A Literary Classic Worthy Of Mention – In the Days of the Continental Congress

Well, when it comes to classic literature, one might consider the US Constitution, why you ask? Simple, you see classic literature gives us much insight into the human endeavor, philosophy we can use in our own lives. Can you think of anything more fitting in that regard than the United States Constitution, not only can it affect our personal belief systems as all good literature does, but it has changed the lives of people world-wide. In fact, the world will never be the same again – thankfully. Okay so let’s talk shall we?

The other day, I was listening to a very interesting audio book, along with the actual text. This is one I’d recommend to all homeschooling parents, and as a refresher to all your adult voters out there who think you know all about our freedoms and liberties in this great nation. This is part of a series I do own personally and it sits on the first shelf of my personal library, I highly recommend it to you and your family. The name of the book is;

“The Text of the Constitution” narrated by Walter Cronkite, Knowledge Products, Nashville TN, 1987, ISBN: 0-938935-83-6.

First, the narrator, Walter Cronkite helps the books and audio book come alive as his voice is perfect for the part in fact. This book explains how the Philadelphia Convention delegates worked to solidify the text, and why the peculiar institution of slavery ever even made it into the document, obviously in hindsight, it was a dishonorable thing to do. The text also goes into the name calling, and arguments, along with the statesmanship and eloquent speeches made by all of the founding fathers. We are reminded how mistakes made in its preparation paved the way to our bloody Civil War.

James Madison’s speeches and notes are well presented, and it is amazing to learn the reach of power over the states, but the demand to allow the states complete sovereignty. Another rather challenging dilemma, but abundantly necessary, as the protected state’s rights and strong central power were to offer yet another layer of checks to absolute power.

Perhaps the most intriguing part of the book were all the debates back and forth over how to prevent one branch of government from attaining too much power over another, or how to prevent two from over powering the third, all in the name of preventing the fledgling country from repeating the failures of governments, kings, and tyrants of past periods. You will enjoy this classic book in this classic series read by Cronkite.

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The Prince – A Literary Classic

One of the most quoted books of all times is “The Prince” by Nicola Machiavelli. Often it is misquoted and many times when people hear that name or the title of the book, they cringe, but they shouldn’t. In fact, the author wrote the book out of pure observation and history of the time.

Thus, it should not be considered either good or evil. Let me give you a for instance; Nicola Machiavelli advises that it is easier to lead and far less challenging when you are loved and respected, but a Prince cannot expect to be loved and respected forever, and therefore he proclaims that being feared and respected, which is generally the progression, is okay.

He does not advise to go out and purposely cause conflict in order to be feared, but that once in that position, a Prince can hold his kingdom using this secondary tactic. Still, he advises that if a Prince rules with an iron fist, he will eventually upset the kingdom and there will be those that plot his overthrow. He further tells suggests that if a Prince is to do a violent action, to do it swiftly and all at once, not little mean-spirited acts continuously.

Everyone should read the Prince and since it is a literary classic most people have, unfortunately, they are not reading it correctly or do not understand the intent behind this great work, for if they did, they would surely not bad mouth it in the way they do or cringe when others quote advise from this book. So, I recommend that you read the Prince or re-read it as the case may be and when you do consider what I have said here today.

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