Defending the Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government, & the American Constitution
Monday September 22nd 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 summary: Is this just a guide … or much more?

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP

General Observations … Objects of attention for an American …
[See the previous six posts, from October 29 - November 9]

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

Careful leaders draw all the wisdom they can from new experiences.

This series of seven posts is NOT just a travel guide. (Nor does it draw from an old group tour joke, “If it’s Tuesday, this must be Belgium.”) This single letter contains much wisdom. Look at the parts. What wisdom can you apply to your life, your employment, your explorations, your government?

Part 1: Get an overview first
Inquiring leaders first seek an overview of a new issue.
Part 2: What to see? What NOT to see?
Wise leaders neither expose themselves to too little of what’s new, nor too much.
Part 3: If it’s expensive, does that make it good?
Shrewd leaders know how to recognize fraudulent practices and scheming people.
Part 4: Be alert to quality vs. quantity
Discerning leaders recognize when they are being weighed down with trivia and the motivation of those who do so.
Part 5: How can America (or others) benefit from what you learn?
The discerning leader accurately assesses benefits and hazards from others’ ways of life.
Part 6: Do the politics help … or hinder the people?
Compassionate leaders study the effects of government on the people.
Part 7, Summary: Is this just a how-to … or something more?

Careful leaders draw all the wisdom they can from new experiences.


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