Defending the Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government, & the American Constitution
Monday July 14th 2014

Self-Educated Man

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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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Ulysses S. Grant and Missions Among American Indians

American Minute by Bill Federer

Forced to resign from the Army for excessive drinking, he failed as a farmer and a businessman.

Not until he volunteered for the Civil War did things change.

He was promoted to brigadier general, captured Fort Henry and Vicksburg, and won Union control of the Mississippi.

Lincoln placed him over the entire Army and within a year he forced Lee to surrender.

His name was Ulysses S. Grant, born APRIL 27, 1822. As 18th President, Grant stated:

“It seems fitting that on the occurrence of the 100th anniversary of our existence as a nation, a grateful acknowledgment should be made to Almighty God for the protection and the bounties which He has vouchsafed to our beloved country.”

In his 2nd Annual Message, December 5, 1870, Ulysses S. Grant wrote:

“Such religious denominations as had heretofore established missionaries among the Indians…are allowed to name their own agents…and are expected to watch over them and aid them as missionaries, to Christianize and civilize the Indians, and to train him in the arts of peace.”

On January 1, 1871, Ulysses S. Grant addressed Congress:

“It would seem highly desirable that the civilized Indians of the country should be encouraged in establishing for themselves forms of Territorial government compatible with the Constitution of the United States…

That they become self-sustaining, self-relying, Christianized, and civilized.”

On December 4, 1871, President Ulysses S. Grant told Congress:

“Many tribes of Indians have been induced to settle upon reservations, to cultivate the soil, to perform productive labor of various kinds, and to partially accept civilization.

They are being cared for in such a way, it is hoped, as to induce those still pursuing their old habits of life to embrace the only opportunity which is left them to avoid extermination.

I recommend liberal appropriations to carry out the Indian peace policy, not only because it is humane, Christianlike, and economical, but because it is right.”


The Moral Liberal 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.