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The Federalist Papers

389px-an_advertisement_of_the_federalist_-_project_gutenberg_etext_16960So since everything else in the news is less than pleasant I thought that perhaps a reading of The Federalist Papers might be something inspiring. I have honestly never read them before and thought the idea of reading why the founding fathers drafted the Constitution would be interesting. 

So here is a brief summary of what the papers are and who wrote them. Then I will start the first in my never-ending (well, not really – but it will take me awhile to read the whole thing) series of posts as I try to decipher these letters. The Federalist Papers are a series of 85 articles advocating the ratification of the United States Constitution. The Federalist Papers serve as a primary source for interpretation of the Constitution, as they outline the philosophy and motivation of the proposed system of government.[2]The authors of the Federalist Papers wanted both to influence the vote in favor of ratification and to shape future interpretations of the Constitution. According to historianRichard B. Morris, they are an “incomparable exposition of the Constitution, a classic in political science unsurpassed in both breadth and depth by the product of any later American writer.” The articles were written by Alexander Hamilton , James Madison,  and John Jay. Although all were written under the pen name of Publius. (thank you Wikipedia for the excellent summary of what the papers are.

So tonight, for my first delve into the papers I learned very quickly that it was going to take me awhile to read these. Not only are there 85 of them, but they are written in Old School English. Which means that I have to think really hard to try and understand exactly what they mean. Old English always seems to have some superfluous words thrown in there that you have to decide what to do with.

Letter 1- General Introduction

This one is basically just an opener. An introduction to the other 84 letters that are coming to give you a welcome into the discourse. As well it was my refresher course into reading things that are hard to understand. Just for frame of reference there are only 13 states at this time.

Letter 2-  Concerning Dangers from Foreign Force and Influence. 

This letter was setting some framework for why the country should become one Union as opposed to states becoming multiple confederacies. They gave history for how they worked together as a nation as one of the reasons for becoming a Union, “As a nation we have made peace and war; as a nation we have vanquished our common enemies as a nation we have formed alliances and made treaties, and entered into various compacts and conventions with foreign states.” Another message made clear is that the people of the country had chosen wise men, who had proved themselves to help try and solve the problems the fledgling weak government was facing to meet in Philadelphia in 1774. 

I think the most interesting paragraph to me in this letter was this one, for everyone who likes to bring religion into play:

With equal pleasure I have often taken notice that Providence has been pleased  to give this one connected country to one united people -a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs, and who, by their joint counsels, arms, and efforts, fighting side by side throughout a long and bloody war, have nobly established their general liberty and independence.”

Perhaps by the time I get to number 85 I will have a better grasp on the English!

March 4, 2009 at 5:08 am 3 comments

Already got one. Thanks anyway.

Messiah that is. How on earth did Obama get this title?

I have been trying to find out who coined this name for him. Some suggest it is a Republican invention. Which I beg to argue. No way would we be calling him that.

Check out the cover of this weeks Metro, Silicon Valley Weekly Newspaper. (and then read the article I am attaching to the end) They are NOT by any means affiliated with anything Republican.

wow. I saw it and had to pick up a copy. Could not believe it.

Then I read the article that went along with it. Again, wow. Makes me want to write a letter to the editor. Is there even a shred of bi-partisanship at this paper?

Here’s a small highlight – then click here to read the rest.

The Republican administration in Washington turned surpluses into deficits, peace into war, prosperity into chaos. It failed to address the rising costs of food, health care and college tuition and ignored the decline of public education and the earth’s atmosphere. It let Detroit collapse, and New Orleans drown.

In short, the Republicans that America elected screwed up the country, and it’s time to take it back.

With an abysmal record to run on, the GOP has taken to questioning the patriotism of its opponents, conducting a campaign of innuendo and guilt by association. The irresponsible fearmongering and demagoguery had predictable results.

Now back to the name for “the one” –

Well, the extremely controversial Lous Farrakhan said this,

“And he has involved young people in a political process that they didn’t care anything about. That’s a sign. When the Messiah speaks, the youth will hear, and the Messiah is absolutely speaking,” he concluded.

Scary. Louis Farrakhan that is. He is one scary man.

I really wonder how Obama feels being called this? He says he is a Christian and as such, he should have a real problem with this term now being assigned to him.

Anyone have any verifiable proof of where this term first came from for Obama? And the DailyKos does not count.

October 18, 2008 at 3:57 am Leave a comment

The attack on faith

There is a blatant attack on religion in our country. It is becoming more apparent as well. The media perpetuates this in record amounts. Being tolerant of every faith other than Christianity has gotten to a highpoint. Christians are becoming the minority and are at risk of becoming persecuted in our own country. A country founded for religious freedom. No matter how you choose to spin it, or rewrite history. This is from the Constitution, The Bill of Rights. It is really there. Not made up.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.
— First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

*For more information taken from the Department of State website defining the history of religious freedom.

Condaleeza Rice issued this quote as well, “Religious freedom is at the core of our nation, now as always,” Rice told reporters. “We are a country founded on the belief that all men and women are created equal, that as equals we enjoy certain universal and inalienable rights, and that among these are the right to live without oppression, to worship as we wish, and to think and speak and assemble without retribution.”

Or read Abraham Lincolns 2nd Inaugural address, note the number of references to God. He was free to express his beliefs without fear of persecution. Did he force all men to believe as he did?

