today I’m gonna talk about an aspect of American elections that is probably most familiar to you, at least if you’re an American and you sometimes watch TV, or look at the internet, or read a newspaper, or breathe air. I’m talking about elections, which get a lot of attention here in the US, and on Crash Course, possibly because they present a relatively straight forward narrative, and it’s easy for the media to cover. But we’re not going to focus on media coverage today. No, instead, we’re going to look at why we have elections in the…

  • Bureaucracy Basics: Crash Course Government and Politics #15
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    Bureaucracy Basics: Crash Course Government and Politics #15

    Hi, I’m Craig, and this is Crash Course Government & Politics, and today, we’re gonna talk about bureaucracies, just as soon as I finish filling out these forms. Do I really have to initial here, here, and here on all three copies, Stan? Regulations say so? All right. I’m just kidding. I don’t really have to fill out forms in triplicate in order to make an episode of Crash Course, but this kind of stuff is one of the main reasons that people don’t like bureaucracies. Americans tend to associate them with incomprehensible rules and time-wasting procedures and probably most annoying – actual bureaucrats. But bureaucracies are a lot like…

  • Freedom of Religion: Crash Course Government and Politics #24
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    Freedom of Religion: Crash Course Government and Politics #24

    Hi, I’m Craig, and this is Crash Course Government and Politics, and I’m excited. I’m excited because today, we start delving into Supreme Court jurisprudence, with the totally controversial topic of freedom of religion. Now, other than being fun to say, jurisprudence means all the important cases on a particular topic, but unfortunately, I’m only going to be talking about a couple of them, because they demonstrate how the Supreme Court reasons its way through a tricky issue. Jurisprudence. Jurisprudence. [Theme Music] So the Constitution deals with religion right there in the First Amendment, which is also the one that deals with speech and the press and assembly and petitions.…

  • Discrimination: Crash Course Government and Politics #31
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    Discrimination: Crash Course Government and Politics #31

    Hi, I’m Craig. And this is Crash Course: Government and Politics. And today we’re going to try to wrap up the incredibly fun and uplifting subject of equal protection and discrimination. Because if you thought the fourteenth amendment only protected racial and religious minorities and maybe women to some degree, then you’ve underestimated the power of what I call the most important amendment to the Constitution. – Typical leftie nonsense. You haven’t even mentioned the second amendment, the one that gives us the real power to protect ourselves from government overreach. If you’re a member of a well-regulated militia, you mean. Right? Oh! Hey guys. Haven’t seen you in a…

  • A Pocket Guide to the US Constitution
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    A Pocket Guide to the US Constitution

    INTERVIEWER: So I see a fair number of kind of mini-Constitutions in and around at some bookstores and things. How’s your book different? And why did you decide to write this one? It’s not a mini-Constitution. It’s a mini-textbook. I wrote this book for my students. It’s a cheat sheet for them. I have students in my class every year on the history of the Constitution who are approaching it fresh. They needed something to be a guide for them. This comments on every line in the Constitution, and explains very simply what it means in historical terms. Every year, we begin our course the same way. I’m gonna start…

  • Is the Modern Congress Doing More Harm Than Good?
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    Is the Modern Congress Doing More Harm Than Good?

    Welcome, or welcome back as the case may be. This is our panel, uh, posing the question, “Is modern Congress doing more harm than good?” I’m Dean Reuter, uh, vice president, general counsel, and director of practice groups here at the Federalist Society. It’s my pleasure to welcome you. I’m al- I’m also moderating this panel. Um. We’re going to have opening remarks from each of our four panelists beginning at that end of the table and moving this way of eight to 10 minutes. Uh, then, as always, we’ll have a little discussion and we’ll be looking to the audience for questions. So, think of, think of those questions,…

  • Political Parties: Crash Course Government and Politics #40
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    Political Parties: Crash Course Government and Politics #40

    Hi, I’m Craig and this is Crash Course Government and Politics and today we’re gonna talk about parties. Woo! Yeah! No, not those kind of parties. We’re talking about political parties, which can be a lot less fun. Woo. [Theme Music] So, today we’re talking about why we have political parties and the role of parties in American politics. But before we dive into the pool – some would say a cesspool – that is political parties, let’s have a definition. Political party: a team of politicians, activists and voters whose goal is to win control of government. So kind of an important point: the goal of a party is…

  • The Role of the Chief Justice [No. 86]
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    The Role of the Chief Justice [No. 86]

    There was relatively little discussion about the role of the Chief Justice at the time of the framing, and the Constitution itself says relatively little about the Chief Justice. The only mention of a Chief Justice in the Constitution is in Article I, Section 3, which provides that when a President is impeached, the Chief Justice should supervise the trial. The Constitution really left to Congress, uh, the responsibility of specifying the powers of the Chief Justice and indeed of the Justices of the Supreme Court, uh, more generally, and many of the powers of the Chief Justice have evolved really as a matter of custom rather than as a…

  • Politics & Voting : How to Start a Petition to Get Legislation on a Ballot
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    Politics & Voting : How to Start a Petition to Get Legislation on a Ballot

    “Hello this is Matthew Burbank”. Hello my name is Matthew Burbank and I’m an Associate Professor at the University of Utah and I’d like to talk to you a little bit about how to start a petition to get legislation on a ballot. The first thing you want to recognize is that this depends on the state that you live in. So in many states, you can indeed petition to have legislation considered directly by a vote. In other state, it’s not possible to do this. So the first thing that you need to know is if it’s possible in your state. Again, in some states it’s perfectly allowable to…