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The Federalist Papers : The Original Argument

The Federalist Papers presented arguments in f...
The Federalist Papers presented arguments in favor of a strong connection between citizens and their congressional representatives. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I believe your understanding of the founding documents and the history of this country is proportional to your despair, discontent and anger at what you see happening today.

The Nation’s 2010 Report Card for Civics show only 12% of 12th graders are proficient at a 12th grade level.
To give you an idea of how students scored in science let me just say, chemistry.com is a dating site.

It’s much easier to manipulate a populace when they don’t know they are being manipulated. Can a society protect something if they don’t know what that something is.
The founders understood this and you can find many quotes where they emphasized how important it was for the society to be informed. Government by the people can only succeed when we completely understand the issues and what is at stake. It is no accident that much of our history is no longer in text books or being taught. The progressive movement started in academia and now monopolizes our educational institutions.

The Federalist Papers are recognized as some of the “greatest political writings in American history”, yet few people have read them and I venture to say according to the latest national report card few even know what they are.

When the Constitution was being proposed it faced a great deal of opposition.
James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and Joy Jay wrote 85 essays promoting the ratification of the United States Constitution. The three men published their essays under the shared pseudonym “Publius.” These are The Federalist Papers and thereby make the argument for the Constitution.
Just as the Constitution is amazing so are The Federalist Papers. Contained in the work are examples of not only why the Constitution would work for all but reasoning as to how that government should work and why. It’s astonishing just how much was foreseen.

With the size and complexity of the bills it’s no accident you feel detached from your government. The less you understand the more they can get away with.  Congressmen even joke about, “you expect us to read this” and seriously report that we’ll know what’s in the bill after it’s passed. Unbelievable but foreseen by the founders.

Founder and father of the Constitution James Madison warned us in Federalist Paper #62 of incomprehensible bills

 It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is today, can guess what it will be tomorrow. Law is defined to be a rule of action; but how can that be a rule, which is little known, and less fixed?

What Madison was saying was that the common man should be able to read and understand the law. He went on to say that if this wasn’t the case not only would the citizenry become detached but commerce would suffer as well as the respect for the government.

With that in mind consider:

2409 pages Obamacare
1073 Pages. A stimulus bill
2010 tax code is 71,684 pages in length
It was 16,845 pages in Y2006 (now there’s some growth for ya)

The Growing Complexity of the U.S. Federal Tax Code (Political Calculations)

The authors of the Federalist papers also had a greater plan in mind. According to Federalist 1:

It has been frequently remarked, that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not, of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend, for their political constitutions, on accident and force.

That’s a big deal… Whether we can govern ourselves or be governed by force, such as a monarchy or some other form of tyranny. We must stay informed!

You can download free the Federalist Papers here (Gutenberg.org)

If you find the early English that was used at that time a bit hard to digest then you should check out “The Original Argument”, a book that Glenn Beck has put out.
The book was inspired by a young graduate student, Joshua Charles, who originally drafted this idea and writes a ten page preface.

The Original Argument: The Federalists’ Case for the Constitution, Adapted for the 21st Century
An interpretation of The Federalist Papers where Glenn updates a wide selection of them into modern English for modern readers.

I’m spending more time listening these days so for those of you into audiobooks here’s a great price deal at Amazon:

Primetime Propaganda: who’da thunk

He went to Harvard, he’s Jewish and he’s wearing a Harvard Law baseball cap. He must be a liberal, right?

That’s what Hollywood execs thought when they sat down with Ben Shapiro.

Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TVThe inside story of how the most powerful medium of mass communication in human history has become a propaganda tool for the Left

Primetime Propaganda is the story—told in their own words—of how television has been used over the past sixty years by Hollywood writers, producers, actors, and executives to promote their liberal ideals, to push the envelope on social and political issues, and to shape America in their own leftist image.

In this thoroughly researched and detailed history of the television industry, conservative columnist and author Ben Shapiro argues that left-leaning entertainment kingpins in Los Angeles and New York have leveraged—and continue to use—their positions and power to push liberal messages and promote the Democratic Party while actively discriminating against their opponents on the right. According to Shapiro, television isn’t just about entertainment—it’s an attempt to convince Americans that the social, economic, and foreign policy shaped by leftism is morally righteous.

