Defending the Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government, & the American Constitution
Thursday September 18th 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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Traveling abroad, Part 6: Do the politics help … or hinder the people?


Examine their [politics'] influence on the happiness of the people. Take every possible occasion for entering the houses of the laborers, and especially at moments of their repast [meals]; see what they eat, how they are clothed, whether they are obliged to work too hard; whether their government or their landlord takes from them an unjust proportion of their labor; on what footing stands the property the call their own, their personal liberty, etc., etc.

Source: Travelling Notes for Mr. Rutledge and Mr. Shippen, June 3, 1788
From Koch and Peden’s Selected Writings, P. 137-9

Patrick Lee’s Explanation

Compassionate leaders study the effects of government on the people.

We return to one of the eight areas an American visitor should study in other countries and look at it in detail. Next to agriculture, this might have held the highest priority.
1. Do the politics of a country make people happy or unhappy?
2. Do the people have adequate housing?
3. Do they have enough decent food to eat?
4. Are they properly clothed?
5. Do they have to work too many hours just to survive?
6. Do their leaders (macro-government) or their landlords (micro-government) take too much from them?
7. Do the people hold their property and liberty as natural rights or as favors of the government?

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