This week is simple: In the first segment I give a quick update from the founders perspective on the Supreme Court Nomination and the hellacious noises from the Court steps to the main stream media. The last two segments are regarding ‘What’ Sam Adams had to say about voting and how we should vet candidates as well as develop future leaders through morality in education. He said this: “As Piety, Religion and Morality have a happy influence on the minds of men, in their public as well as private transactions, you will not think it unseasonable, although I have frequently done it, to bring to your remembrance the great importance of encouraging our University, town schools, and other seminaries of education, that our children and youth while they are engaged in the pursuit of useful science, may have their minds impressed with a strong sense of the duties they owe to their God, their instructors and each other, so that when they arrive to a state of manhood, and take a part in any public transactions, their hearts having been deeply impressed in the course of their education with the moral feelings—such feelings may continue and have their due weight through the whole of their future lives.”
References for today are the four volumes of Sam Adams writings:
This program is the continuation of the reality that you can be, no, you must be a Christian to be the correct type of activist against tyranny. Sam Adams again proves this reality in every aspect of his life. What summarizes how this was true for Sam is this comment by Rev. Thomas Thacher:
” If he preferred the mode of Divine worship in which he was born and ed ucated to other religious institutions of antiquity, or to other forms in which Christianity has appeared, it was not from the prejudices of education, or mere mechanical habit ; but because he conceived our churches, when confined to their original design, were excellent schools of morality ; that they were adapted to promote the future happiness of mankind ; and because by experience he had known them a powerful auxiliary in defending the civil as well as the religious privileges of America.’In this mode of thinking he was instituted. The purity of his life witnessed the sincerity of his profession, and with the same faith he expired.”
The following was written of Adams in The Congregational Quarterly Vol XI:
As the State and the country emerged from the war, there was a strong tendency to depart from that piety, simplicity, and. frugality which had hitherto been dominant, and which such pure-minded patriots as Adams regarded as the basis of the whole structure of liberty. “At a time,”says Edward Everett, ” when the new order of things was inducing laxity of manners, and a departure from the ancient strictness, Samuel Adams clung with greater tenacity to the wholesome discipline of the fathers.” Even before the close of the war he raised his voice and used his pen against the insidious encroachments of extravagance and a lower tone of morals. Immediately after the inauguration of the State government, when Han cock was elected governor, Boston was gay with balls and glittering entertainments. Hancock had wealth, and loved display, and recklessly led the people in a dangerous path, and an era of moral and spiritual social degeneracy was initiated. Adams’s views on these points give a clear insight into the ruling principles of his life, and they are not inappropriate to our own times. He says:—
” Does it become us to lead the people to such public diversions as promote superfluity of dress and ornament, when it is as much as they can bear to support the expense of clothing a naked army ? Will vanity and levity ever be the stability of government either in states or in cities, or what let me hint to you is of the last importance, in families ? . . . . How fruitless is it to recommend the adapting the laws in the most perfect manner possible to the suppression of idleness, dissipation, and extravagancy, if such recommendations are counteracted by the example of men of religious influence and public station?”
This program hosted at www.lwrn.net is a continuation of last week.
We are continuing the discussion regarding the historical rational for the Senate. How the views seem prophetic when we hear the arguments of not only those in 1787 Convention, and, particularly those of the Anti-Federalist regarding what the Senate could or would become.
Those comments seem to be the present reality, today, of what the Senate is.
All audios below are in radio programs segment order:
The Anti-federalist view of the Senate – Segment 1
The Anti-federalist view of the Senate – Segment 2
The Anti-federalist view of the Senate – Segment 3
In this program on www.lwrn.net, Tom gets to the historical arguments and gestation of the Senate as a part of the Constitution. He speaks in high speed with almost no breathing to get this highly information packed topic into the 45 minutes of radio time.
Tom takes us back as far as the Magna Charta through the time of the Convention of 1787 and some of the ratification debates within the States.
To take it all in, you’ll have to catch this more than once with the no-breath high speed talking.
All audios below are in radio programs segment order:
History of the Gestation of the Senate – Segment 1
History of the Gestation of the Senate – Segment 2
History of the Gestation of the Senate – Segment 3
Sam discusses what he wrote after the ratification of the Article of Confederation regarding Voting, Voter integrity, the Responsibility of the Elected to the Citizenry and a few words about Candidate Vetting.