May 7, 2010 – Federalist No. 8 – Cathy Gillespie

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Friday, May 7th, 2010

Thank you all for another week of wonderful insights!

Please encourage the children in your life to sign up online for our We The People 9.17 Contest!  We are looking for entries especially in the short film and PSA categories for high school!  Middle school and high school students can also enter a cool song or an essay, and the elementary school kids are invited to submit a poem or holiday card.  Prizes include $2,000 for the winning high school entries and gift cards and other prizes for the younger kids.   More information, including rules and signup form, is available at  www.constitutingamerica.org

A recurring theme on these posts and blogs has been our amazement at the foresight, vision and wisdom of our founding fathers.  There are times in reading their words that certain sentences seem to leap off the page with relevancy for today.  We find this long term vision and wisdom amazing because the elected officials of our generation deal mainly in the here and now.  We are an immediate gratification society, and the majority of today’s leaders respond accordingly.

Wouldn’t it be refreshing to hear our current policy debates discussed in the terms we find in these Federalist Papers, with the spirit of civility and long term vision of our founders? What will the new health care bill mean to us 200 years from now?  What impact will the various immigration reform proposals have far into the future?   Wouldn’t it be interesting for some of our members of Congress to write a series of articles similar to the Federalist  Papers, addressing the consequential issues facing our country today?

What words from our generation of leaders will resonate 200 years from now?  I can’t answer that question, but I do hope and pray that 200 years from now, United States citizens will still be reading and studying the Constitution and the Federalist Papers, and will still be amazed at the foresight and wisdom of our founders.

Have a great weekend, and wishing you all a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Cathy Gillespie

 

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