Class Warfare Blog

September 21, 2013

Just Stop with the Founding Fathers

Idiot politician after idiot politician keeps claiming that the “Founding Fathers thought it so important that they embodied my issue in the Constitution” and then go on to point to an Amendment to the Constitution!

If the Founding Fathers though your stupid issue was so important, why did the Constitution have to be amended to get it included. What you really want to say is the “Framers of the Constitution left out my issue, but we eventually got an amendment to get it in. I guess they either thought it wasn’t important enough to write it into the original document or they didn’t have the votes to get it approved.”

Get it right, for Pete’s sake, children are listening.

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3 Comments »

  1. There were definitely some things that the founding fathers got right:
    1. None of them carried around Bibles.
    2. They didn’t feel the need to use imaginary deities to justify what they were doing. In fact, the ones invoking God were on the other side, saying that kings were installed by God to rule over their subjects.
    3. They didn’t think they were perfect; so they made sure that the constitution had clear-cut ways of being amended.
    4. They put into some of the earliest amendments rights to privacy and due process that are now being ignored by all branches if government.

    They got some stuff very, very wrong: slavery for sure. It took a great civil war to fix that wrong; yet the heirs of the formet slaveholders managed to keep blacks in the South in a state much like slavery, called “Jim Crow”, for about another nine decades. 😦

    Comment by gfbrandenburg — September 21, 2013 @ 5:31 pm | Reply

    • The drafters of the Constitution left out the entire Bill of Rights. It was only due to the actions of James Madison and a number of others that they got added. What the framers did right is that they knew they couldn’t predict what the future would bring, so they allowed for an amendment process.

      The Bill of Rights were ten things the framers did *not* think needed to be in the Constitution and I am glad they were overruled on that. (And I agree with your points above.)

      Comment by stephenpruis — September 21, 2013 @ 7:37 pm | Reply

  2. You are right on one point. The framers of the Constitution were not some homologous, nameless group that always agreed. The Constitution took years of debating to get written down and the whole process was almost derailed a few times because of serious differences of opinion. And even after it was drafted, ratification was as difficult a process as can be seen by reading The Federalist papers and The Anti-Federalist papers. The Bill of Rights was no afterthought though. Those amendments were put in as a result of debates during the meetings of the Continental Congress that carried over into the ratification debates, as guarantees of the rights of the people and further protection against government abuses.

    I find that most politicians today, cherry pick certain phrases uttered or written by certain framers, and use them out of context to justify their particular position. That in no way is a negative reflection upon the framers though.

    Comment by allenwd1 — September 29, 2013 @ 3:01 pm | Reply


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