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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Do we have a dog in that fight?

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP

My hope of preserving peace for our country is not founded in the greater principles of non-resistance under every wrong, but in the belief that a just and friendly conduct on our part will procure justice and friendship from others. In the existing contest, each of the combatants will find an interest in our friendship. I cannot say we shall be unconcerned spectators of this combat. We feel for human sufferings, and we wish the good of all. We shall look on, therefore, with the sensations which these dispositions and the events of the war will produce.

Source: To the Earl of Buchan, July 10, 1803


Patrick Lee’s Explanation

Realistic leaders value neutrality and pick their battles wisely.

Jefferson strongly resisted America’s involvement in the disputes between other nations. He expressed that sentiment in this letter about the conflict Napoleon was wreaking on Europe. He wrote again that he would “bless the Almighty Being” who put an ocean between the two continents, a natural barrier sparing the United States from Europe’s wars.

Americans would not be “unconcerned spectators.” We would grieve their suffering and look forward to its end.

Jefferson was not a pacifist, but unless conflict directly threatened the United States, we would remain concerned by-standers only. Perhaps our example of “justice and friendship” toward all combatants would bring the same response toward us.


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