Eagle Scout® Competition
The Competition is structured around two short essays (500 word maximum) related to the Constitution and the Founding Principles. The questions are:
James Madison, often referred to as the Father of the Constitution, said in Federalist 51 that:
“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.”
Read the US Constitution and find 2 examples of “controls on government”. Explain why these specific controls are important and their relevance today.
Consider the following quote – “The First Amendment is dramatically inconvenient. It requires us to tolerate the very bad in order to protect the unpopular but good.” Do you agree or disagree? Defend your argument using examples.