Congratulations to Saturday’s Winner:

Timothy Frazier

“Our Constitution Rocks” Book Winner & Raffle Entry Winner!   

Saturday’s Question Was:

According to James D. Best, how many years did it take to ratify the 27th Amendment?

Saturday’s Answer Was: 

203 years. Proposed in 1789. Achieved 3/4 majority in 1992.

Congratulations to Monday’s Winner:

Scott Smith

“Our Constitution Rocks” Book Winner & Raffle Entry Winner!   

Monday’s Question Was:

In her essay on Federalist 31, Constituting America Founder and Co-chair Janine Turner highlights several quotes from Alexander Hamilton. What is the first Hamilton quote Janine cites?

Extra credit: add your thoughts on how this quote is relevant today!

Monday’s Answer Was:

“I repeat here what I have observed in substance in another place, that all observations, founded upon the danger of usurpation, ought to be referred to the composition and structure of the government, not to the nature and extent of its powers. The state governments, by their original constitution, are invested with complete sovereignty.” Read more

Congratulations to Thursday’s Winner:

“Our Constitution Rocks” Book Winner & Raffle Entry Winners:   

David Weakland
Marvin Watts

Honorable Mention:

Jill Mayfield

Thursday’s Question Was:

In her essay on Federalist 48, Janine Turner points out a quote from Thomas Jefferson, as very relevant today. What is the quote?

Thursday’s Answer Was:

“A great number of laws had been cast violating, without any apparent necessity, the rule requiring that all bills of a public nature shall be previously printed for the consideration of the people; although this is one of the precautions chiefly relied on by the constitution against improper acts of legislature.”

From Marvin Watts: “How is this relevant for today? The people had to wait until the Affordable Care Act became law to find out what was in it. We the people are paying the price. There are regulations in this law that we the people still do not know about. We the people have to become better informed.”

Congratulations to Monday’s Winner:

“Our Constitution Rocks” Book Winner & Raffle Entry Winner: Peter Elfvin  

Honorable Mention:

Nick Moats

Vern Davidson

Monday’s Question Was:

In his essay on the Preamble, Dr. David Bobb said that although many interpret “to form a more perfect union” to mean progress, it actually meant what?

Monday’s Answer Was:

“It meant, simply, that the Constitution would be an improvement upon the Articles of Confederation, which left much to be desired in its anemic, nearly non-existent central government.” 

Congratulations to Friday’s Winners:

First Place, Raffle Drawing Winner: Phil Tolbert

“Our Constitution Rocks” Book Winner:  Edward Nowacki

Honorable Mention: Tammy Darling

Friday’s Question Was:

Allison Hayward wrote in her essay on Federalist No. 15 that Hamilton spoke of troubles for the country because the “present configuration is inadequate to the task.”  She explained that because the central government could not govern, four issues would occur.  What were the four issues?

Friday’s Answer Was:

The central government cannot govern, and thus cannot
1. honor its debts,
2. defend its territory,
3. engage in diplomacy, or
4. unite its constituent state governments.

Congratulations to Wednesday’s Winners:

Phil Tobert (entered in raffle)

Joe Ping (wins “Our Constitution Rocks & entered in raffle) 

Wednesday’s Question:
In his essay on The Emancipation Proclamation, Scot Faulkner stated that President Abraham Lincoln achieved “an historical trifecta.”  What three things did President Lincoln do to accomplish this?

The Answer to Wednesday’s Question was: 

1. “He revolutionized the Union war effort by bringing 200,000 blacks into the Union army.”
2. “He isolated the Confederacy from Europe, making Union victory inevitable.”
3. “He also strategically shifted public policy within the parameters of constitutional government and laid the ground work for the immediate and universal abolition of slavery everywhere in America by amending the Constitution.”

Congratulations to Monday’s Winners:

Phil Tolbert (raffle entry)

Jim Brown (“Our Constitution Rocks” book)

David Schroeder (Facebook Winner, “Our Constitution Rocks” book)

Honorable Mention: David

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The Answer to Monday’s Question Was:  

“Feed the weakness, starve the heart
Watch the soul regress
Rhyme and reason take their toll
Happy opportune the guess.”

Congratulations to Saturday’s Winner:

 Sunny J

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The Answer to Saturday’s Question Was: Four 


Congratulations to Wednesday’s Winner:

Phil Tolbert

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The Answer to Wednesday’s Question Was:

The “general welfare clause”

Congratulations to Monday’s Winners:

Jahanara Hoque – multiple winner, entered in raffle

Chris Shollenberger – wins an “Our Constitution Rocks” book and raffle entry! 

Doug Cook – Honorable mention for his thorough answer! – wins “Our Constitution Rocks” book and raffle entry! 

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The Answer to Monday’s Question Was:

The movement to abolish the electoral college Read more

Congratulations to Friday’s Winner:

Jahanara Hoque

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The Answer to Friday’s Question Was:

Professor John Baker

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Congratulations to Wednesday’s Winner:

  • Clare Morgan Heupe

Honorable Mention goes to:

  • Paul Pyle

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The Answer to Wednesday’s Question Was:

Marc Lampkin and James Best wrote essays on the XVI Amendment in our 2012 Amendment Study.  Gordon Lloyd’s essay on the XVIII Amendment references the XVI Amendment Read more

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Click Here for Monday’s Question

Congratulations to Monday’s Winners:

  • Spencer Kawalek
  • Ja’Lisha Urquhart
  • Tina Bogani
  • Jahanara Hoque
  • Ron Meier

The Possible Answers to Monday’s Question Were:

“In this spirit it may be remarked, that the equal vote allowed to each state, is at once a constitutional recognition of the portion of sovereignty remaining in the individual states, and an instrument for preserving that residuary sovereignty.”

“No law of resolution can now be passed without the concurrence, first, of a majority of the people, and then of a majority of the states.”

“Excess of law making seem to be the diseases to which our governments are most liable..” Read more