Reaction Paper #1: Federalist Paper No. 10
For many years, historians have been trying to determine if the past truly does repeat itself. While no two events can be exactly the same, there are some similarities between the problems of Americans today and Americans two hundred years ago. In “Federalist Paper No. 10,” James Madison writes a letter addressed to the people of New York. He explains the absolute necessity of the ratification of the Constitution of the United States throughout the letter, and he explains that a democracy in which the majority rules would be unjust. In this essay, James Madison speaks to current issues facing our federal system of government such as the issues of gun control and the democratic socialism controversy concerning Senator Bernie Sanders.
For years, the lack of limitations on the usage of guns has been under scrutiny in the United States. It appears that gun violence is becoming more and more common as time goes on, and many are upset about the lack of national intervention. This is a controversial topic because the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution states that every citizen legally has the right to bear arms. In “Federalist Paper No. 10,” Madison speaks to the issue of opposing factions and states that multiple factions will be fairer in regulating national policies. This holds true today because the majority has been prevented from taking the right to bear arms away completely, and now many government officials are trying to find middle ground on the issue.
Senator Bernie Sanders is a self-described democratic socialist, and he shocked many when he announced his plans for his term if elected into office. He plans to provide free college and healthcare to all, but these promises have left many questioning where he is going to take all of this money from. He essentially plans to take it from the extremely rich and us it to help support the poor. While the majority might be completely fine with this, the...