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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Letter: The wisdom of Hamilton

  • I attended my first senate staffer meeting at Lansing Community Center.
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  • To the editor:
    I attended my first senate staffer meeting at Lansing Community Center. About a dozen of us constituents were there between 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The staffer was an amiable, professional young lady who began the meeting with general questions then individuals could bring concerns to her desk at the front. I had two general areas: filibusters and Obamacare. I know facts and figures have little relevance in emotionally charged opinions.
    However, I would like to raise the specter of a founding father. Alexander Hamilton in Federalist #70 unearthed wisdom when talking about a necessity for a vigorous executive, a single rather than plural accountable body. Part 70.12 noted: "Men often oppose a thing, merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike. But if they have been consulted, and have happened to disapprove, opposition then becomes, in their estimation, an indispensable duty of self-love. They seem to think themselves bound in honor, and by all the motives of personal infallibility, to defeat the success of what has been resolved upon contrary to their sentiments.
    Men of upright, benevolent tempers have too many opportunities of remarking, with horror, to what desperate lengths this disposition is sometimes carried, and how often the great interests of society are sacrificed to the vanity, to the conceit, and to the obstinacy of individuals, who have credit enough to make their passions and their caprices interesting to mankind." This is what the filibusters are and they block essential debate and majority rule which our forefathers professed to be arbiter of differences e.g.10.13, 10.17. The second issue is stated in 70.13: "When a resolution too is once taken, the opposition must be at an end. That resolution is a law, and resistance to it punishable." So many times have Tea Party/GOP raised a huzza to the words of our forefathers. But apparently, only when it agrees with them. Senator Cruz and Sen. Moran with his endorsement of the defunding of this law is evidence of ignorance and ignoble undermining of the way our government and the way our forefathers ingeniously devised it to work.

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