My AP Government teacher assigned to read Federalist No. 70 for homework tonight, and if I have to be honest, looking at it, it seemed as if it was a diatribe written by a man that hid his identity behind the comfort of a printing press.
As I read into it and as I read section 12 of the paper, something stood out to me. Alexander Hamilton wrote, "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". How ironic is it that Hamilton predicted a problem that we are still having 250 years after he sat down to write his paper.
We live in a time in America where we are facing the reality of losing our stance on the world stage, seeing massive amounts of fluctuations in climate, and we stand in a time where we feel the sense of revolution in the air. The only problem is, on Capitol Hill we have a divided government that instead of coming together in order to listen to the things we as Americans have to say, they would rather point fingers and throw away one another's bills. How are we to stand here and preach our president's MAGA philosophy if we are not able to create a space where we can have dialogue and listen to one another? Have we lost all sense of understanding? Have we lost all sense of respect?
The truth is that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. But that only means that it is our time, the generation that is in school right now, and is assigned these "founding documents" that a for-profit organization slapped into a book, to take a deeper meaning into the words of our ancestors; helping to build a space where after 250 years we not only have innovation in technology, but we also have innovation in the way we work in a bipartisan manner. Bipartisanship is something that most of our politicians will squirm at, as it means that they have to shake hands with someone who they would rather Tweet about. The truth is, we preach in our schools and to children that they have to share their toys and play fair. But is it sharing and playing fair when you turn your back on the American people just because of your human nature?
Not that I endorse any candidate officially yet for the 2020 election, but we have seen candidates like South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg comment on the lack of bipartisanship in DC and how it all basically became a show. If Kevin Spacy wouldn't have been convicted for the things he did, House Of Cards would have simply died as now people can turn on the TV and see the exact same plotline on the news.
Another thing is in section 15 of Federalist No. 70, as Hamilton writes that "It often becomes impossible, amidst mutual accusations, to determine on whom the blame or the punishment of a pernicious measure...that the public opinion is often left in suspense about the real author. The circumstances which may have led to any national miscarraige or misfortune are sometimes so complicated that, where there are often a number of actors who may have had different degrees and kinds of agency, though we may clearly see upon the whole that there has been mismanagement."
Does that not remind you of what is going on with the Mueller report right now? We can see as a whole that something happened and that for sure one of Putin's puppets (I know that after saying that I can never go to Moscow) had some sort of influence in the 2016 election. But when you get nitty gritty the whole thing not only gets complicated, IT HAS HOLES that can only have been left there by the works of a well trained KGB officer.
But see, America isn't the only country with issues when it comes to working together for the common good. I mean, look at our old friend England, the laughing stock of Europe. England has brought us some of the most well-managed aspects of culture, literature, and the English language itself. But recently members of England's government have refused to work together in any way to manage the issue that Breixt has become. So really, the world deals with these issues.
I call upon us, the generation that is sitting at their desks and reading the books, in order to practice our checks and balances. We need to have our voices heard, and our job right now is to educate ourselves in a way so that we don't repeat the mistakes of the past, and so that we can correct the mistakes of today. So have your voices be heard.