June 22, 2010 – Federalist No. 40 – Janine Turner
Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010
Howdy from Texas! What a glorious day for the Constitution! My daughter and I marveled as we heard that a Federal judge had struck down President Obama’s six month moratorium on the drilling of oil in ocean waters. Whether one agrees or disagrees with President Obama’s decision, it is just awesome to see our Constitution’s checks and balances at work. Truly. My daughter and I discussed how the checks and balances keep tyranny from rearing its ugly head. It will be interesting to see what the Judge’s decisions will be through the appeals court process.
This is, of course, an example of why it is tremendously important that we, as citizens and guardians of our country, and our children, our future, know that we have a government of checks and balances. We, America’s citizens, are a delicate, yet vital, part of that balance. Within our voice and our vote is the weight of reason.
I thank you for joining us today and I thank Joseph Postell for his insightful essay! James Madison’s Federalist Paper No. 40 encompasses many pearls of wisdom. I found the following passage to be particularly intriguing:
“..the latter (the convention) have accordingly planned and proposed a constitution which is to be of no more consequence than the paper on which it is written unless it be stamped with the approbation of those to whom it is addressed.” By this he means, the people, through representation. One of the Federalist Paper’s phrases that repeats and repeats in my ear is, one they use quite frequently, (and I do too!) “the genius of the people.”
Awareness, Acceptance. Action. “We the People,” through people like you, are going to spread the word about the United States Constitution and Federalist Papers. We will accept our calling and then “We the People,” will take action, making educated decisions based on a foundation of knowledge. Based upon the principles of our founding fathers we, the modern day, “genius of the people” will persevere and transcend the wills of those who chose to bring America down. Knowledge is power. History is the key to the future. Our Constitutional founding father’s believed this then and we believe it now. They based our Constitution on the trials and errors of history, not ideology or rhetoric. Our Constitution has withstood the test of time. We must preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. It starts with you. It starts with your children. It starts with you family, friends and acquaintances. Spread the word!