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?
Rep. Bob Goodlatte
The President’s Duty to Faithfully Execute the Law. According to Art. II, Sect. 3 of the Constitution, what is the President’s duty? According to Lincoln, what does a man trample on, when he tramples on the law? According to Rep. Goodlatte, what is the value of strictly observing even bad laws until they are repealed? In a republic, why else, in your opinion, is obedience to laws put in place according to the process outlined in the Constitution, regardless of our personal opinions, important, if not vital? Continue reading
FOUNDERS CORNER, MAJOR WORKS
Federalist 62. Madison reminds us that the election of U.S. Senators by their respective state legislatures secured state rights or authority. In your opinion, how might a return to this vital constitutional principle become a key element in empowering a push back against federal intrusion into powers our heaven inspired Constitution clearly retained as jurisdictionally belonging to state & local governments, to families & individuals, to private businesses, churches, & charities?
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LIBERTY LETTERS, PATRICK HENRY, 1775
In 1970, as a seventh-grade student, I remember the thrilling inspiration I felt as I studied the lives and words of the founding fathers. There was Sam Adams and the Boston Tea Party, Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence, John Adams and the Fair Trial, George Washington and Valley Forge, Paul Revere and his famous Midnight Ride, and most distinct in my memory, Patrick Henry’s immortal oration “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!”
At that impressionable age, I perceived little difference between Henry’s message and spirit than what I had felt when I heard the great stories of the Bible. The founders seemed to me, as prophets, dedicated to the “holy cause of liberty.” Heaven-sent men, called to inspire a generation to strip themselves of the sin of fear and allay themselves — even unto death — to duty, honor, and country. Freedom was, to them, a “celestial article,” which “Heaven” had “highly rated.”
Liberty Letters, John Adams, 1756
One of the most diabolical features of our present dumbed-down, secularized, and thoroughly corrupted educational system in the United States is its systematic stripping out of the moral and religious roots of the very Founders of the system of government we live under – and this our public schools do even as they claim to be preparing our sons and daughters to be responsible citizens.
Yet religion and morality were openly discussed, and deep-seated in the hearts of these great men.
So it was with 21 year old John Adams’, as he reflected, nearly daily, on his feelings while attending Harvard College (where he received both his Bachelors and Masters of Arts degrees).