Federalist 25 – Hamilton

I don’t do New Year’s resolutions, but I am going to try to make it my mission to post more regularly in general, but also to get through the Federalist Papers in a timelier manner, otherwise this series of posts will have occupied more time than the actual writing of the papers.

Anyway, with Federalist 25, Hamilton returns to the topic of national defense.  Previously he argued that the federal government was the proper place for the power of defense to be lodged.  In so doing, he rejects the idea that the states could handle this important duty.

It may perhaps be urged that the objects enumerated in the preceding number ought to be provided for by the State governments, under the direction of the Union. But this would be, in reality, an inversion of the primary principle of our political association, as it would in practice transfer the care of the common defense from the federal head to the individual members: a project oppressive to some States, dangerous to all, and baneful to the Confederacy. (more…)

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Napoleon and Christ




I believe one of my blogging colleagues is hard at work on a post regarding Napoleon and America.  The shadow of the Little Corporal loomed large over America in life, and his impact on American miltary strategy continued long after his death.  However, this post will deal with Napoleon and the only historical figure I believe to have more books written about Him than Corsica’s favorite son, Jesus Christ.

Napoleon purportedly made some remarkable statements about Christ while he was imprisoned on Saint Helena. This one was supposedly made to General Bertrand: “ Such is the fate of great men ! So it was with Caesar and Alexander. And I, too, am forgotten. And the name of a conqueror and an emperor is a college theme! Our exploits are tasks given to pupils by their tutor, who sit in judgment upon us, awarding censure or praise. And mark what is soon to become of me! Assassinated by the English oligarchy, I die before my time ; and my dead body, too, must return to the earth, to become food for worms. Behold the destiny, near at hand, of him who has been called the great Napoleon! What an abyss between my deep misery and the eternal reign of Christ, which is proclaimed, loved, adored, and which is extending over all the earth! Is this to die? Is it not rather to live? The death of Christ! It is the death of God.” For a moment the Emperor was silent. As General Bertrand made no reply, he solemnly added,  “If you do not perceive that Jesus Christ is God, very well, then I did wrong to make you a general.” (more…)

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