With 2013 fast approaching, it is a time for everyone to begin anew. New Year’s resolutions will abound in the next week or two. Many will be broken – some early and others later in the year. For those interested in America, including her history and where she is headed, I can think of no better resolution to make than to read the Federalist Papers.
The teaching of civics and history has been effectively eliminated from school curriculums. Among the biggest casualties has been a complete lack of understanding of how this country was founded, the documents on which it is based, and how these things served as the pillars on which the greatness of America was achieved. The Federalist Papers, written by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison to support the passage of the Constitution, were a contemporaneous argument for 1 of the 2 most important political documents ever written.
The Federalist Papers are important because they give us the details of how the Founders saw the Constitution. And it is this foundation on which over 200 years of growth, prosperity, and human achievement were built. I have always thought that you go back to basics when you lose your way. A reading of the Federalist Papers accomplishes just that end.
Over the course of the coming months I will make holding to this resolution easy by reprinting, without commentary, each of the Federalist Papers in order. I invite you to read them and comment as you see fit.