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The Original Argument: The Federalists' Case for the Constitution, Adapted for the 21st Century Paperback – June 14, 2011
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"The Original Argument is an incredibly important book not only for the times in which we live, but for future generations of Americans as well. It brings the message of our Founders to our ears again, loud and clear, and in a way that more people can understand and apply. The Federalist Papers are essential reading to anyone who seeks to understand our Constitution, and this re-working of this classic American text represents a monumental achievement. Anyone who loves their country, seeks to understand our history and our Constitution better, and who wants to pass down the American heritage to their children and grandchildren, should own and study this book." --David Barton, New York Times bestselling author of The Jefferson Lies
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So, why are they so important, and what is the original argument any way? As Beck states in the introduction, "What the Federalist Papers offer to us today is a guide to understanding the Founders' core constitutional principles, the theories behind their words, the why, the where and how of the foundation of America." Beck clearly esteems the Founding Fathers, and finds the Federalist Papers to be of their core work.
What I find most interesting is the even-handedness Beck levies. The Federalists are known to have been pro-federal government, which in today's climate is allied with Democrats and modern liberals and against Republicans and conservatives. For instance, much of Hamilton's rhetoric is used today in defense of widespread government intervention, especially with regard to fiscal and monetary policy.
But rather than denouncing the Federalists as monarchists or totalitarians, as some on the political right might be inclined to do, Beck is willing to honestly examine their work and analyze it in its context. What the reader finds is that, though some Federalist concepts certainly were statist in their effect, the core ideas are arguably the core ideas of the political right--minimum government and maximum freedom.Read more ›
Few understand that America's Constitution was created during a time of relative peace, and through the thoughtful deliberation of men dedicated to the establishment of a Republic that would provide security and liberty for its citizens. This itself is rather unique in history.
Having met for the purpose of revising the Articles of Confederation (the original document that bound the 13 colonies / states together during and after the successful Revolution, these patriots soon agreed that an entire NEW document was needed to establish our democratic republic. After laboring through a long, hot summer in Philadelphia, they produced the Constitution of the United States of America as a complete replacement for the Articles of Confederation.
Provisions in the Constitution required ratification by the states. While a majority of states quickly ratified the document, the State of New York suffered political factions strongly opposed to this document, making ratification by New York very much in doubt.
Under the pen name of "Publius," John Jay, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison wrote a series of short essays addressing the arguments against the adoption of the new Constitution and their rationale in its favor. These essays were published in a number of New York newspapers and other publications, and are commonly known as "The Federalist Papers," or simply, "The Federalist."
Where the original documents are written in the convoluted, difficult to understand 18th century English, these (arguably the most important) essays have been "translated" into modern day American English, and are thus easy to read and understand.Read more ›
You may have read the Federalist Papers in the past, but this book will shed new light and greater understanding. The book provides clarification of the founding fathers original intent, and will open your eyes to how far our current government has strayed from its constitutional boundaries.
I highly recommend the book.
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Step back from the hyperbole and consider the originals in their text:
1. The language is obtuse in the 21st century. Language evolves rapidly in every dimension over 250 years. Language changes in significant ways between generations.
2. Webster's dictionary attempted to codify American English only in 1828. Webster's 'A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language', appeared in 1806 in the earliest attempt to standardize spelling. What % of the 21st century public would even know what a "Compendious" might be? None of Webster's effort to normalize English was in operation when the papers were written.
3. The federalist papers were written under pseudonyms in a rancorous political environment and attempted to elucidate high political, nearly utopian concept as free of politics as might be rendered from 1787-1788. There was limited, regional, common agreement on critical language terms among the 13 independent states, North to South and trust was lacking and overcompensated with abundant words. The various papers objectives was to establish an anonymous source structure to pull the wholly divergent southern and northern colonies into cohesion. The 85 papers were unbounded by linguistic convention and with words that often have diametric definitional usage in the 21st century.
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Well written, & easy to read. Does a great job in updating the Federalist Papers to today's language.Published 2 months ago by Alf
I think Glenn is a bit unhinged generally but this book seems to be OK. He's a "libertarian Mormon" (former Catholic) and talk about an oxymoron - maybe split personality -... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book that takes the Federalists Papers and explains them. The idea of America was based on the information contained in these papers. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tazzy
The book arrived in a timely manner and was in an unread (no creases in the binder) condition, even though the description didn't state as much. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Susan Conte
Glenn Beck is a smart man that I feel I can trust. I've learned a lot from him.Published 3 months ago by Annette Dixon