May 10, 2010 – Federalist No. 9 – Janine Turner
Monday, May 10th, 2010
Howdy from Texas. I want to thank you for joining us today and I thank Professor Knippratch for his most insightful essay today!!! Thank you, Professor Knippratch.
I am in the middle of tornados whirling through
our ranch so I have to make this brief. I am once again amazed and inspired by the intellectual tenacity of our forefathers. It is my hope, through our foundation, that we may encourage our youth to read, read, read.
History truly is the key to our future.
My favorite passage of Federalist No. 9 is:
The regular distribution of power into distinct
departments; the introduction of legislative balances
and checks; the institution of courts composed of
judges, holding their offices during good behaviour;
the representation of the people in the legislature, by
deputies of their own election; these are either
wholly new discoveries, or have made their principle
progress towards perfection in modern times
“..or have made their principle progress towards perfection in modern times.”
This line captures my attention. Through out history many empires and republics had been formed but became lost in the mire of war, conquests or tyranny, as mentioned in earlier essays. Now, according to Alexander Hamilton, The United States Constitution, by analyzing the annals of history and recalculating and reinventing the basis of former Republics, offered “progress towards perfection in modern times.”
Our forefathers, guided by the hand of Divine Providence, etched onto the new sphere of political science a masterpiece, a stroke of genius that would be embraced and cherished by Americans and emulated throughout the world – even today.
How sad it is that we Americans have such little time to devote to the revolutionary and relevant thesis of our country; that we have forgotten to cherish such a gem. We, as a modern society, have forsaken our great founding principles, as a kitten is forsaken on the side of the road.
It is Cathy’s and my goal to reach out to the schools across America and by this September 17th have 20 minute DVDs (or downloads) available of the winners of our contest – hip, cool and contemporary – discussing the United States Constitution in all her glory.
Then when a 7th grader gets in your car, he or she won’t say, “What’s the Constitution?”
And we, as parents, as adults, as citizens, through our “90 in 90 = 180,” will be re-stimulated, re-educated and fortified to take on whoever wants to challenge, defy or ridicule the validity of the United States Constitution. We will be ready to teach our children, our families, or our friends about the “perfection of modern times.”
10 Responses to “May 10, 2010 – Federalist No. 9 – Janine Turner”
Janet Drennan says:
Bless you for this remarkable site and your commitment to First Principles! I had NO IDEA that this is what you’ve been up to~way to go!
K. Fegert says:
I heard you on Mark Levin today, and, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate finding out about another conservative from the entertainment industry. I just saw a bumper sticker that read “God Bless John Wayne”, and I think “God Bless Janine Turner” would be as appropriate. Best wishes and God’s speed in your incredibly prescient endeavour. There is very little in our country of as pressing importance as properly educating our future leaders.
Davis Northnagel says:
Just heard about this remarkable project on the Mark Levin show today. Keep up the good work! Davis Northnagel
HI, I AGREE WITH JANET, WAY TO GO, LADIES!! I HEARD YOUR INTERVIEW WITH MARK TONIGHT AND I JUST FELT SO PROUD OF YOU!! I WRECKED MY CAREER, AS WELL, WITH MY INABILITY TO SIT STILL WHILE PEOPLE TRASH EVERYTHING WE STAND FOR!! DEPOSITING SO MUCH JUNK, THAT I JUST CAN NOT BELIEVE WHAT PEOPLE ARE THINKING! THE FIRST THING I DID WAS LOG ON TO YOUR SITE, SIGN UP AND STAND UP TO BE COUNTED! PLEASE CONTACT ME AND LET ME KNOW WHAT I CAN DO TO HELP THE CAUSE!!!! I KNOW A FEW PEOPLE!! YOURS, D.B.
I found this website by listening to Mark Levin’s radio show. I really like the educational content. There is another website http://www.TheseSelfEvidentTruths.com that also has good history on the Constitution, plus some occassional commentary on current events. It is heartening to see a renewed interest in our founding documents. It is truly sad that the principles of freedom are not taught in our public schools, but instead, students are sent home because they wore a t-shirt with an American flag. Let’s hope it is not too late to save our republic. Keep up the good work, Janine and Cathy.
Bill in Dallas says:
I had no clue, I heard you on Mark Levin show, was so thrilled to find this site and what you and Cathy have been upto. God bless and keep you. I’ve asked my 11 year old granddaughter to start following you. Thank you for what you do. Pray for Mark, I worry about his health, we need his voice and his love for the constitution.
Debbie Beardsley says:
I have really enjoyed reading the Constitution and Federalist Papers. It is too bad the rest of the country won’t take the time. This may be a little off topic, but it is related, I was shocked yesterday when I heard Obama’s nominee for Supreme Court say we are a Democracy. How can we expect the Court to uphold the Constitution when they don’t even know it? She should know we are a Republic and not a Democracy. Time to pull her nomination and put someone in place that has actually read the document.
Barb Zakszewski says:
Well that would basically leave anyone reading this website as possible nominees to the Supreme Court. I don’t have a law degree so that leaves me out…Anyone else? Seriously though, Debbie you are absolutely right…How can people swear to uphold and defend a document that they have never read, or see as antiquated or worse, irrelevant? I’m reading the Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution and find it amazing and appalling how the Supreme Court went so quickly from interpreting the Constitution to ignoring it, or recreating it to suit their own personal agendas and belief systems. Barack Obama is the Woodrow Wilson of our times..This country has strayed so far from the founding principles as to be almost unrecognizable…We have to get back to where we started!!