Constitution Thursday – The Spirit of Vigilance

rich+congressAs the debate over the Ratification proceeding, things were becoming quite heated – at least in a literary sense. The Anti-Federalists were rapidly picking apart what they saw as obvious flaws in the proposed system of National Government, particularly concerned that the House of Representatives could become a new Parliament. That is, full of corruption and men who would be disconnected and disinterested in the People or their liberties.

On February 19th, 1788, James Madison would present Federalist #57 as a counter to the argument that the House would become such a body that is disconnected and have little to no sympathy with the People.

Of all the Federalist Papers, this is personal favorite. Of the entire paper, my favorite potion is a single sentence which has become my rallying cry since the day I first read it:

“If this spirit (of vigilance) shall ever be so far debased as to tolerate a law not obligatory on the legislature, as well as on the people, the people will be prepared to tolerate any thing but liberty.”

Today on Constitution Thursday as a part of our look at the ratification Process, I present to you an “Original” episode from July 21, 2011, when we took a look at this particular paper as a part of the broader discussion.

This episode is a solo radio broadcast, so there is a bit of a different timber. I also am very passionate about this particular issue. So there is a bit more… well.. I guess anger and frustration here.

Let’s travel back in time a bit and talk about Federalist #57

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About Dave

Talk Show host, lifelong Baseball and Star Trek fan, US Navy Submariner and Fire Control Technician (Ballistic Missile) 1st Class Petty Officer (Submarine Qualified), Dave is married with four daughters, one son, two sons-in-law and two grandchildren plus one on the way. He resides quietly in Manteca, CA, where he records his podcast, Plausibly Live, three days a week. He also writes for several other blogs and as a "Stay at home Dad" plays a lot of games with his son. Dave loves books, history and is learning to weld and drive a forklift. Just for fun. Dave is also a Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans and a Member of the US Submarine Veterans.

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