“It has been frequently remarked, that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not, establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend, for their political constitutions, on accident and force. If there be any truth in the remark, the crisis, at which we are arrived, may with propriety be regarded as the æra in which that decision is to be made; and a wrong election of the part we shall act, may, in this view, deserve to be considered as the general misfortune of mankind. “
Todays entry concerns the first paragraph of Federalist Paper No.1. Let us take these relevant words one segment at a time and apply them to our present circumstance.
“by their conduct and example”
Flowery political speech’s not followed by substantive deeds will get us nowhere. With our economy in crisis we must ensure that the actions we take do not compromise our principles. The 700+ billion dollar bailout comes to mind in this instance. I believe that fateful day when Congress decided to proceed with the bailout will cost us for generations, and not just in a monetary sense. For all the talk of Barack Obama being a socialist, which I believe to be true, the Republican Party lost any moral high ground they may have had. Since we must wait and see what Barack Obama actually does as President, up to this date President George Bush must be considered the most socialist President to date. That being said, ground lost in a battle can be regained, the price of which is to be determined by our course of action.
“establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend, for their political constitutions, on accident and force”
Continuing our theme of the economic crisis and the national security threats we face these words should hold us to more sober actions. We all find ourselves guilty of the urge to do something in a very immediate sense when crisis comes our way. I would hope we can all choose to base our actions and reactions in a more contemplative approach as one misstep in these times can be very costly to our liberty.