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By the end of October, 1787, the two side in the debate had been clearly delineated. There were those who were opposed to the Constitution, and there were those who favored it.

pubulisThose opposed, the Anti-Federalists, as they would become known, had been first to publish their ideas with the first two DeWitt letters. But even as the second hit the papers, the first pro constitution article appeared. It was addressed to the People of the State of New York, and signed by the penname Publius,  one of four men who overthrew the monarchy and established the Roman Republic in 509 b.c.e.

Over the coming months, many more pro constitution, or “Federalist Papers” would be written. Their purpose was clear – to convince the people of the State of New York, and by extension, the entire country, to favor ratification of the Constitution.

John DeWitt Letter #2

Federalist #1

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Tioga Pass

Ben runs up the rocks!

Ben runs up the rocks!

Dave and the family head out for the top of Tioga Pass in Yosemite, while the Duggar family heads out to an interview with Megyn Kelly on FOX news. One trip was a blast, the other promises to be an exercise in futility.

The State Senate President doesn’t want to talk about his hiring of two State Retirees to drive Drunk Senators home in the middle of the night. But he does want to get on his soapbox and whine about One Person One Vote, which is basically his own power structure.

The GOP has an opportunity here to really unite the base and show what they believe. Will they take it? Not a chance. But in the process, Dave discovers why he disagrees with Ron Paul (and by extension, Rand Paul).

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THE Reason The 2nd Amendment Exists

Have you ever asked yourself why the 2nd Amendment exists in the first place?

Let’s consider some things. First off, it wasn’t in the original document, it was an amendment, one of the first thirteen proposed by the 1st Congress as a trade for the ratification by the Anti-Federalists. And why were the Anti-Federalists so insistent on the Bill of Rights? Because they believed that someone like Alexander Hamilton would come along and say, “Hey, the Constitution doesn’t say that we can’t do this thing…” and then proceed to do it. Read the rest of this entry

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