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Had a blast Friday.  Great conversation.  Decent grub.  As discussed, the August meeting will be focused on the particulars of the state administered healthcare legislation.  I need help from those out there who know of good resources that we might read the information as first hand, as possible.  Summary form is preferred, but we are definitely not looking just for an op-ed piece.  The next meeting will be the 18th or 19th of August.  Make sure I know if one works better than the other.

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With questions of Constitutionality abound (Immigration, Health Insurance, Marriage, etc), The Longwood Institute thought it helpful to revisit the words of the Founding Fathers themselves to decipher the intent of The Constitution that was created.

Therefore, the July meeting will cover the Federalist and anti-Federalist papers.  The good news is, you should already have the book.  The bad news is the writings are long, laborious, and often repetitive.  In order to alleviate drudging through on an individual basis, I thought it helpful to allow people to sign up in the comments section on which section they might like to be responsible for relaying to the rest of the group.  The Sections are divided as such:

Federalist Papers 1-22

Federalist Papers 23-55

Federalist Papers 56-85

Anti-Federalist 1-22

Anti-Federalist 23-55

Anti Federalist 56-85

This means we will need to have six people in attendance who have READ the material.  Please sign up in the comments section for your assigned reading.  Also, since attendance will be key for a fruitful discussion, please indicate which 2 of these specific dates you can make it and any dates you absolutely CANNOT make it ( I hope to have a grillfest at this meeting to celebrate our Independence and the 3 year anniversary of the Longwood Institute).  I will try to post the meeting date as quickly as possible so you can book it on your busy calendars.

July 20, 21, 22

July 27, 28, 29

Thanks for all you do to promote Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

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Fellow appreciators of what is left of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness:

Just a friendly reminder that we will gather at the Institute this upcoming Friday, June 22nd at 6:30pm to discuss City of God.  The Penguin Classic Version I am digesting is a monster of awesomeness.  I also challenge the potential naysayers out in the interweb who may feel this is too much of an overtly “religious book” to read it and enjoy the classical philosophy held within.  Let me know as soon as possible if you can come for food preparations.  I hope to have an overwhelming crowd to discuss, whether the attendees have read the book or not.

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Thanks to all those able to attend yesterday.  Good food, good beer, and great (brief) discussion.  It was great to have some new blood as well. 

As we discussed the next book on the docket is The Devil We Know.  Jacob Kurtz has been kind enough to offer to host and cook for us.  Preliminary weekends are the weekend of April 13th and April 27th.  Let us know dates and times you have available, and we can try to accomodate as much as possible.

Also, feel free to email me essays, discussion questions, supplemental reading materials, and articles.  I wish I could spend more time posting stuff, but I am happy to put up on the website material you all send.  Until next time, do all you can to promote and protect Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

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Saturday

The tour of Knoxville will begin at 1pm at the Knoxville Historical Society.  Mr. Albers is meeting Jacob and any other takers for lunch at the DGB prior to the tour and will make himself available for a wrap up session and discussion of our book Tennessee History: The Land, The People, and The Culture after the tour, as well.  Hope to see you all there.

With all of the recent developments in regards to marriage, Obamacare, and the debt, it is important to remember why we started meeting in the first place.  We wished to educate ourselves on the God-given Rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness in order to better articulate the defense of those Rights when we encounter, friends, family, and neighbors.   While not wishing to sound alarmist, it is important to increase these internal and external educational efforts as our current government seems to ignore, disregard, and/or seek to take these Rights away.

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Confirmed date FEBRUARY 18TH at 1:00 PM.  The Knoxville Historical Society at the corner of Clinch and Gay Street.
601 S Gay St Knoxville, TN 37902-1604
(865) 215-8830
There should be free parking as it is the weekend.
BOOKS for Reading:

1:  Tennessee during the Revolutionary War [Hardcover] http://www.amazon.com/Tennessee-during-Revolutionary-Samuel-Williams/dp/0870491555

2:  Tennessee: A Short History     Stanly Folmsbee

http://www.amazon.com/Tennessee-Short-History-Stanley-Folmsbee/dp/B000PFQH52

 

 Please review both books and let me know which you prefer as quickly as possible.  There seem to be a couple other possibilities on Amazon too.  Need feedback!  Comment today!

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We will gather this Friday evening at the home of The Longwood Institute.  To view the recommended documentaries on The Federal Reserve.  Feel free to stop by anytime after 6pm.  Dinner and the Documentaries will begin at 7pm.  Please let me know asap if you will be able to attend.  Hope to see you all here.

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