The Original Argument by Glenn Beck kept my occupied from Feb 3 until Feb 11 2012. This book is an abridged version of the Federalist Papers – however it is edited into modern language. There are 33 of the 85 papers published by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison to make the case for a strong federal government.
It is amazing to see how much the original intent of Government has changed from the founding fathers. The founders specifically wanted and debated for a republic – not a democracy. I was surprised by two things that I had never known – First, that James Madison did not want the bill of rights included, and Second –that the three writers thought that the States would be able to hold their own against a power grab by the federal government. In addition, the intricacies of the American foundation of government were drawn upon logic, history, and interestingly enough by Madison’s admission – God’s hand.
Overall, the book is good and gave me the insight into the diatribe between those who wanted a federal government and those who opposed. I would argue that “Publius” was actively trying to find the balance of government and ultimately asking – can man rule himself?
Another thing is that I absolutely think that James Madison’s writing is dry and dull. Conversely Alexander Hamilton is great – he would be one person who I would like to meet in history – I especially loved his argument set forth in paper #11.
I will take away an even deeper love for America and its founding fathers.
- The founders valued personal liberty
- They knew that human failings would desire more power – so they devised a system of checks and balances
- Paper #11 – Alexander Hamilton’s argument for a federal navy. He suggests unity, need to teach the pompous Europeans a lesson and kick their rears!
- Paper #85 – Hamilton suggests to use logic toward reason and good sense – no name calling and take the higher road when debating
- Paper #51 – Madison “Justice is the goal of government.”
- Paper #57 – Each person wants to be honored, favored, and respected.
- Factions – because people are diverse, each group wants to favor their ideas and views. Within a free society – this is valued.
- Paper #36 – Hamilton “There are strong minds in every walk of life who can rise above the disadvantages of their situation, and whose reputation can command the respect of those not only from their class, but from society in general. The door of elected office should be open to all…”
Just my thoughts