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I was reading a copy of the Federalist Papers and came across something interesting. James Madison was telling about how our form of government derives all of its powers directly or indirectly from the "great body of people." He also says, "It is essential to such a government that it be derived from the great body of the society, not from an inconsiderable proportion, or a favored class of it; otherwise a handful of tyrannical nobles, exercising their oppressions by a delegation of their powers, might aspire to the rank of republicans, and claim for their government the honorable title of republic."
The writers of the Federalist Papers (Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay) and our Founding Fathers would be rolling over in their graves if they could see what was taking place in their beloved government today. For example: voter suppression.
The U.S. Supreme Court gave the Republicans and their tyrannical nobles the means to exercise their oppressions by allowing them to buy elections. Congress doesn't listen to the great body of people; its members' goal is to control the entire country with the delegation of their powers.
The Federalist Papers were written to explain to the people and state legislators what each article of the new Constitution meant. They did a good job, but it hasn't sunk in to a lot of our so-called elected officials. I'll bet 50 percent or more of our legislators have never read the Constitution. They just do what they're told, and that's not what the Founding Fathers meant when they constructed the best means of governing ever put together.
If you're allowed to vote, vote Democratic.
First Published October 1, 2012 12:00 am