If men were angels, no government would be necessary. – James Madison
I set in on the Introduction to the Federalist Papers today. I was appalled at how little I knew about them. If I ever read about them while at school, I do not remember now. Why would I do this you ask? Well to be honest, I was prompted by a discussion I had with my grandson about our government and how it operates. (Courtesy of all the political speeches on TV. now.) I found he had questions I wasn’t sure I could answer correctly. I told him I would find his answers. I wanted to get a better handle on the how’s and do’s of government workings and more importantly the why of it all. I wanted to make sense of it so I could answer his questions. So a 12 yr. old would understand the greatest of our country and the responsibility that we all have.
The mindset of our founding fathers was amazing. It took 32 months for all the states to approve the Constitution. It went into effect after 9 states approved it. The Federalist papers were written for explanation and to promote discussion among the people. Today I suppose it would available on the internet with discussion groups and what not. But the point I am laboring to make is that the people were excited about this and were eager to participate, too understand. When the Constitution was in place the people knew how it would operate and were eager to see it in action as this new nation came forth.
I don’t see this same excitement, involvement in our government today. Many of us want to complain about our government but do so little to make it better. Where should we start? What should we do? More importantly, what can I do to make a difference?