POL203Y1 Chapter Notes -The Federalist Papers

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POL203Y1: U.S. Government and Politics September 15th, 2011.
The Federalist Papers #2: Concerning Dangers From Foreign Force and
Page 90
It is equally undeniable that whenever and however gov’ts are instituted, the
people must surrender to it some of their natural rights, in order to vest it w/
necessary power
Therefore it is worthy of consideration whether it would cooperate more to the
interest of the people of America that they should be one nation, under one federal
gov’t, than that they should divide themselves into separate confederacies and
give to the head of each the same kind of power which they are advised to place
in one gov’t
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Politicians now believe that instead of looking for safety and happiness in union,
we ought to seek it in a division of the States into distinct confederacies or
Providence (fate) has given this one united peoplea people descended from the
same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion,
attached to the same principles of gov’t, very similar in their manners and
customs, and who, by their joint counsels, arms, and efforts, fighting side by side
throughout a long and bloody war, have nobly established their general liberty
and independence.
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A strong sense of value and blessings of union persuaded the people, at a very
early period, to institute a federal gov’t to preserve and perpetuate it.
They formed it almost as soon as they had a political existence
The constitution is only recommended, not imposed
It is neither recommended to blind approbation, nor to blind reprobation
Well grounded apprehensions of imminent gander induced the people of America
to form the Congress of 1774
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Congress of 1774 recommended certain measures to their constituents, and the
event proved their wisdom
Press and officers of gov’t were against these measures from the undue influence
of ancient attachments or whose ambition aimed at objects which did not
correspond w/ the public good, were unrelenting in their endavours to persuade to
persuade the people to reject the advice of the patriotic Congress
Many were deceived and deluded, but majority of people reasoned and decided
judiciously, as they considered Congress to be composed of many wise and
experienced men
That they convened from different parts of the country, they brought w/ them and
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