Sunday, September 4, 2011

Federalist Papers 1

In Federalist Paper #1 Brutus tells the readers that this an important matter, it will not only effect them but generations of unborn people. He talks about how this is a critical time period for the 13 states. Whether to accept the constitution if it is only noble and wise choice, but if its not Brutus tells us " But if, on the other hand, this form of government contains principles that will lead to the subversion of liberty — if it tends to establish a despotism, or, what is worse, a tyrannic aristocracy; then, if you adopt it, this only remaining assylum for liberty will be shut up, and posterity will execrate your memory" I take this as if we dont make sure this is what we really want, we would just be trading one tyrannic governement for another.

He goes on to state the powers that the government would have over the people and the states themselves. Brutus does say this "It has authority to make laws which will affect the lives, the liberty, and property of every man in the United States; nor can the constitution or laws of any state, in any way prevent or impede the full and complete execution of every power given" What i took from this is this governement has the power to take away your liberty and property of every man in the United States, and nothing can stop this from happening.

Overall, i really enjoyed reading this Federalist Paper #1, i didnt have to read it in High School so it was my first time reading it. I liked how Brutus understood right from the beginning that this was a big deal. That this was going to effect millions of people, and change the course of history. I got to the end i found of that he wanted to object this new government. He states a few of his reasons why "In a republic of such vast extent as the United-States, the legislature cannot attend to the various concerns and wants of its different parts" he also says "In so extensive a republic, the great officers of government would soon become above the controul of the people, and abuse their power to the purpose of aggrandizing themselves, and oppressing them." He is scared that if the 13 states only have 1 main government that the legislature wont be able to handle each problem accordingly. The second quote i like the best it really shows how bad they had it before. He is under the assumption that if you give a man power he will abuse their power and repress them again, like the king of England did.

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