Defending the Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government, & the American Constitution
Saturday July 12th 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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Ode, by Addison

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Joseph Addison

DAILY DABBLE IN THE CLASSICS, ADDISON

Ode

THE spacious firmament on high,
With all the blue ethereal sky,
And spangled heav’ns, a shining frame,
Their great Original proclaim.
Th’unwearied sun from day to day
Does his Creator’s pow’r display,
And publishes to every land
The work of an almighty hand.

Soon as the ev’ning shades prevail,
The moon takes up the wondrous tale,
And nightly to the list’ning earth
Repeats the story of her birth;
Whilst all the stars that round her burn,
And all the planets in their turn,
Confirm the tidings as they roll,
And spread the truth from pole to pole.

What though in solemn silence, all
Move round this dark terrestrial ball?
What though nor real voice nor sound
Amidst their radiant orbs be found?
In Reason’s ear, they all rejoice,
And utter forth a glorious voice,
Forever singing as they shine:
“The hand that made us is divine!”


Source: Joseph Addison (1672 – 1719) was an English essayist, poet, playwright and politician. Copyright of the original is held in the Public Domain.


Daily Dabble in the Classics is a project of The Moral Liberal’s Founder and Editor In Chief, Steve Farrell. The collective project, along with any unique formatting and editing , as well as introductory and/or explanatory notes, Copyright © 2009-2013 Steve Farrell.


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