The Declaration of Independence (Introduction)

The Declaration of Independence is a documentation and manifestation of the freedom that America received from Britain. It entails various liberties that all Americans are entitled to, as well as describes the various affront suffered through the British government. It is an inspiring and patriotic document, and I will read it soon and tell you my opinions on it.

The conclusion of the Federalist papers

The Federalist papers were an interesting look into the founding fathers’ thought process behind the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and government systems that are in place today. It was made even more interesting to me by the fact that the topics discussed in the Federalist completely coincided with the topics discussed in my history text this year. The Federalist was a grand undertaking and while it was boring at times, dull at others, it still had a wealth of information.

Under what circumstances should a Christian break the law?

The Bible says that God has appointed all rulers and has them all in power for a certain reason. However, there are obvious times when the laws that these rulers pass are not too friendly to Christians. This presents a catch 22. Do you disobey the rulers, or do you solely focus on what’s right and wrong? The answer is really that you need to judge laws Biblically. If it breaks God’s law, don’t do it. If it doesn’t, then comply. It’s pretty simple. Now, I understand that there are always going to be difficult circumstances and whatnot, but by sticking to this simple rule you will generally avoid difficult choices and moral dilemma.

You can’t give a specific answer to a vague question

Alexander Hamilton has recently been addressing certain questions that have been asked concerning the Constitution, Congress, the President, etc. For several of these questions, he has said that he cannot give a precise answer based on the indistinctness of the question. He makes a good point. When answering important questions, it is always best to know exactly what you are answering and to have all of your terms defined. This will prevent any confusion and will allow you to give a definite and intelligent answer.

Impeachment, not to be confused with peaches.

Peaches. Everybody loves peaches. They’re so tasty, and juicy, and… Oh. Right. Impeachment. That’s the subject today. The fact that the ability to kick the President out of office exists is another fantastic balance in our government. At the time of the penning of the Constitution, the idea of being able to, in a sense, dethrone the most important person in government was revolutionary. Until that point, people like the British Monarchs or the Chinese emperors could do whatever they wanted with no fear of consequences. With the possibility of impeachment, the President must always be careful and respect (more, at least, than usual) the wishes of his people. Why was this power named after peaches, you may ask? Well, the logical answer is that this power is good and peaches are also good.

What has instant communication done for government?

It’s interesting to keep in mind that when Alexander Hamilton (Not Alexander Graham Bell, mind you) was writing the Federalist papers, there were no phones and no internet. Instant communication was very limited. Furthermore, the colonies were very spread out at the time, so what benefits and disadvantages were present due to that? How is politics different now? Alexander, and soon I, will talk about this in the future.

The beautiful thing about the representation system

Say that you’re mute, but there is somebody that can speak in place of you to other people. How would you like for that person not to share your values, thoughts, or opinions? It would be awful! They would be saying something to represent you and you would be screaming in your head “No! That’s not what I think!” This could have been the reality of the legal system today. The representatives for Texas in the House could be voting one way on an issue, when the demographics that they represent could think the exact opposite. Fortunately, elections and regions being, to a certain extent, demographically split up, prevents this for the most part. The founders thought our government through very well.

What would the founders think

The concept of federalism as our founders imagined it entailed an equal distribution of both power and responsibility between the state and national governments. Today, however, most of the state responsibilities have been delegated to the national government, and with that most of the states’ power. Has this been a government takeover, or the states believing that the national government had a better chance to take action with the power that it was given than the states did? Either way, the federalist government that our founding fathers originally envisioned will no longer come to pass. I wonder what they would think if they saw the way that our government is run today?

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Weigh your decisions carefully, America. George Washington is watching you.

Focused on the more important things

A testament to how much effort that the Constitution proponents put in to their cause is evident by the fact that two of the three writers of theĀ Federalist, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, didn’t even bother to save drafts or even final work of their articles. There were so many other things on their mind that saving the Federalist papers was shunned. They did not view it as some glorious argument that needed to be preserved for posterity- they viewed it as just another thing that needed to be done to pass the Constitution. Were it not for John Jay, we would not even have the Federalist documents.