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America | Our Beliefs and The Books We Read

The May 7th issue of the Wall Street Journal printed an article with this title :

“Peter Berkowitz: Why Colleges Don’t Teach the Federalist Papers”

The WSJ’s article begins by describing briefly the Federalist Papers.  Accordingly, “The Federalist Papers were written and published during the years 1787 and 1788 in several New York State newspapers to persuade New York voters to ratify the proposed constitution.” 

The most practical question that should be asked is whether or not we should be reading the Federalist Papers and Anti-Federalist Papers, we meaning Americans, regardless of your educational specificity.  It’s a pretty rhetorical question, but if you are genuinely pondering the answer I recommend you look into these two colleges whom are not making the mistake of some Ivy League schools, George Wythe University or Monticello College

So, why are the brightest minds in formal education avoiding the imperative study of The Federalist Papers, Anti-Federalist Papers, Cicero, John Locke, Algernon Sydney, Montesquieu, Adam Smith or the genesis writings of those that put together the founding documents?

“Most astonishing”… Berkowitz writes, “and most revealing is the neglect of The Federalist by graduate schools and law schools.  The political science departments at HARVARD, Yale, Princeton, STANDFORD and Berkeley—which set the tone for higher education throughout the nation and train many of the next generation’s professors—do not require candidates for the Ph.D. to study The Federalist.”

Constitutional lawyer and author of the best-selling book 5,000 Year Leap, Dr. C. Skousen observes “all of us belong to a generation that [has] never been taught the clear-cut, decisive principles of sound politics and economics enunciated by the Founders.” 

The Federalist Papers in essence were the conglomerate writings of Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison.  The Federalist Papers were written to convince the reader that the structure of the constitution was accurate and best-suited for the American government.

According, to George Wythe University’s Founder Oliver Demille The Anti-Federalist Papers warned us of some of our biggest issues we face today.

  1. The Executive Branch will increase influence over the national budget
  2. National expenditures will increase and eventually bankrupt the nation
  3. Power will flow consistently away from the states
  4. The courts will eventually have too much power
  5. Justice will be lost as government grows
  6. The treaty power will be abused

Clearly, these six predictions are coming to fruition, and arguably already birthed into prophecy.  The Anti-Federalist Papers in most cases offer solutions.

It seems absurd on one-hand, and absolutely perplexing on the other to think that the brightest minds in America are not required to read these writings.  However, the GREATEST ISSUE America faces today is the ignorance of its keepers- The Citizens.

9 American Beliefs:

  1. We believe in a government of laws and not of men, and in an unwavering commitment to exalted principles and celestial ideals rather than personal sovereignty.
  2. We believe in a government with three distinct, separate branches that are independent from each other, none having power of delegation or appropriation of rights or powers by any one to or from the other.
  3. We believe government is required to procure its “just powers from the consent of the governed” and that citizens grant the position and power to the branches of government and their elected.  Impeachment’s power stems from the people to the elected whom have abused or assumed the rights and powers without the endowment of the people.
  4. We believe in self-government and in a federal government that maintains local matters of public interest in the jurisdiction of local governments.
  5. We believe in the bill of rights, which shelters the people from the government’s ability to affect the people “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”, and the right to think and worship, the right of free speech and a free press, the right to peaceably assemble and petition government, the right to purchase and maintain property without harassment except in due process.
  6. We believe that the American People have accomplished, in a few centuries time, that which has never been achieved and such has been through the system of government which abides in true principles inked on our Founding Documents, namely the constitution, a heavenly banner which waves to all the world.
  7. We believe in and respect the rights of other countries and citizens, allowing them the freedom of conscience and opportunity to reproduce our Founding Documents as they choose, not as we dictate or police.
  8. We believe with an unyielding firmness of mind that the Founding Documents were inked on paper by principled men whom were inspired by Divinity, and were it not so, such documentation and consequential achievements would not have come about and humanity would have continued as it had during every millennium anterior.
  9. We believe that Heaven birthed freedom on the shores of the United States, and that Principled Men have supported Freedom’s rights and liberties through faith, prayer, education, and public virtue.
The great text of of Socrates, Plato & Cicero, to name a few, ought to be in your library, as well as books about the Great Men who formed our Founding Documents, and the original writings they penned.  The best books in history are the required readings of the American Prepper.

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5 Comments on "America | Our Beliefs and The Books We Read"

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  1. Chuck Bateman says:

    If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. —Thomas Jefferson—

  2. Andreas Klein says:

    All of us are ignorant in some aspect or degree. The most important thing is to improve our knowledge about the World and about ourselves – every day. Making steady progress should be our aim as individuals and society. Usually, ignorance stems from a false sense of security. By the way, althou Jefferson’s thinking was well ahead of his time, we need to adapt his ideas to our new circumstances. Most important is to introduce these kind of debate into main stream.

  3. Chuck Bateman says:

    There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated — and when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which is predicated.  The freedoms, liberties, and unalienable rights endowed upon us by our Creator require obedience to certain laws, precepts, principles and values in order for them to be preserved for us.  The founding fathers new this.  Most of these men acknowledged that the hand of God was upon them as they drafted and brought into existence the 1787 Constitution.  One of these men said this Constitution was for a moral and religious people.  It is within certain morals and religious beliefs that our freedoms, liberties, and unalienable rights will be preserved by the Creator’s hand.  If the American people fall away from, deviate from, or pollute the requirements to be and remain a moral and religious people, the Creator’s blessings will be withdrawn and the Americans will be left to their own demise and destruction.  

  4. Andreas Klein says:

    You are probably right, sir. Now in 2012, we still need to fear God in order to behave. He didn’t made us, afterall, in His image :)  

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