Defending the Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government, & the American Constitution
Wednesday July 23rd 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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Federalist Papers No. 58, James Madison

Federalist Papers No. 58, James Madison

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Wednesday, February 20, 1788 Objection That The Number of Members Will Not Be Augmented as the Progress of Population Demands Considered THE remaining charge against the House of Representatives, which I am to examine, is grounded on a supposition that the number of members will not be [...]

Federalist Papers No. 57, James Madison

Federalist Papers No. 57, James Madison

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Tuesday, February 19, 1788 The Alleged Tendency of the New Plan to Elevate the Few at the Expense of the Many Considered in Connection with Representation THE third charge against the House of Representatives is, that it will be taken from that class of citizens which will have least sympathy [...]

Federalist Papers No. 56, James Madison

Federalist Papers No. 56, James Madison

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY, MAJOR WORKS Saturday, February 16, 1788 The total number of members of the House of Representatives (continued) THE second charge against the House of Representatives is, that it will be too small to possess a due knowledge of the interests of its constituents. As this objection evidently proceeds from [...]

Hamilton—Federalist XXIX

Hamilton—Federalist XXIX

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Patrick Henry—May 29, 1736

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Federalist Papers No. 55, James Madison

Federalist Papers No. 55, James Madison

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Wednesday, February 13, 1788  As to the total members of the House of Representatives. Is the initial small number of Representatives - 65 (to be augmented regularly) - a threat to liberty, or would too high a number be the greater threat? THE number of which the House of Representatives is [...]

Federalist Papers No. 54, James Madison

Federalist Papers No. 54, James Madison

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Tuesday, February 12, 1788 Madison addresses the delicate balance achieved in deciding the number of representatives from each state in the U.S. House, particularly in relationship to the institution of slavery, but also in regards to taxation, property, and political influence in general. THE [...]

Federalist Papers No. 53, James Madison

Federalist Papers No. 53, James Madison

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Patrick Henry—Elizabeth Aylett (August 20, 1796)

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Federalist Papers No. 52, James Madison

Federalist Papers No. 52, James Madison

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