Elections and Voting Integrity is on the minds of many. We have seen a resurgence in the number of citizens interested in voting since a Peoples Presidential candidate ran in 2016 and is now again in office. The question on the minds of many is: What will Voting Integrity be in this 2020 election cycle?
Once again I cal only say that there is ‘nothing new under the sun.’ Yes, Sam Adams spoke directly to this in three key documents that I am re-sharing this week. I am giving you the ‘Link to the Script’ for this program that includes an article from ‘April 16th after the Ratification of the Articles of Confederation.’ ‘a letter written to the Massachusetts State Legislature’ and an ‘Article in the Boston Gazette in 1781.’Continue reading →
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My apologies for having to rerun “Virtue of the Elected and Sam Adams on Voting.” In fact, I had a fabulous guest phone interview that I promised you last week. Joan Swirsky is a delight to converse with. Well, I created a Blooper by not having one of the cables on the mixer in the wrong place. Hence, we had a great interview and although the meter on the recording device showed I was getting her side of the conversation, well it was not enough for even the best software to boost the volume.
Joan is kind enough to agree on a re-interview for next week. In fact, there is so much to talk to Joan about that I intend to invite her on again sometime this summer as well.
Control over elections and the potential for a Lost Vote was predicted in 1787 and 1788. The Anti-federalists argued that Article 1 Section 4 would at some point impact the core right of voting and become corrupted.
This Lost Vote is the essence of the program.
Oh, the last reference is a late add that did not go out in the Newsletter nor spoken of on the program. Yes a Governor dictates how his State can and will worship of suffer the consequences.Continue reading →
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We do have an Ageless Constitution that is most pertinent to the present. It is timeless in Principles. A most Critical discussion during the 1787 debates was and continues to be on Voting.
What does ‘Suffrage’ mean? How do we maintain the equity in Voting? And is our Constitution Timeless – Ageless?
I discuss all of these questions on this program. The concept of ‘Suffrage’ was heavily debated and James Madison is our primary arbiter in this discussion. It is critical to hear what Mason has to say to understand how important the right to vote is and that we need moral and virtuous Citizens that can develop into moral and virtuous elected representatives.
With that said: The mirrors of history come to reflective reality here on Samuel Adams Returns.
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:
On this broadcast of Samuel Adams Returns – The Anti-federalist Got It Right, ( www.lwrn.net ) I discuss the underlying principles that has brought me on the journey of why Samuel Adams needs to Return. In the third segment I was compelled to mention something about the recent Mid-term elections. Regarding these elections, I thought it important to review what George Washington said in his Farewell Address. As promised in that segment, here a link to the Farewell Address and the ability to download it from here as well.
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
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.