On this day in 1787, the delegates at the Constitutional Convention debated state sovereignty and militias. Their thinking is very relevant to today.
On August 15, 2014, Texas Governor Rick Perry was indicted by a Travis County grand jury for allegedly misusing the veto power granted to him by the state constitution. And on August 15, 1787, it was that very power — the power of the executive to negate acts of the legislature — that occupied the delegates’ time at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.
When the Committee of Detail reported its recommended constitution to the Philadelphia Convention on August 6, 1787, many of the delegates were “amazed” at the “radical departure” from the Articles of Confederation.