Today in History, October 27, 1787:
The first of 85 Federalist Papers are published in New York’s Independent Journal.
A collaboration between Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay, published under the name “Publius”, the Papers used eloquence and remarkable examples from the history of governments, ancient and modern at that point to advocate the ratification of the new Constitution recently approved by a constitutional convention.
They were selling an idea abhorrent to most Americans who had just won a hard fought battle for independence – a strong central government.
If you are into that sort of thing, they are worth reading. You will find examples of the genius of our government and of how our government has been changed from the vision of our founding fathers.
But for the most part, the well thought out form of government they designed has survived the ravages of time and the attempts of less ethical men to corrupt it.
Today in History, November 8, 1966:
A Hollywood actor and Screen Actor’s Guild President is elected for the first time to his first term as California Governor, defeating Democrat political veteran Governor Pat Brown (yes, Governor Jerry Brown’s father.)
On October 27, 1964 Ronald Reagan had given a speech entitled, “A Time for Choosing” while campaigning for failed Presidential candidate Barry Goldwater. That “moment in time” is referred to in political circles as “The Speech” because its dynamic message and Reagan’s powerful delivery, while it didn’t succeed for Goldwater, propelled former Democrat Reagan into a fireball career which would lead him not only to the Governorship, but to two terms as one of America’s most beloved and respected Presidents. He was so revered by the American people, that it is only natural for leftist to revile him. He is an excellent example of why you must watch closely for bias when researching individuals and events.
Here are a couple more versions of “The Speech”, one of it in its entirety if you are interested, and one which has been adapted to more modern events. I share this because that one speech echoed down through history for other events…including “I hear you! And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear from ALL of us soon!”