Lesson 2 – Seekers of Truth

Assignment 1

Write an essay explaining what you understand from the following clause of the constitution.  In addition to explaining what is meant by this clause please give your opinion as to what the alternatives are.  Is there a better way to accomplish the goal?  You may refer to other parts of the Constitution or any additional source but you must include your opinion as a conclusion.
 Article I, Section 2, clause 1.

The House of Representatives shall be composed of members chosen every second year by the people of the several states, and the electorsdef in each state shall have the qualifications requisite for electorsdef of the most numerous branch of the state legislature.

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Assignment 2

In Federalist No. 37, James Madison encourages the people of the State of  New York to take a fair and unbiased approach to examining the merits of the proposed Constitution.   In our search for the American constitutional paradigm we are trying to see the Constitution through the eyes of the Framers.  Please look at the following 3 sentence excerpt from Federalist No. 37 and re-write what is being said in these sentences.  In the text the sentences are all together in one paragraph.   We have separated these sentences for you to assist you in your work of learning the language of the Framers.

Excerpts from Federalist No. 37

It is a misfortune, inseparable from human affairs, that public measures are rarely investigated with that spirit of moderationdef which is essential to a just estimate of their real tendency to advance or obstruct the public good; and that this spirit is more apt to be diminished than promoted, by those occasions which require an unusual exercise of it.

To those who have been led by experience to attend to this consideration, it could not appear surprising, that the act of the convention, which recommends so many important changes and innovations,def which may be viewed in so many lights and relations, and which touches the springs of  so many passions and interests, should find or excite dispositionsdef unfriendly, both on one side and on the other, to a fair discussion  and accurate judgment of its merits.

In some, it has been too evident from their own publications, that they have scanned the proposed Constitution, not only with a predispositiondef to censure, but with a predeterminationdef to condemn; as the language held by others betrays an opposite predeterminationdef or bias, which must render their opinions also of little momentdef in the question.

The Constitution Society www.constitution.org has printed a *full text of Federalist No. 37 on their website.

– *Full Text of Federalist 37
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