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New Meetup: The Federalist Papers - reading of select sections and discussion

From: Amy
Sent on: Saturday, July 10, 2010 7:10 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Thinkers' Club!

What: The Federalist Papers - reading of select sections and discussion

When: Wednesday, August 4,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Twinsburg Public Library
10050 Ravenna Road
Twinsburg, OH 44087

So I picked up a book at Borders today called The Dumbest Generation by Mark Bauerlein, the dumbest generation referring to my own - the under 30 crowd - by the way. I thought I would share some statistics with you that should justify our reading of the Federalist Papers, a compilation of 85 essays written in the late 1780s that endorse the ratification of the US Constitution:

"In a 1998 survey of teenagers by the National Constitution Center, only 41% could name the three branches of government....In a 2003 survey on the First Amendement commisioned by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education only one in 50 college students named the first right guaranteed in the amendment...In a 2003 study sponsered by the National Conference of State Legislatures entitled Citizenship: A Challenge for All Generations, barely half of the 15-26-year-olds queried agreed that 'paying attention to government and politics' is important to good citizenship, and only two-thirds considered voting a meaningful act..." (Bauerlein, pg 19).

So if you actually sit down and read the Federalist Papers and/or even attend this meetup, you'll likely gain more knowledge of our government, political philosophy, and US history that most Harvard grads (whose 2006 senior class scored an average of 69.7 percent - after $200,000 of tuition payments no less - on a citizenship test run through the Intercollegiate Studies offense, Ivy grads.)

The Federalist Papers, authored by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison, remain judges, lawyers, and politicians' primary guide for understanding how our forefather meant for us to interpret the US Constitution. Vince B, our resident lawyer/ poli sci professor, will be posting selections from the Federalist Papers in the comment section of this meetup shortly. We elected to read sections that dealt with commerce, since this seems most relevent to current topics in debate. However, if you would like to get a head start, read Federalist 10, Federalist 84, and Federalist 74 for enrichment. These essays pertain to the establishment of minority rights despite majority rule, the Bill of Rights, and the executive branch of the government, respectively.

We'll see all of you at the Twinsburg Library in August. Consider bringing a generation Yer....and perhaps reading the Constitution before you come!

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