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The Original Argument Free download Î 104 Free read The Original Argument Ers’ intent and meaning when laying the groundwork of our government Beck provides his own illuminating commentary and annotations and for a number of the essays has brought together the viewpoints of both liberal and conservative historians and scholars making this a fair and insightful perspective on the historical works that remain the primary source for interpreting Constitutional law and the rights of American citizens. A Tale of Two BecksSeveral years ago I was out and about on a Saturday and happened to turn the radio on to the talk radio station I know I m somewhat masochistic like that When I feel I ve been particularly sinful I may even make myself listen to 15 minutes of Sean Hannity for penance The voice that greeted me on the radio was one I was unfamiliar with during my weekday perusals of the station In fact the person was talking about American history and showing a clear understanding of the motivations and thoughts of the founders and a clarity of expression unusual in the typical Straw Man ing Red Herring ing Ad Hominem ing talk radio hosts He was also witty and clever which are plusses in my book At the commercial I learned that this man s name was Glenn Beck Cut to a few months later I was in a restaurant and saw on the television a red faced man in histrionics raving like a lunatic and weeping openly into the camera Who is this loser I thought I soon learned via box at the bottom of the screen that his name was Glenn Beck as well which I thought at the time was somewhat odd You know odd that there would be two conservative leaning media personalities with the same name Sometimes even now I have a hard time convincing myself that radio Glenn Beck and TV Glenn Beck are the same person Beck can veer from the height of lucidity to the depths of insanity Fortunately it is the radio Glenn Beck that shows up for the book The Original ArgumentAn Original IdeaThe Original Argument is based on a simple premise all Americans should understand the arguments and ideas that drove our founding fathers to pen the Constitution It is not enough to know what the Constitution says but to understand why it says what it says From personal experience I can say that I learned in my high school government class all about our bicameral legislation our balance of powers and the roles of the three branches of government However I did not learn a thing about the great debates that set these structures in place and the reasoning behind them At the school where I teach now Veritas Press Scholars Academy students in both the ninth and twelfth grades are expected to read extensively from the Federalist and Anti Federalist papers and to be able to discuss the differing perspectives presented However I realize that many people never encounter these arguments and even if they did they would be put off by the archaic language I would be lying if I said that none of our students are put off by the archaic languageThis is the premise that makes The Original Argument so intriguing A selection of the most important Federalist Papers have been translated into modern English in a very faithful way so as to give modern Americans an understandable guide to the thought of our founding fathers The credit for most of the work in this book goes to a young man named Joshua Charles who actually did the work of translation However as the name Joshua Charles is not likely to sell many books it is Beck s name that appears on the cover Beck writes essays at the beginning of each section of the book summarizing a particular aspect of the Federalist Papers and also writes notes on each paper showing the main ideas and issues dealt with in that particular paperThe PapersOverall the papers are well selected and arranged and are representative of the thoughts of the writers of the papers The book is divided into seven sections covering broadly 1 the vision of the constitution 2 the delicate balance between a national government which the federalists were attempting to avoid by the way and a confederacy government which is too weak to accomplish what the authors say a government ought to accomplish 3 The overall nature of the republic 4 the balance of powers within the government 5 the freedoms of the states and people 6 the rights of the government with regard to taxation and 7 the specific powers and limitations of the judicial branch of government Beck s notes on the papers and his essays are surprisingly nonpartisan criticizing conservatives and democrats alike for departing from Constitutional principles and co opting our nation s history for personal gain I appreciated his essays and even when I disagreed with him I felt that the issues of debate were made clearer by his explanationsAs far as my thoughts on the papers themselves I suppose I have to tip my hand here I am an Anti Federalist right up there with my Virginian forbear Patrick Henry I think the Constitution had and has many weaknesses and that the writers of the Federalist papers were terribly na ve at many crucial junctures For example in paper 41 we read It is a fact of our political system that the state governments will always be able to provide complete security against invasions of the public liberty by the Federal government Why is this Because the bulk of the military will always be made up of the state militias There will never be a standing Federal army That would be ridiculousIn paper 44 Madison defends the article giving the federal government the power to make all laws which are necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers When the anti Federalists