Over the past few decades in an effort to be more “tolerant” of other faiths and religions Christianity, which was the religion of our founding fathers, is under attack and is not tolerated. Here is another quote illustrating the explanation of our country’s founding on Christianity:

I think that Christians may be a little out of line on this part of the issue, and I want to bring it into balance. Regarding the question, Is America a Christian nation?, if we mean by that that Christianity is the official, doctrinal religion of this country, the answer is of course not. That’s prohibited by the exclusion clause of the First Amendment. If we mean that we were founded on Biblical principles by Christian men who had a deep commitment to the Scriptures by and large, the answer is certainly yes. Gregory Koukl

So please don’t mistake what I am saying to mean that there is an official religion of our country, but also please don’t assume that Christian men did not found our country.

There are plenty of sources and resources to support whatever view you choose to uphold. Weighing out the true from the untrue are subject to discernment. Under the scrutiny of a Christian faith there are absolute truths as laid forth in the Bible. There are differences in beliefs even within the Christian community, so I am also not suggesting that all Christians believe the same things. (I am referring to all the mainstream Protestant & Catholic denominations.) There are so many variances even within the denominations and all people have free will. We choose what we believe. It is not something forced. Make sure you know why you believe what you do.

Do I think that everyone agrees? No.

Am I going to judge you for not believing? No.

That is not my place. I will respect your views, yet I will not believe that they are right. Just like you will not think I am right. But I will be happy to share what I believe if you want to know.

Should there be persecution publicly for having faith? I don’t think so.

Will it happen anyway? Yes.

I have most recently been upset by this conversation referring to Sarah Palin’s religious beliefs. Please understand she is not pushing her religion on anyone here. She is a woman of faith and as such I am proud of her for not denying her beliefs. No one ever said that we all believe the same thing. When did it become okay to make fun publicly of someone else’s religion? There is no tolerance for someone having a stance on religion. It takes far more courage to stand firm in your faith instead of wavering and trying to appeal to everyone, just to make yourself more popular to everyone.

I was watching for some reason an interview Keith Olbermann did with Rachel Maddow. I have never watched his show and am really not sure why I did this day. I have to tell you, I have never been so disgusted listening to someone make fun of another person as I was here. The comments saying “if there is a god” and “they actually believe in the rapture” and just the overall tone of the conversation is making fun of around 80% of Americans who call themselves Christians. While not that many would be offended since about half of the 80% are not active in their faiths. So still that leaves about 40-50% of Americans being made fun of.

What I find offensive is the fact that they are so callous and rude. If you can be tolerant of Obama’s faith than why can’t you be tolerant of Palin’s? The attacks on Obama’s church were not attacking his core faith. They were questioning his association with a blatantly anti-American pastor. There is no possible way to argue that Jeremiah Wright is not inflammatory in his speech. That said if Obama chooses to believe all that Wright said, that would be his choice. Just as is the faith of every other American. I am not in a position to judge anyone else’s religious beliefs.

Let me be clear in saying, I believe the Bible. I do believe the teaching of Jesus and am not ashamed to say it. Therefore much of my views on social policy reflects my faith. Please understand this is not a slam on anyone, but I am entitled to feel safe to worship as I choose without fear of persecution and voice my opinions as well. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions on the hot topics (right to life and lifestyle choices to mention a few). I don’t discriminate against people with views opposite mine. I may not agree, but those are your views, your choices. Don’t harass and shame others just because you don’t agree. That is not constructive or very nice.

With attacks on Christianity expanding every year I am worried more as time goes by. I just want respect for my faith and my children’s faith. If you can grant respect and tolerance to everyone else, why not me too? For the non-believer, the Muslim, all faiths? I know I have no problem with other faiths. We all have the same freedom guaranteed by the Constitution as Americans.

I have to point this out too. What is up with in public schools at Christmas they spend time making sure that everyone’s faith is represented – the exclusion of Christianity. Now let’s be serious here for a minute: Christmas Trees and Santa have NOTHING to do with Christianity. They are secular icons used at the holiday. I just want to make sure that my children are able to have their holiday celebrated and taught too. And frankly that is why my children go to a private school, to make sure that they are able to celebrate their beliefs (not to mention that the education in public schools can be questionable sometimes)

More links illustrating some attacks on religion:


Article: It’s politically correct, but does it hold danger for followers of Christ? Is love the same thing as tolerance?

Is Christian Tolerance Tolerable Anymore?

Palin’s Religious Beliefs same as Middle America

New Tolerance, No Virtue

**Please keep any comments to refrain from slamming or bashing personally. Constructive comments will be approved.

October 6, 2008 at 5:46 pm 11 comments

Changing your religion

I have to throw this out there, from reading profiles on facebook, tweets, etc – I have decided that there it is not worth my time to argue my position to anyone that is going to totally argue their candidate with me. You are not going to change my mind and I am not going to change yours. Now if we could hold an intelligent, civil conversation without resorting to name calling and ridiculous commentary, I would be happy to participate. Unfortunately, that is not usually how that plays out.

I find it to be similar to trying to change someone’s religious beliefs. If you have something that you hold dear to you such as your faith than you are not going to easily be swayed away from what you believe. In fact you might find it offensive when people attack you telling you that you are wrong.

So that said, I will not try to change your mind. If you will respect me and agree to disagree. I find it interesting to see the variances between each position, but I base what I believe on my values and faith.  So please know that going into any conversation.

If you do want to hold a civil discussion I welcome the conversation.

There is a reason the independent vote is the most important this election. They are the only ones who you are likely to have any influence over. So I will be interested in seeing how it turns out and how many people are swayed to one side or the other.

October 1, 2008 at 5:01 pm Leave a comment

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