August 23, 2010 – Federalist No. 84 – Janine Turner

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Howdy from Indiana! We filmed Spencer Kollsak yesterday in Illinois. He is absolutely darling, very bright and we thoroughly enjoyed meeting him and his family. We filmed in front of the oldest log cabin in Illinois, which we thought was very fitting for Illinois, since it is the home of President Abraham Lincoln. Our footage is BEAUTIFUL from all over the country. Our documentaries are going to be awesome in its message, its diversity and its photography. Juliette and I are going to edit the documentaries. It is going to be a huge job but most worthwhile!

We are now on our way to Alabama with a stop through Nashville.

I just read Federalist Paper No. 84. I can’t believe we are on Federalist Paper No. 84!!!! What a journey this has been – amazing, inspiring, educational, and passionately patriotic!

In Federalist Paper No. 84, Alexander Hamilton wraps up the last remaining details regarding the Constitution.

They may be last but they are by no means the least, as a matter of fact, Alexander Hamilton expresses what he believes to be the most important elements.

Alexander Hamilton states in Federalist Paper No. 84:

“The establishment of the writ of habeas corpus, the prohibition of ex-post-facto laws, and of TITLES OF NOBILITY, TO WHICH WE HAVE NO CORRESPONDING PROVISION IN OUR CONSTITUTION, are perhaps greater securities to liberty and republicanism than any it contains.”

When one denounces the Constitution as irrelevant or antiquated, they need only look at Federalist Paper No. 84 and these three basics of Republicanism.

Habeas Corpus: the civil right to obtain a writ of habeas corpus as protection against illegal imprisonment.

A violation of this basic right is a major tactic of a dictator, a principle of tyranny. The dictator imprisons anyone he wishes for any reason and in this way he stifles opposition, maintains control and dwarfs inspiration, creativity and advancement of mankind. Fear is the great silencer of life and intimidator of spirit.

The subsequent preserver of freedom is the prohibition of ex-post facto laws. The prohibition of ex-post facto laws is a vital principle of liberty. It protects Americans from the threat of reprisal of punishment. Dictators use this to perpetually punish or create ways to twist the laws and entrap a citizen in the mire of concentrated confinement.

Nobility, which is the secret wish of any man due to the weakness of human nature which falls prey to the call of power, would then and certainly now, murder liberty and the Republican form of government, if he could do so.

We are so used to our protection from these threats that we know not of the dire straits we would have to contend with if we did not have them. Does this make it not relevant to today? No. It actually makes it very relevant to today, as it protects us against the potential usurper of our liberties. How easily we forget. Yet, we need only look to the recent horrors of Communism, Hitler or modern day dictators, for example, to see the consequences of the violation of these, our brilliant Constitutional, rights.

Knowledge is power. These words from our Constitution and the Federalist Papers call to us. They preserve and protect us. We need only pay heed. Are Americans listening?

Spread the word. America as we know it, depends upon it.

God Bless,

Janine Turner

August 23, 2010

 

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