The Constitution Institute
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Federalism * Enumerated Powers * Separation of Powers

Module 2 – The Legislature

All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives. – United States Constitution, Article I, Sec. 1

In republican government, the legislative authority necessarily predominates. – Publius (James Madison), Federalist Paper No. 51

 

Discussion

What did Madison mean by a legislature that predominates?
 
How does the Constitution describe – or empower – a predominant Congress?
 
More importantly, how does the construction of the Constitution limit the scope of authority of a predominant Congress?
 
How does the understanding of a legislature that predominates affect our perspective of the power of the President?
 
How does the understanding of a legislature that predominates affect our perspective of the power of the Judiciary…especially the Supreme Court?
 
How does the enlightened understanding of the Constitutional balance of power in our federal government affect the influence We the People may wield – if we choose to – through our elected representatives?
 
The Constitution Institute will educate Americans on the true nature of power in Washington, DC. It is only then that we will give attention to that power and demand that our elected representatives exercise it for the preservation of our liberty.