What would our Founders have thought about how America’s federal system of government has evolved? Does our Federal System of government still work for the people?
Constitutional scholar Jed Kee will wrap up his five-part series on The Federalist, a set of “papers” published in newspapers in 1787 and 1788 by proponents of the Constitution, with a talk at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday (April 12) in the Arizona Senior Academy’s Great Room.
Using the writings of James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay in what are commonly called The Federalist Papers, Kee will assess the health of the current Federal system and compare it with other democratic forms of government.
He will describe the major changes that individuals and groups advocate to make our system more democratic and will compare our system with a parliamentary system of government.
Whether it is the Great Depression, Watergate, or 9-11, our nation has faced a variety of crises. Many people feel we are in a crisis today, with the very legitimacy of the presidency questioned.
“The Founders tried to create a flexible system that could address ongoing crises,” said Professor Kee. “Today’s issues may, in the long run, strengthen our Federal System. We see evidence today of the brilliance of the Founders in creating a separation of powers, with sufficient checks and balances to protect the people. Even so, there may be specific constitutional changes that would strengthen our government’s ability to last another 200 years.”
Kee holds degrees in law and public administration from New York University and worked in all three levels of government before joining George Washington University in 1985, where he was a professor and dean before his retirement.
Written by Jed Kee and Mike Maharry, Academy Village Volunteers