Defending the Judeo-Christian Heritage, limited government, and the American Constitution
Wednesday August 26th 2015

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S.E.M., Vol. 1, No. 7
Federalist 69 - by Alexander Hamilton. 1. What are the chief characters in regards to the President as outlined in the proposed Constitution? 2. Why does Hamilton believe the term of office for a President should be longer than three years? 3. What was the term of office for the king of England and what, in your opinion, is the potential for abuse in such a term? Would the term of office of the king of England present any advantages - in the Founders experience and in your opinion - over over the new American system? Read all of the questions and post your response at our new resource Self-Educated Man

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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