But don’t take his word for it. Shapiro interviewed more than one hundred of the industry’s biggest players, including Larry Gelbart (M*A*S*H), Fred Silverman (former president of ABC Entertainment, NBC, and vice president of programming at CBS), Marta Kauffman (Friends), David Shore (House), and Mark Burnett (Survivor). Many of these insiders boast that not only is Hollywood biased against conservatives, but that many of the shows being broadcast have secret political messages. With this groundbreaking exposÉ, readers will never watch television the same way again.
About the Author
Ben Shapiro is a graduate of UCLA (which he entered at the age of sixteen) and Harvard Law School. At seventeen, he became the youngest nationally syndicated columnist in the United States. Shapiro is the author of the national bestsellers Brainwashed, Porn Generation, and Project President, and hosts The Ben Shapiro Show in Orlando, Florida. He is married and lives in Los Angeles.

Space Trilogy : C. S. Lewis

You can’t read too much c S. Lewis

When I was around 19 or 20 I first read The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis and needless to say it had a huge impact on me.
I was raised in a Christian home and found the book at my grandparent’s house on one of our summer visits. Although raised as a Christian, I like most at that age, and especially during the late 60’s and early 70’s question everything we’ve heard thus beginning our life journey reading various philosophies and religious beliefs. In the end, I believe we are better Christians as a result of this exercise.
Now my son, 22 is listening to The Screwtape Letters, narrated by John Cleese, after having read it at what was probably too young an age due to his father’s enthusiasm. I know it will have the same affect on him as it did on me and as it has on all who have read it, especially at that time in their life.

Since the advent of mp3 players and smartphnes I have started listening to books and find it to be a delightful way to appreciate them. I generally listen to an hour each night as I lay in bed where once I would spend about half that time reading a book in print. Because of this new found love I find myself going through more books and revisiting authors I have appreciated. I should also say I have been amazed at the talent found in the narrators and have much respect for them.

Having just seen the latest in the The Chronicles of Narnia films, “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader “By C. S. Lewis - The Voyage of the 'Dawn Treader' (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 5) (6/15/94) I started thinking about C. S. Lewis and discovered “Space Trilogy”. How I could overlooked this treasure is beyond me but I am thoroughly engrossed and once again dazzled by the intellect and vision of C. S. Lewis.
As you might expect, Space Trilogy is much more than a fantasy or a work of science fiction but a story that examines the great questions of religious belief and sociology and best exemplifies what The New York Times had to say of Lewis; “perhaps more than any other twentieth-century writer, forced those who listened to him and read his works to come to terms with their own philosophical presuppositions”.
Told in a such a delightful way, as are most of his works, Space Trilogy is imaginative, fun, visual, deeply thought provoking, reassuring, inspiring, timeless and is a must read for all ages. I cannot recommend it enough.

C. S. Lewis was an Irish-born British novelist, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian and Christian apologist. He is well known for his fictional work, especially The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia and The Space Trilogy (Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, That Hideous Strength).
Lewis was a close friend of J. R. R. Tolkien, and both authors were leading figures in the English faculty at Oxford University and in the informal Oxford literary group known as the “Inklings”. He actually patterned the central character of Space Trilogy on his friend J. R. R. Tolkien.

Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilogy (Paperback))
Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilogy (Paperback)), the first book in C. S. Lewis’s acclaimed Space Trilogy, which continues with Perelandra (Space Trilogy, Book 2) and That Hideous Strength (Space Trilogy, Book 3), Out of the Silent Planet begins the adventures of the remarkable Dr. Ransom. Here, that estimable man is abducted by a megalomaniacal physicist and his accomplice and taken via spaceship to the red planet of Malacandra. The two men are in need of a human sacrifice, and Dr. Ransom would seem to fit the bill. Once on the planet, however, Ransom eludes his captors, risking his life and his chances of returning to Earth, becoming a stranger in a land that is enchanting in its difference from Earth and instructive in its similarity. First published in 1943, Out of the Silent Planet remains a mysterious and suspenseful tour de force.

