Why I Chose the Pseudonym 'Publius'

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Why I Chose the Pseudonym 'Publius'

December 13, 2016 - 08:28
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Here at the all new CouleeConservatives.com, the executives have decided that the majority of our content will be published anonymously and that all of the authors must choose a pseudonym. They also gave us our first writing assignment: choose your pseudonym and explain why you made your choice.

I have chosen to publish under the name 'Publius.' For those of you who are familiar with the history of the United States Constitution you will recognize this name immediately. Following is a short refresher for those who may not be as familiar with that remarkable time in our nation's history.

After our Founding Fathers won the war against the English they had to come up with a way of organizing our fledgling nation. How would our laws be created? How would they be enforced? How would our economy work? How would someone from South Carolina pay for goods while traveling to New York? These are the little details that many of us take for granted but that our Founders had to deal with in a practical manner otherwise the nation's differing cultures/states would split off into their own nation-states.

After the limitations of the Articles of Confederation were realized, the Founders formed the Constitutional Convention and drafted their new proposal for organizing the states into a federal system that would respect each state's sovereignty while unifying the nation at the same time. This approach was not received without criticism.

New York's governor, George Clinton, was a major critic of the Constitution and preferred that the states remain sovereign with no federal government. In order to promote the idea of the Constitution, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay penned a series of opinion letters that they sent to the New York newspapers to argue for passage. These 85 newspaper articles were all penned under the name 'Publius' and eventually put into book form entitled, "The Federalist Papers."

I have chosen to continue their work of explaining and teaching about the United States Constitution from the perspective of someone at the top of the American political organization structure: We The People.

I look forward to serving you in this capacity and I want to thank you in advance for all of your feedback to my articles. Together we can teach each other and our posterity about the marvels of the United States Constitution and the people who invented it.

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That's a cool name. Thanks for the background so I can study the history myself.

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