complained that this gave the government too much power Madison responded with the idea that if we stuck to the Articles of Confederation then the government would have no power at all They could have copied Article II of the Articles of Confederation which would have prohibited the exercise of any power that was not explicitly given in the Constitution Showing how much Rousseauian nonsense Hamilton had imbibed he argues that changing circumstances reuire the government to be able to accrue new powers to itself as time changes Thankfully the anti Federalists won this battle and thus the 9th and 10th amendments to the Constitution were written Unfortunately the proper and necessary clause has been used by the Federal government time and again to give the government unconstitutional power in spite of the Bill of RightsThese shortcomings aside there is a great deal of thought in the Federalist Papers of which the many if not most Americans are ignorant This ignorance is shown in people who think the Seventeenth Amendment was a good idea or who wish to abolish the Electoral College This ignorance is even better shown in people who have no idea what the Seventeenth Amendment is and have never heard of the Electoral CollegeSummaryI wholeheartedly recommend this book for anyone and everyone as an introduction to the Federalist Papers I still believe that people should try to read the papers in their original language after all they were originally geared to New York farmers not to some elite intelligentsia Everyone should understand why our government is structured the way it is and what powers the Federal government actually has under the current Constitution We need to understand that the American revolutionaries sought to create a nation ruled by laws and not a nation ruled by men like the French during their revolution We need to understand that certain impediments were intentionally placed in the way of the government to keep it from being too efficient to the detriment of the peopleI thoroughly enjoyed this book and would love to see a similar book released based on the Anti Federalist papers Until that time though it would be great for everyone to get a copy of The Original Argument for their home library55 stars

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The Original Argument Free download Î 104 Free read The Original Argument Al government a debate as relevant and urgent today as it was at the birth of our nationAdapting a selection of these essential essays pseudonymously authored by the now well documented triumvirate of Alexander Hamilton James Madison and John Jay for a contemporary audience Glenn Beck has had them reworked into “modern” English so as to be thoroughly accessible to anyone seeking a better understanding of the Founding Fath. It is difficult to convey just how bad this version of the Federalist Papers is to anyone who has not struggled with the original majestic language of Hamilton Madison and Jay and spent hours digesting their carefully crafted arguments Anybody who has however will be appalled at the ineptness of this translation the shallowness of the commentary and the almost pathological historical ignorance that Mr Beck and Mr Charles have brought to one of our nation s great literary and philosophical treasuresI generally think that people should read things like the Federalist Papers the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence in their original versions The language of the late eighteenth century is not as different from the language of today as Beck protests in his introduction and we owe it to the Founders we revere to read what they had to say in their own words There are many good editions of the Federalist Papers that provide glosses and footnotes for the difficult words and passages the occasional antiuated usage should not be a bar to reading America s original founding documentsHowever if one is going to revise the words of the Founders into a youth friendly 21st century idiom one had better know something about the language of the time period and the context of the documents The Mary Webster edition in fact does this and presents an updated version of the papers that is as accurate and as informed as a careful scholar can make themGlenn Beck and his collaborator Joshua Charles on the other hand simply are not up to the task that they set for themselves in revising this workI have seen enough of Mr Beck that I did not come to the book with very high expectations I was fairly sure for example that the introductory material and the commentary would wrench Publius s words out of context and apply them simplistically to every plank of the Modern Tea Party s platform which in fact it does I also suspected that some of the original papers that did not conform to this agenda would be eliminated entirely which in fact they were the book updates only 33 of the 85 Federalist Papers and Hamilton s vital 30 and 31 which argue for virtually unlimited taxation power for the federal government are nowhere to be found All of this I was prepared forNothing however could have prepared me for the utter ineptness of the translation itself As a professional scholar of the 18th century albeit the British 18th century I have had some exposure to the way that people wrote 230 years ago And as an avid admirer and freuent reader of the Federalist Papers I have put a lot of effort into understanding and appreciating what its three authors meant to say When I read this purportedly accurate updating of the language I was appalled Nearly every page contains at least one major paraphrasing error sometimes altering and sometimes completely reversing the intent of the original Substitutions