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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Federalist 62

It is a sad reflection on our education system that very few people have any idea what the Federalist Papers were and even less would be able to identify the authors. The Federalist Papers were a series of responses to editorial arguments against ratifying the proposed United States Constitution. They were written primarily by Alexander Hamilton and James Madison with John Jay contributing a few. Some of the errors committed by our government over the last 100 plus years can be traced to ignorance of the reasons behind the language of our Constitution. One such area of ignorance is addressed in Federalist Paper #62 which made the case state legislatures selecting U.S. Senators. A key passage in Fed 62 really speaks to our ridiculously voluminous tax code and the monstrous Obama-care nationalization of our health care system. Here is that passage:
It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow. Law is defined to be a rule of action; but how can that be a rule, which is little known, and less fixed?
Here is a link to all the Federalist Papers from Yale Law School


Blogger bob said...

People in general are pretty ignorant and not just about history. I believe the ignorance is caused excessive laziness and too many diversions.

April 17, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Blogger bob said...

I type to fast and lose words should read, by excessive laziness.

April 17, 2013 at 1:56 PM


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