In the wake of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing last week, the national discussion has pivoted from the pandemic to the Supreme Court, and the moves Senate Republicans and President Donald Trump are making to fill the vacancy on the high court.
On June 26, 2020, House of Representatives Democrats passed a bill proposing to make Washington, D.C., the 51st state in the union. The movement for the capital’s statehood has existed long before this summer, and the House bill is only the most recent push.
In the four years since the 2016 election, calls for the dissolution of the Electoral College have become widespread, and ahead of the 2020 election, the calls seem even louder. However, the Electoral College should remain, both to protect the minority political opinions against a tyranny of the majority and to preserve our union.
In July 1787, the United States, under the governance of the Articles of Confederation, enacted a piece of legislation titled the “Northwest Ordinance.” The Ordinance called for the delegation of land to new states in the Northwest Territory — land bound to the west by the Appalachians, the south by the Ohio River and the northwest by the Great Lakes. Allocated to the U.S.
In 1837, Ralph Waldo Emerson spoke before the Phi Beta Kappa Society at Harvard University and delivered an oration that ignited American intellectuals. “The American Scholar” was highly controversial; it decried the American academic model of the times for its lack of originality and over-dependence on its European predecessors.