Essay 1 – The Problem and The Solution

Our great Republic is divided. Divided in many ways. Religion, race, gender, economic class, politics, immigration, age, and the list goes on. However, we don’t really divide ourselves personally as much as were are being divided by those who are supposed to be our leaders. The system is broken, and it’s precisely because of this that they are able to effectively divide us. They have to keep us divided in order to keep their power. It really is that simple. If we the people were not divided, there is NO WAY that we would allow this corrupt, out-of-control federal government to continue its ways. They know it, and it’s time that we learn it, and do something about it.

If we do not get our act together, this country simply will not survive as the land of the free. We will no longer be the place that offers the best opportunity for the pursuit of happiness. We will be just another country, flailing along in our existence just like so many other countries in the world. Our progeny will be denied the gift of liberty that was handed over to us by our predecessors. And they will suffer for it. And the World will suffer for it.

But it doesn’t have to be. We can fix things. There is a way. We must find our way back to the basic principles, truths, and wisdom that founded this Republic. Before we can do that, we have to learn and understand what those were. I submit to you that ALL of our modern day problems can be resolved amicably by applying those same principles, truths and wisdom, and that we have been given the mechanism to do so…the Constitution for the United States of America. It is my intent to demonstrate, explain, and persuade you to believe this as well, through a series of essays. Some of you will recognize that this method of persuasion concerning the Constitution has been done before. Unfortunately, far too many of you will not. The Federalist Papers, written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay (all under the single alias, Publius), were a series of 85 essays to support the ratification of the original Constitution for the United States of America.

After intense study on the founding principles, the constitution and the government it creates, I’ve concluded that there really is no quick and easy way to really learn about these topics. Although I certainly do not claim to be as equal to the task as the legendary Founders behind the Federalist Papers, I will attempt to write these essays in order to help bring the average, modern citizen up to speed on the basic ideas, principles and structure of the Constitution and the government. I will be writing these essays as I understand things. There will certainly be those who will disagree with me on one thing or another (or maybe even all), just as there were those who disagreed with Hamilton, Madison, and Jay. The Anti-Federalist Papers contain a series of essays that debate the Federalist Papers. Interestingly, there is much written in these opposing papers that I find I agree with as well, even more so as our current federal government grows more and more out of control and way beyond the size and scope of the original intent and what we the people consented to.