are made for perfectly good English words for no apparent reason And important phrases sentences and whole paragraphs simply disappear in the updating exerciseA catalog of the clear paraphrasing errors of this translation would reuire many pages but I can t resist sharing a few First compare the following rather important passage from Hamilton s Federalist 1 first in the original and then in the updated versionORIGINAL A dangerous ambition often lurks behind the specious mask of zeal for the rights of the people than under the forbidden appearance of zeal for the firmness and efficiency of government History will teach us that the former has been found a much certain road to the introduction of despotism than the latter and that of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obseuious court to the people commencing demagogues and ending tyrantsBECK Dangerous ambition often lurks in those who have excessive enthusiasm for the rights of the People than those who believe in a firm and efficient government History proves that the former often leads to tyranny than the latter and that the people who have trampled on the liberties of a republic often began their campaigns by being overly concerned with the rights of the People and helping to end tyrannyNotice what the updater has done with the final part of this passage Hamilton was launching an all out attack on the Anti Federalists Patrick Henry George Mason George Clinton etc who had been arguing that a strong federal government would abrogate the rights of the people Hamilton said that historically despotic rulers start out as demagogues and end up as tyrants In the translation however demagoguery is excised entirely from the text hmm wonder why and Hamilton s ending tyrants by which he very clearly means ending up tyrants becomes helping to end tyranny I doubt if there could be a conseuential mistake in representing the opinions of the Founding Fathers than confusing helping to end tyranny with ending up a tyrantMy second illustration comes from the opening passage of Madison s magisterial Federalist 10 perhaps the best known of all the Federalist PapersORIGINAL Among the numerous advantages promised by a well constructed Union none deserves to be accurately developed than its tendency to break and control the violence of faction The friend of popular governments never finds himself so much alarmed for their character and fate as when he contemplates their propensity to this dangerous vice He will not fail therefore to set a due value on any plan which without violating the principles to which he is attached provides a proper cure for itBECK None of the benefits that a well constructed Union brings deserves to be considered than its tendency to decrease and control the violence that typically comes with opposing political factionsThe friends of popular government are understandably alarmed by the tendency of the factions within any government to engage in violence Violence always puts both the character and the fate of the government at risk If this is the case then these friends of popular government would be wise to carefully consider a Plan that far from violating their principles actually provides a cure for this problemThe errors here stem from not understanding how Madison used the term violence of faction which the updater naively translates as engage in violence the way that fifth graders do on the playground after school Madison of course meant nothing of the sort Rather he was arguing that factions or special interest groups constituted a kind of political violence on the entire body politic When people combine into factions he explains in the same introduction then the public good is disregarded in the conflicts of rival parties and measures are decided not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party but by the superior force of an interested and overbearing majorityOne of the major clues that Madison is not talking about physical violence in this essay is that he never brings it up again He does though talk at great length about the metaphorical violence that a permanent majority can inflict on a minority To reduce his brilliant analysis to a warning against the outbreak of physical violence is to miss the beauty and the importance of what the great man was sayingIn his introduction to this edition Beck strongly recommends that we do NOT read the original Federalist Papers Let s be honest he says they re written in terribly hard to read eighteenth century English they reference things that most of us have never heard about and let s just say it They seem irrelevantA few pages later however he launches into a fairly predictable broadside against the liberal elite who don t want you to read the works of the Founding Fathers Even today some people would prefer that you not read the Federalist Papers Instead they would rather contort Publius s words to serve their own narrow ideological endsExactly

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The Original Argument Free download Î 104 Free read The Original Argument Glenn Beck revisited Thomas Paine’s famous pre Revolutionary War call to action in his #1 New York Times bestseller Glenn Beck’s Common Sense Now he brings his historical acumen and political savvy to this fresh new interpretation of The Federalist Papers the 18th century collection of political essays that defined and shaped our Constitution and laid bare the “original argument” between states’ rights and big feder. Radio host Glenn Beck explains the Federalist Papers in plain ordinary language so that it is understandable to today s studentsHe does a fairly good job even though his reputation is so damaged many will read this