Perelandra (Space Trilogy, Book 2)
The second book in C. S. Lewis’s acclaimed Space Trilogy, which also includes Out of the Silent Planet and That Hideous Strength, Perelandra continues the adventures of the extraordinary Dr. Ransom. Pitted against the most destructive of human weaknesses, temptation, the great man must battle evil on a new planet — Perelandra — when it is invaded by a dark force. Will Perelandra succumb to this malevolent being, who strives to create a new world order and who must destroy an old and beautiful civilization to do so? Or will it throw off the yoke of corruption and achieve a spiritual perfection as yet unknown to man? The outcome of Dr. Ransom’s mighty struggle alone will determine the fate of this peace-loving planet.

That Hideous Strength (Space Trilogy, Book 3)
That Hideous Strength (Space Trilogy, Book 3) The final book in C. S. Lewis’s acclaimed Space Trilogy, which includes Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra,  concludes the adventures of the matchless Dr. Ransom. The dark forces that were repulsed in Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra are massed for an assault on the planet Earth itself. Word is on the wind that the mighty wizard Merlin has come back to the land of the living after many centuries, holding the key to ultimate power for that force which can find him and bend him to its will. A sinister technocratic organization is gaining power throughout Europe with a plan to “recondition” society, and it is up to Ransom and his friends to squelch this threat by applying age-old wisdom to a new universe dominated by science. The two groups struggle to a climactic resolution that brings the Space Trilogy to a magnificent, crashing close.

 

 

The Creature from Jekyll Island

This is just blowing my mind. A must read!

[amazonify]091298645X:right[/amazonify] Where does money come from? Where does it go? Who makes it? The money magician’s secrets are unveiled. Here is a close look at their mirrors and smoke machines, the pulleys, cogs, and wheels that create the grand illusion called money. A boring subject? Just wait. You’ll be hooked in five minutes. It reads like a detective story – which it really is, but it’s all true. This book is about the most blatant scam of history. It’s all here: the cause of wars, boom-bust cycles, inflation, depression, prosperity. Your world view will definitely change. Putting it quite simply, this may be the most important book on world affairs you will ever read.
The 5th Edition of The Creature from Jekyll Island, includes the latest information relevant to the Federal Reserve.

The Road to Serfdom

The Road to Serfdom : F. A. Hayek
An unimpeachable classic work in political philosophy, intellectual and cultural history, and economics, The Road to Serfdom has inspired and infuriated politicians, scholars, and general readers for half a century. Originally published in 1944—when Eleanor Roosevelt supported the efforts of Stalin, and Albert Einstein subscribed lock, stock, and barrel to the socialist program—The Road to Serfdom was seen as heretical for its passionate warning against the dangers of state control over the means of production. For F. A. Hayek, the collectivist idea of empowering government with increasing economic control would lead not to a utopia but to the horrors of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy.

First published by the University of Chicago Press on September 18, 1944, The Road to Serfdom garnered immediate, widespread attention. The first printing of 2,000 copies was exhausted instantly, and within six months more than 30,000 books were sold. In April 1945, Reader’s Digest published a condensed version of the book, and soon thereafter the Book-of-the-Month Club distributed this edition to more than 600,000 readers. A perennial best seller, the book has sold 400,000 copies in the United States alone and has been translated into more than twenty languages, along the way becoming one of the most important and influential books of the century.

With this new edition, The Road to Serfdom takes its place in the series The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek.  The volume includes a foreword by series editor and leading Hayek scholar Bruce Caldwell explaining the book’s origins and publishing history and assessing common misinterpretations of Hayek’s thought.  Caldwell has also standardized and corrected Hayek’s references and added helpful new explanatory notes.  Supplemented with an appendix of related materials ranging from prepublication reports on the initial manuscript to forewords to earlier editions by John Chamberlain, Milton Friedman, and Hayek himself, this new edition of The Road to Serfdom will be the definitive version of Friedrich Hayek‘s enduring masterwork.
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About the Author
F. A. Hayek (1899-1992), recipient of the Medal of Freedom in 1991 and co-winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 1974, was a pioneer in monetary theory and a leading proponent of classical liberalism  in the twentieth century. He taught at the University of London, the University of Chicago, and the University of Freiburg.

