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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and passionate prose that will inspire you!, April 6, 1999
This review is from: The Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention Debates (Mentor Series) (Mass Market Paperback)
These often intense and firey speeches made by the Anti-Federalists or the detractors of the Constitution (as it was being written and then debated) are powerful, passionate and sharp enough to make one feel these words were meant to be weapons, i.e., the front line defense of the freedom and liberty we so easily take for granted today. I feel that much of what is wrong in our political system today was predicted here, and what would constitute the only real solution, i.e., active, democratic citizenship, is also demonstrated here in their willingness to fight against tyranny with reason and passion. How much greater our public debates would be today if this were required reading for all citizens! "Politics" would be thought well of again and refer to what citizens do in noble service to communities, close to home and far away. Do yourself a favor, get inspired again as to the original principles and purpose of democracy, read this book, and believe again! And do something!
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Initial post: Aug 16, 2008 3:55:12 PM PDT
I agree every citizen should read the Federalist and Anti-federalist papers as well as the constitution and declaration of independence. Dosen't mean they have to do it all at once (I'm still working my way through them). Think of all the politicians who get away with constitutional murder because our citizens don't know spit about our founders or the constitution. Great review... Reminds me of what Thomas Jefferson said:

"A civilization that expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, expects what never was and never will be." - Thomas Jefferson

Posted on Jul 26, 2010 8:14:24 AM PDT
Eric Wagner says:
I understand what you mean by what is wrong today with our system, but I think the thing most wrong is we don't actually follow the Constitution the way the Founders set it up, or follow their other writings, such as public service being a position of honor, not money. I've been reading the 5000 Year Leap (very enlightening) and it's amazing to see just how much we've stopped following the Constitution and additional writings the Founders left behind for us. All our solutions are in their words, we just don't read them (and certainly not our leaders).

Posted on Jul 10, 2012 4:14:01 AM PDT
W. Dawson says:
I agree with you and the many other reviewers who suggest that our citizenry would be much better equipped to contribute to our "experiment in self-government" if they were well versed in the Constitution, the Federalist Papers, and the arguments contained in the Anti-Federalist Papers. I am not sure what you meant by the term "active, democratic citizenship". Do you mean well informed citizens who take part in shaping our government, with the aim of protecting our rights and freedoms? I think that is likely what you mean. Or do you mean citizens who operate in a democratic system as opposed to a republican system? I doubt you intended that meaning. Care to elaborate?
I wholeheartedly agree that public service in political office would more likely be held in esteem if at least a majority of citizens were educated about, and well versed in the principles and the arguments which shaped our nation's founding documents.
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