What’s in a Number? Part Two
[Author’s note: I had some technical difficulties yesterday and was unable to get this post up on the web. If all goes well I will get part three up today as well.]
As I said in my previous essay [www.4one8.org, “What’s In A Number? Part One”], the 418 in my signature (and also the web address of this blog) has multiple meanings. It is representative of a date. It can be broken down into different letters. It honors one of the most influential and brilliant founding fathers. It even holds a historical and prospective meaning. This second article in the “What’s In A Number” series explains the first three interpretations of the “418.”
April (4th month if y’all didn’t pick up on that) 18th (of 1775, incidentally) is the date of Paul Revere’s ride. That is a huge moment in American history for me. It is the prime example of how the common citizen stood up as one man against an overwhelming force to speak out and warn his neighbors of impending danger. Thus, 418 stands for the date of 4/18/1775.
The number 418 is also symbolic of two letters: “D” and “R.” In this case, it stands for “Defend the Republic.” Our great nation was formed as a Republic, and we must stand to defend it at all costs. I took an oath in both the military and law enforcement to defend my Constitution and nation from enemies both foreign and domestic. If our Republic falls, our nation falls either into oblivion or into a dark time of dictatorship. Here, the “418” stands for two words beginning with the fourth and eighteenth letters of the alphabet: Defend [the] Republic.
The fourth founding father to rule over this great nation in its early years was James Madison. Madison – often referred to as “The Father of the Constitution” – was the heart and soul behind the creation of our most sacred document. His theories on the government were critical to the creation of a strong foundation of the republic. Madison was a supporter of American expansionism and an early proponent of American Exceptionalism. These concepts supported the dire need for the nation to expand not just for logistic and population needs, but also to help spread the ideals of the republic to all corners of the continent. These strategies paved the way for our annexation of much of the land west of the Mississippi River. Indeed, this mindset permeated American history for generations, and to an extent still does today. This can be seen as evident in our strong national desire to spread liberty to all nations.
Madison was an author of the Federalist Papers. Though he began his political career believing in a stronger federal government, he later evolved into a mindset of balance between a strong (though limited) federal government and a strong state government. He is one of the greatest of our founding fathers, and his theories and ideas are at the very core what drives me to compose my thoughts for the world to read. It has been stated by some historians that “If the pen is mightier than the sword, DC should be named Madison DC instead of Washington DC. In this meaning, “418” pays tribute to our Fourth Ruler (4 = Fourth; 18 = The letter R, which in turn stands for the word Ruler), President James Madison.
Please pardon the brevity of this essay. I believe that it best serves my purpose of explanation to use short and simple explanations. In the next article in this series, however, prepare for more depth and MUCH deeper meanings of the “418”. I’d even come prepared for a history lesson. As Edmund Burke once said, “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”
Defensor Patriae, Defensor re Publica
- James Madison Anticipates the Possibility of Government Shutdown – and Predicts that the House of Representatives Can and Should Prevail (volokh.com)
- Our Founding Fathers Never Imagined Congress Would Behave This Badly (bigthink.com)