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Nobody Remembers—” A Defense of the Constitution”

Nobody Remembers

In honor of the Anniversary of the Constitution, I thought a few words from John Adams would be an appropriate mark for the day: (Of course…no favoritism here. (haha) John adams two

Not many people know that John Adams wrote the FIRST and oldest Constitution in the United States. He wrote the Massachusetts Constitution, which pre-dated the United States’ Constitution, which upon, believe it or not,  our three branches of government: judicial, legislative, and executive were based.

While he was overseas during the making of the Constitution, he wrote a long dissertation called “A Defense of the Constitution” and “Thoughts on Government” and sent all members of Congress copies, upon which they all had read before the convention. Like his stance on slavery, which he received very little credit, and being the only member of the founding fathers who had no slaves on principle, John Adams also got little credit for his work in the construction of our own Constitution.

If not for the great American historian, David McCullough, not many people would even know about the many things John Adams did to help found the country, and that’s including writing the pre-cursor of the original document that we all know and hail and the most perfect governmental document ever produced in the history of mankind.

Here’s a few thoughts that I picked out from …

 A Defense of the Constitution: By John Adams

where the great and rich will have the greatest influence in the public councils, they will continually make unequal laws in their own favor, unless the poorer majority unite, which they rarely do, set up an opposition to them, and run them down by making unequal laws against them. In every society where property exists, there will ever be a struggle between rich and poor. Mixed in one assembly, equal law can never be expected. They will either be made by numbers to plunder the few who are rich, or by influence to fleece the may who are poor. Both rich and poor, then, must be made independent, that equal justice may be done, and equal liberty enjoyed by all.

The passions and appetites are parts of human nature, as well as reason and the moral sense. In the institution of government, it must be remembered that, although reason ought always to govern individuals, it certainly never did since the Fall, and never will, till the Millennium: and human nature must be taken as it is, as it has been, and will be.Obama burns constitution

The passions and desired of the majority of the representatives in an assembly being in their nature insatiable and unlimited by anything within their own breast, and having nothing to control them without, will crave more and more indulgence, and, as they have the power, they will have the gratification: and Nedham’s government will have no security of continuing free, —

There is no man so blind as not to see, that to talk of founding a government upon a supposition that nations and great bodies of men, left to themselves, will practice a course of self denial, is either to babble like a new-born infant or to deceive like an unprincipled impostor.

And last but not least…a word about the “press”…and a warming from Adams: who had studied history more than perhaps any of the founders:John adams one

The press, that great barrier and bulwark of the rights of mankind, when it is protected in its freedom by law, can now no longer be free: if the authors, writers, and printers, will not accept of the hire that will be offered them, they must submit to the ruin that will be denounced against them. The presses, with much secrecy and concealment, will be made the vehicles of calumny against the minority and, of panegyric and empirical applauses of the leaders of the majority, and no remedy can possibly be obtained. In one word, the whole system of affairs, and every conceivable motive of hope and fear, will be employed to promote the private interests of a few, and their obsequious majority: and there is no remedy but in arms. Accordingly we find in all the Italian republics, the minority always were driven to arms in despair.

Compare these thoughts to the men from “Harvard” of today…and speaking of Harvard, John’s grandson, Henry Adams, tells you all you need to know about “Harvard” in his book…

“The Education of Henry Adams.”

It’s one of the reasons I don’t always abide by “Harvard” standards.

Now, let’s see what politician even mentions the Constitution today…shall we?

I’m guessing Ted Cruz. Let’s see if I win.

 

February 5, 2016 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,

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