Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at an argument that the Founders saw the judicial branch as an afterthought, and what Alexander Hamilton actually wrote about that concept.
Back on this day in 1913, the 17th Amendment to the Constitution went into effect, ending indirect elections to the U.S. Senate. To this day, some folks want that amendment repealed on the theory it curtails states’ rights as envisioned by the Founders.
But many people, Memorial Day is the symbol of summer’s start, or a chance to get a good bargain on a car. What’s lost is its original meaning to more and more people.