Federalist No. 80 – Janine Turner
Howdy from Nebraska! We have been traveling across America in our Constituting America RV, filming our winners! We have filmed Jacob Wood in California, (check out his new video on the website – it is produced by Constituting America and directed by me and edited by me and my daughter, Juliette!) Next, we traveled to Arizona where we filmed Jorey Cohen (check out the photos on the website – scroll down). We then traveled to Colorado and filmed Joseph Valencia and onward to the bottom of the Rockies, the great Continental Divide, to film Halley Moak! Check out our website for updates.
We are trying to keep the site up to date as we travel in the RV – as much as the phone service and electrical outlets will allow. The electrical outlets keep popping! It is rather crazy to be on this tiny RV with six people traveling thousands of miles across the country – literally all across the country – up, down, everywhere. However, when times are exhausting, the absolutely darling children who are our winners light up the whole process.
I pray to God to guide us, as we are servants of His and of America. This is how I feel. This is my purpose – to be of service. As I travel across our great country I am reminded how beautiful it is and I love America and Americans. We are blessed!
Regarding Federalist Paper No. 80. – all can says is “wow!” I wish I had all of the time in the world to study it but I am filming, directing, editing and traveling so I am a wee bit busy. As I read the paper I realize how huge our country has become since its inception and how large our government has become. I have to question whether it is still the “weakest” branch of the government. When Juliette, Cathy and I visited the Supreme Court recently, the guide talked about how John Jay left his position as Supreme Court Chief Justice, to become governor of New York.
Today, we consider this decision with incredulous wonder. Why would he leave the Supreme Court to become governor of New York? It is because at that time, the office of governor was more powerful than that of a Supreme Court Justice – and this was the intention of the Constitution.
In modern times, the office of Supreme Court Justice is considered one of the highest in the land and one of awe.
The only way this misplacement of powers may be revisited is by becoming aware of the true intention of the court. Knowledge is power.
In Federalist Paper No. 80, Alexander Hamilton writes of the importance of the uniformity of reason within a nation, hence, the importance of the Constitution. A nation must have a reference point, a synchronicity of laws. Without this, there is no center, no focus. It is on this very point that I believe the writing of our United States Constitution was just as monumental of a miracle as our victory in the Revolutionary war. Unity is important in all endeavors but most importantly in worthy endeavors.
In Federalist Paper No. 80, Alexander Hamilton expresses his opinion:
“The mere necessity of uniformity in the interpretation of the national laws, decides the question. Thirteen independent courts of final jurisdiction over the same causes, arising upon the same laws, is a hydra in government, from which nothing but contradiction and confusion can proceed.
Alexander Hamilton thoughts and words in his fourth point of Federalist Paper No. 80 is mesmerizing:
“The fourth point rests on this plain proposition, that the peace of the WHOLE ought not to be left at the disposal of a PART. The Union will undoubtedly be answerable to foreign powers for the conduct of its members. And the responsibility for an injury ought ever to be accompanied with the faculty of preventing it.”
Two phrases stand out in this phrase,
“The peace of the WHOLE ought not to be left at the disposal of a PART.”
“And the responsibility for an injury ought ever to be accompanied with the faculty of preventing it.”
With the difficult times that we are facing as a nation, a focus upon the true intentions of our founding principles is paramount.
Understanding the intrinsic values of our foundation as a country will be the only thing that will sustain us in times of attack, whether external or internal, physically or culturally.
I thank you for joining us. Please read the Constitution with your children, family and friends and for that matter, anyone you encounter.
Sunday, August 22nd, 2010
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