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Green Hell: How Environmentalists Plan to Ruin Your Life and What You Can Do to Stop Them

Everywhere you look, everything is going green. But soon, this trendy green lifestyle wont be voluntaryit will be mandatory. Milloy shows how the government will soon have you under its green thumb.

From the Inside Flap
Big Brother Has Turned Green
The environmental movement has cultivated a warm and fuzzy public image, but behind the smiley-face rhetoric of “sustainability” and “conservation” lies a dark agenda. The Greens aim to regulate your behavior, downsize your lifestyle, and invade the most intimate aspects of your personal life.
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In this stunning exposé, Steve Milloy unveils the authoritarian impulse underlying the Green crusade. Whether they’re demanding that you turn down your thermostat, stop driving your car, or engage in some other senseless act of self-denial, the Greens are envisioning a grim future for you marked by endless privation.
Steamrolling nearly all opposition with its apocalyptic predictions of environmental doom, the Green movement has gained influence throughout American society–from schools and local planning boards to the biggest corporations in the country. And their plans are much more ambitious than you think, says Milloy. What the Greens really seek, with increasing success, is to dictate the very parameters of your daily life–where you can live, what transportation you can use, what you can eat, and even how many children you can have.

Citing the tactics and goals of Green groups as explained by their own activists and leaders, Green Hell demonstrates:

* How Green pressure campaigns threaten the safety of your home and your car, and public health overall
* Why the election of President Obama portends a giant leap forward for coercive Green policies
* Why Greens obstruct the use of all forms of energy–even the renewable sources they tout to the public
* How wealthy Green elites stand to profit fabulously from the restrictions and regulations they seek to impose on the rest of us
* How Green pressure campaigns are hamstringing the military and endangering our national security
* Why big business is not only knuckling under to the Greens, but is aggressively promoting the green agenda to the detriment of its own stockholders
* What you can do to help stop the great Green machine
A one-of-a-kind, comprehensive takedown of the entire environmental movement, Green Hell will open your eyes to a looming threat to our economy, our civil liberties, and the entire American way of life.

You owe it to yourself, to understand… Please read this!

Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto

by Mark R. Levin (Author)

A Must Read for any conservative or anyone wanting to understand what a Conservative in America is.

In the face of the modern liberal assault on Constitution-based values, an attack that has steadily snowballed since President Roosevelt’s New Deal of the 1930s and resulted in a federal government that is a massive, unaccountable conglomerate, the time for re-enforcing the intellectual and practical case for conservatism is now. Conservative beliefs in individual freedoms do in the end stand for liberty for all Americans, while liberal dictates lead to the breakdown of civilized society — in short, tyranny. Looking back to look to the future, Levin writes “conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are our founding principles.” And in a series of powerful essays, Levin lays out how conservatives can counter the liberal corrosion that has filtered into every timely issue affecting our daily lives, from the economy to health care, global warming, immigration, and more — and illustrates how change, as seen through the conservative lens, is always prudent, and always an enhancement to individual freedom.


As provocative, well-reasoned, robust, and informed as his on-air commentary, Levin’s narrative will galvanize readers to begin a new era in conservative thinking and action. Liberty and Tyranny provides a philosophical, historical, and practical framework for revitalizing the conservative vision and ensuring the preservation of American society.

The 5000 Year Leap: A Miracle That Changed the World.

The 5000 Year Leap — For many years in the United States there has been a gradual drifting away from the Founding Fathers original success formula. This has resulted in some of their most unique contributions for a free and prosperous society becoming lost or misunderstood. Therefore, there has been a need to review the history and development of the making of America in order to recapture the brilliant precepts which made Americans the first free people in modern times.

In this book, discover the 28 Principles of Freedom our Founding Fathers said must be understood and perpetuated by every people who desire peace, prosperity, and freedom. Learn how adherence to these beliefs during the past 200 years has brought about more progress than was made in the previous 5000 years. Published by National Center for Constitutional Studies, a non-profit organization.[amazonify]0880801484:right[/amazonify]

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