I love the fact that my students were able to grasp these two essays because they are smart and now, well educated. Who knew. I thought I would quote from Federalist 51, my favorite of all the essays, in this post.
Oddly enough, the students were very interested in this passage as proof that our government needs to be vigilantly tended to at all times. These students, my students, will be vigilant about government because they are critical thinkers and they care about their future. Here is the passage they picked to be on this blog:
But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government.
I love being a teacher and at times like this I am amazed at the intelligence of my students. I think we'll be in good hands if the colleges they attend don't screw them up.