The Federalist Papers
The Federalist Papers, although a difficult read, interests me most of some of the readings we have done so far this semester. It interests me so because it was written to persuade reluctant New Yorkers to adopt the proposed new Constitution. They consist of persuasive essays almost, which to me is a great feat of its writers to persuade some of these reluctant people, because obviously they were successful in persuading enough to want to pass the Constitution. Just thinking of how well these men wrote, particularly Madison and Hamilton, that had to change one’s strongly opinionated mind about individual’s rights. The Federalist papers stressed that an individual has a natural right to “liberty, dignity, and happiness” and that to ensure these rights government must “secure the public good, and private rights against the majority”. To us, who live the effects of the Constitution on a daily basis, think that this way of government is of common sense, the only way. Clearly at this time there were differences (as I’m sure there are still now), and The Federalist Papers succeeded in persuading and completely change stubborn New Yorker’s minds. I think that Hamilton discusses many interesting points in his paper No. 1. He brings up a question that could determine the fate of the Constitution and America-whether “societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection or choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend, for their political constitutions, on accident and force.” This is the ultimate question of whether men can make or break the new America. Are we capable of establishing a just and fair government on our own through reflection of our morals and rights and making fair and well thought out choices, or does a government have to be instituted by force, out of our control, or simply by accident, without much though of justice or rights in mind? Hamilton, although he writes of those who are involved in factions, addresses those who are capable of creating a strong and energetic government that is essential to the security of liberty.