Thursday, December 17, 2009


What is Brutus's argument against ratification of the Constitution and the proposed court system?

-Brutus is arguing that the Judges are in control of the legislature, for they determine what the extent of the powers of congress are, they give the constitution an explanation. There is no power above them to set aside their judgment. If the legislature passed law that are not in line with the judges, the judges can void and in this sense the Judges are superior to that of the legislature.

Why does Hamilton call the judiciary the "least dangerous"branch of government?

-The Judiciary is the weakest branch of government because it can't influence either the strength or the wealth of the society. It may be said that it neither force nor will, but merely judgment.

Restate Hamilton's assertion in your own words?

-Any bills are laws, that are contrary to the Constitution aren't valid.

Who or what does Hamilton assert has the authority to judge the constitutionality of federal laws?

-The judges of the courts ascertain the meaning of the Constitution. The Judges must regard the constitution as fundamental law.

What power does Hamilton deny the Constitution directly gives the national courts?

-The Constitution dosen't directly say that they have to produce laws according to the spirt of the Constitution, which means that the laws don't have to make states happy in a sense.

What does Hamilton say should be the "standard of construction"for laws?

-The Constitution

What is the Supreme Court's power

-The Supreme Court is given the Judicial power of the United States. All Judicial power, this being the Supreme Court, extend to all cases, in law and equity. Any treaty or law, under the constitution, should be made under the authority of the Supreme Court.

Does this section of the Constitution support Hamilton's argument in Document B?

-No, this doesn't because in Document B, Hamilton states that the judiciary is the weakest part of government, however, just because they don't make the law, doesn't mean that they can't influence it. For they still have the ability to choose

What powers does Section 13 give the Supreme Court?

-The Supreme Court can issue public duty, writs of mandamus, in caused to any court that are appointed, or persons holding office, under the authority of the United States.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Class Work

Haymarket Strikes
The strike at Haymarket Square began as a rally supporting workers. It was a push for eight hour days, and better working condition. At first McCormick Harvesting Machine Company plant, it was about labor rights.
Woman's Right
The ability to vote doesn't make it equal. Voting doesn't make it equal because the numbers, that woman have less numbers, that men population is greater, so that it doesn't equally out.
I Have a Dream
This speech was on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, a very important part of the Civil Rights Movement. This put more pressure on President Kennedy, to push for Civil Rights. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Washington Post

After reading an article in the Washington Post, Maryland is looking to strengthen the math requirements for students. This means that students would have to take a four math course versus during their senior year of high school.

Another article in the Washington Post, talks about how the District wants to increase protection to charter schools that the D.C. public schools have. The charter schools have been complaining about the lack of security because their students were at risk.

Another article on the i