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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

The Federalist: Founders' Daily Quote(s) 5/10/2005

Monday, May 2, 2005
"Hamilton was indeed a singular character. Of acute understanding, disinterested, honest, and honorable in all private transactions, amiable in society, and duly valuing virtue in private life, yet so bewitched & perverted by the British example, as to be under thoro' conviction that corruption was essential to the government of a nation." --Thomas Jefferson

...and you want us to be more like the countries we fled?

Tuesday, May 3, 2005
"[D]emocracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security, or the rights of property; and have, in general, been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths." --James Madison, Federalist No. 10

For this reason, we have a REPUBLIC.

Wednesday, May 4, 2005
"No pecuniary consideration is more urgent, than the regular redemption and discharge of the public debt: on none can delay be more injurious, or an economy of time more valuable." --George Washington

(Pecuniary=of or pertaining to money.) The way this is worded, I must admit, I do not understand the meaning. Would someone be so kind as to explain this phrase? Thank you.

Thursday, May 5, 2005
Jefferson was against any needless official apparel, but if the judicial gown was to carry, he said: "For Heaven's sake discard the monstrous wig which makes the English judges look like rats peeping through bunches of oakum." --Thomas Jefferson


Friday, May 6, 2005
"Still continuing no less attached to union than enamored of liberty, they observed the danger which immediately threatened the former and more remotely the latter; and being persuaded that ample security for both could only be found in a national government more wisely framed, they as with one voice, convened the late convention at Philadelphia, to take that important subject under consideration." --John Jay, Federalist No. 2

My recollection is poor, but as I remember: We had a Continental Conference (2 of them) that did not have the authority or strength to do the job at hand, so we wrote the Constitution in secret at Philadelphia. It was then distributed to all 13 states for consideration. Then it was voted upon. It required 2/3 of the states to agree, and they would not, unless there was the promise of the Bill of Rights; the first 10 Amendments.