A future-proofed US
Constitution by Steve Payne
says: what if the foresight of two lesser known Founding Fathers,
Patrick Henry and George Clinton had prevented the American Civil War?
Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily
reflect the views of the author(s).
In 1787: on September 17th,
on this day the foundation and source of the legal authority underlying the
existence of both the Union and the federal government was adopted by the
Constitutional Convention and later ratified at a local level in the name of
"We, the States".
The leader of the Virginia delegatation, Patrick Henry
had originally refused to attend the Federal Convention, planning to use the
power of his rhetoric to defeat the Constitution when it was later presented
at the State Ratifying Convention. Persuaded to attend, he convinced the
other delegates that the draft preamble smacked of consolidated government
rather than confederation. In his view, "We, the People" was both improper
and illegal because "the people had no right to enter into leagues,
alliances or confederations. States and foreign powers are the only proper
agents for his kind of government".
Evidence of the success of Henry's gambit soon followed. The Governor of New
York, George Clinton issued a "Neutrality
Proclamation" after President George Washington had done so at a federal
level. And the heads of both Clinton and Henry' would be sculptured at Mount
Rushmore, symbolizing their critical involvement in the protection of States
Rights at the birth of the Republic.
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author's genius © The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers by
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