The Federalist Papers were a series of essays written between 1787 and 1788 by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay. Published in various New York newspapers, these essays were intended to persuade voters to ratify the newly conceived Constitution, as well as promote the merits of this new form of government.
The following is how these essays might have been presented had the internet existed in the 1700s…
May 28, 1788
Should There Be a Bill of Rights?
Posted by AHamiltonRocks537 at 8:05 AM
Hi, all! I just got back from Weehawken, New Jersey (what a dump!) where I challenged a scoundrel named Harrison to a duel over a disagreement on economics. The outcome? Harrison was about as good a shot as he was an economist. I am the duel master! Honestly, I don’t see how I could ever lose at these things.
Anyhoo, I wanted to post the latest development regarding the new Constitution. Although it is a vast improvement over the Articles of Confederation, there are still some delegates who incessantly want to keep tinkering with it. I won’t name any names, but this person (whose name rhymes with “Mames Jadison”) has suggested that the Constitution should include a so-called “bill of rights” that would limit the government’s control over its citizens. This bill would include such rights as a free press, gun ownership, and due process, among others.
Personally I think this is overkill, and another example of Maddy trying to one-up everyone. I also believe that the inclusion of such a bill would be dangerous, as it would imply that any right NOT mentioned is now fair game for government control.
What do you think? Feel free to post your comments below. Also I’ll soon be posting a video of my duel in Jersey just as soon as I can get my OS to stop crashing. (I know, I should have stayed with Colonial Edition.)