Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Federalist 51 and Madison

In the Federalist paper #51 Madison shares his views, as well as most of the government's views on checks and balences. Federalist 51 addresses ways by which appropriate checks and balances can be created in government and also advocates a separation of powers within the national government. Madison was a believer in this idea (mostly because it was written by him). Madison believes that in order for there to be a free country, the government needs to be extremly focused on every part of the government (including checks and balences). Madison believed that in a republican government, the legislative branch was the strongest and the way america should decide on checks and balences was to split up the legislative branch into little branches, letting each of mini-branches a chance to focus all their energy on the making of checks and balances.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Being An American Citizen Essay

To be an American citizen, to me, is not only to follow the law but also to help the society in any way possible, to be proud of their citizenship and to help anyone in need.
One of the most important documents to consider in being an American citizen is the bill of rights. This document shows the American people what their rights are and also protects them. The Bill of Rights gives the American Citizens freedom of speech, freedom to bear arms and many more. One of the most important rights that it gives the American Citizens is: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures. I believe this is the most important right because it provides privacy for any American citizen. For me, privacy is one of the biggest gifts I could have gotten from the Bill of Rights.
A character in history who I believed has embodied these values is Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was one of America’s greatest presidents. He showed care and compassion to everyone in the states, including the slaves. Although some people did not like what President Lincoln did for America while he was alive, he provided leadership that was extremely important during that period of time.
I have put these believes to use by working in an orphanage in Peru and helping the children who have nothing. I have also participated in many charities that help the homeless and the people less fortunate. I obey the laws and protect my rights especially when writing for the school newspaper. Being an American Citizen is something I am defiantly proud of and hopefully, I represent America well.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Youtube Amendments

The haymarket strikes:
When workers at a factory wanted more hours (8)they held a strike in haymarket square. When the police came they started attacking the striking workers. The workers took the guns and shot at the police.

Is Voting the basis of citizenship?
Although voting in America is important in America i believe that it is not the basis of citizenship. Being a citizen is more about living in America and having a job. Being able to vote is a privilege not a basis.

I Have a Dream:
The famous speech spoken by Martin Luther King Jr. was spoken in order to gain racial equality and to end all the discrimination. The speech was spoken on the steps of the Lincoln memorial and was spoken with anger and faith. This speech changed the country forever. "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

Monday, October 12, 2009

Common Sense - Thomas Paine

For part of this assignment we were supposed to write about the discussion we had in class but i was not in class that day due to a journalism trip.
Thomas Paine was the writer of this piece and his ideas are embedded into it. Paine believed in American independence and believe that America did not need Britain's help. In "Common Sense" Paine challenges the British Government. Paine also expresses his opinions about how government is made. Paine uses a different type of writing to gather the attention of his readers. For instance Paine says "Time makes more converts than reason." By this Paine is saying that in order to have the Americans change their opinion on America's independence we should not try and force the idea on them but let time go by and let them see for themselves that Britain's way of government is the wrong way. Paine also believes that if you took a group and put them on an island without any means of government, and form of government would come to be and the group on the island would survive because of that government. Saying this interesting example of a group on an island also leds to the next interesting idea that Paine uses:
"MANKIND being originally equals in the order of creation, the equality could only be destroyed by some subsequent circumstance: the distinctions of rich and poor may in a great measure be accounted for, and that without having recourse to the harsh ill-sounding names of oppression and avarice. Oppression is often the CONSEQUENCE, but seldom or never the MEANS of riches; and tho' avarice will preserve a man from being necessitously poor, it generally makes him too timorous to be wealthy"
This is saying that all humans, whether rich or poor, skin color and religion, are equal and the British system ruins that idea. He says that "and tho' avarice will preserve a man from being necessitously poor it generally makes him too timorous to be wealthy." this means that a man works in order to keep himself and his family alive but this does not make him rich. There are classes and statuses in the British government and there shouldn't be one in the new American system.
I believe that Thomas Paine was extremely smart and had a perfect view on the American Independence and I believe that without this writing it would have taken America twice as long to gain their independence from Britain.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Declaration of Indepence vs John Locke

In the declaration of independence there is a lot that consists with what john locke is saying. When, in the declaration of independence, it says “we hold these truths to be self-evident: That men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation of such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.” It is saying almost word for word what John Locke thinks about the law of nature. Locke believes that a man has the right to his own personal properties and if one doesn’t like how they are being governed they should abolish it and find a new way of governing.
I believe that Jefferson did either read or know about what John Locke was saying and completely agreed with it. He makes more references further on in the Declaration of Independence. I am completely for the declaration of independence and I think that it was made and signed at the right time in history too. I believe that it was a huge risk writing and signing this but I believe it was a risk that needed to be taken. John Locke has obviously inspired some of the writing in here and that Jefferson agreed with him

John locke and his Second Treatise, of civil government

In John Locke's A Second Treatise, of Civil Government, he explains his opinion on the american government and a man's right. In the second paragraph Locke says
"Born to all the same advandtages of Nature, and the use of the same faculties, should also be equal one amongst another, with out subordinatuin or subjection, unless the lord and master of them all should, by any manifest decleration of his will, set one about another and confer on him, by an evident and clear appointment an undoubted night to dominion and sovereignty..."
I agree with this statement, i believe that all men and women are born equal and should be treated as such. I believe that when a child is born they are not born into the class of their parents like they were when slaves were around.
Later on in his treatise Locke says "The State of Nature has a law of nature to govern it, which obliges everyone, and reason, which is that law, teachesall mankinda who will but consult it, that being all equal and independant, no one ought to harm his life, healther, liberty or possesions" I also agree with this because it says that no man should be 1. treated differently and 2. has rights that their possesions are theirs and no one has the right to harm that. Locke talks about the law of nature which explains the rights of mankind and a main law that we should follow.
"All men may be restrained from invading other's rights and from doing hurt to one another..." This backs up the point that we need law and we need order in order for a civilization and a comunity to succede.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


hello all.