Defending the Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government, & the American Constitution
Friday July 25th 2014

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Federalist 58 by James Madison. 1. Under the proposed Constitution whose interests were represented by the U.S. Senate? Is it so today? If not, how might it be remedied & by what means? 2. How did the Constitution provide for updating representation in Congress? 3. Madison credits the U.S Constitution with assigning the greatest power, that of the “purse strings” to the U.S. House. In your opinion, how might the House assert that power to reduce the size & cost of government today? 4. Explain in your own words Madison’s warning against too many men serving in the House. How might his warning be applied today as calls abound for a more direct democracy & for scrapping the electoral college system? 5. Is democracy the form of government our Founders gave us or was it a republican form? Explain the difference.


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1774: Resistance to Tyranny Becomes the Christian

American Minute with Bill Federer

On OCTOBER 26, 1774, the Provincial Congress of Massachusetts

We will die freemen

Let Us Die Freemen!

reorganized their defenses with one-third of their regiments being “Minutemen,” ready to fight at a minute’s notice.

These citizen soldiers drilled on the parade ground, many times led by a deacon or pastor, then went to church for exhortation and prayer.

The Provincial Congress charged:

You…are placed by Providence in the post of honor, because it is the post of danger…The eyes not only of North America and the whole British Empire, but of all Europe, are upon you. Let us be, therefore, altogether solicitous that no disorderly behavior, nothing unbecoming our character as Americans, as citizens and Christians, be justly chargeable to us.

The Provincial Congress issued a Resolution to Massachusetts Bay, 1774:

Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual…Continue steadfast, and with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us.

Boston patriot Josiah Quincy stated:

Under God, we are determined that wheresoever, whensoever, or howsoever we shall be called to make our exit, we will die free men.

Bill FedererLatter-day Center for Moral Liberalism contributing editor, William J. Federer, is the bestselling author of “Backfired: A Nation Born for Religious Tolerance no Longer Tolerates Religion,” and numerous other books. A frequent radio and television guest, his daily American Minute is broadcast nationally via radio, television, and Internet. Check out all of Bill’s books here.