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1803: Constitutional Intent for Electing the Presidency: How the Twelfth Amendment Failed to Anticipate the Rise of Competin

1803: Constitutional Intent for Electing the Presidency: How the Twelfth Amendment Failed to Anticipate the Rise of Competin

by Robert Burgett


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The goal of historians should be to eliminate any personal biases relying solely on facts to capture the most accurate portrayal of a time - to start with facts and allow a thesis to mature naturally, not vice-versa. The passing of the twelfth amendment to the United States Constitution is one of those occurrences where scholars have failed to do their homework. I have yet to find a single source that quotes any one of the many congressmen engaged in drafting the twelfth amendment; the U.S. Code, in 2010, referenced just one article pertaining to the twelfth amendment, Thomas Jefferson Counts himself into the Presidency, 2004. I found that the current understanding of twelfth amendment origins is in great disharmony with historical facts. This has left many without a clear understanding of the issue.

This paper challenges the currently accepted view that Article II of the United States Constitution failed to account for a rise of competing national parties. I contend that the twelfth amendment passed Congress in order to prevent the rise of competing national parties. This paper answers the question: "Which electoral method, Article II or the twelfth amendment, accounts for a rise of competing national parties?" To bring the reader into a time where states are not yet united, I use a hypothetical 2012 North-South American Union to put the issue in its proper perspective.

I use, as proofs, electoral results and statements of belief from prominent statesmen like Washington, Jefferson, and Adams; constitutional drafters - Madison, John Rutledge, Charles Pinckney, Robert Yates, Edmond Randolph, Oliver Ellsworth, Morris, and Peirce Butler; congressmen like Abraham Baldwin, George Thatcher, John Smilie, John Randolph, Robert Waln, Robert Harper, Harrison Gray Otis, John Brown, Henry Lee, Michael Leib, William Hill; and those who debated the twelfth amendment - James Hillhouse, Uriah Tracy, William Plumer, Wilson C. Nicholas, John Q. Adams, John Taylor, Peirce Butler (a Drafter abovementioned), Samuel White, and Jonathon Dayton.

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ISBN-13: 9781432785871
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 04/20/2012
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

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