A Study of the United States Constitution and the Federalist Papers
With an Analysis of Twenty-First Century Issues and the Constitution
by James B. Plair, Sr. Lt. Col. USA-Ret.
If it be asked, "What is the most sacred duty and the greatest source of our society in a republic?" The answer would be, "An inviolable respect for the constitution and laws---the first growing out of the last. A scared respect for the constitutional law is the vital principal, the sustaining being the energy of a free government" (Alexander Hamilton, essay in "The American Daily Advertiser," August 28, 1794).
In his book, the author hopes to guide you through an understanding of what the 1787 Constitution means to us in the twenty-first century. The author is not a historian, not an attorney, and not a politician. He is a self-taught student of the Revolutionary War period, the thoughts and lives of the Founding Fathers, and in the Constitution of the United States. This learning process began in the early 1960s when he first discovered the amazing document that "We the People" through their delegates at the 1787 Constitutional Convention was ratified by the first thirteen original states.
Our first president under the new Constitution of 1787, George Washington, said it best in a letter written to the Boston Selectmen, July 28, 1795: "The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon."