Wednesday, August 18, 2004

The Federalist Papers

I am inspired to provide this link for anyone unaware of these papers. They are germane to some of the political commentary on this and other blogs. They are a fascinating piece of history, as well as masterworks of Public Relations. It is good sometimes to go back to the roots of our nation and see where we came from. It can give perspective, and raise the tone of public debate.

If you read nothing else, at least read the first paper, written by Hamilton. Some very interesting statements are made. Like this one:
"And yet, however just these sentiments will be allowed to be, we have already sufficient indications that it will happen in this as in all former cases of great national discussion. A torrent of angry and malignant passions will be let loose. To judge from the conduct of the opposite parties, we shall be led to conclude that they will mutually hope to evince the justness of their opinions, and to increase the number of their converts by the loudness of their declamations and the bitterness of their invectives."

The Federalist Papers

1 comment:

leftyjones said...

Great selection! I spent a semester in college on the Federalist papers alone and another on the Constitution and its creation. Both were absolutely powerful classes and crucial to understanding what went on in the early years of our government, how we came to be the America we are today and in some ways, as you pointed out, how much hasn't changed when it comes to politicians and party-speak.