There are a lot of people out there who think the solution to all of our problems lies in taking back control of the government from TPTB and going
back to the principals of the Founding Fathers. It sounds good on paper but, I sometimes wonder how that would work out in reality, especially when
you consider how the “Founding Fathers” governed during their time:
George Washington is often seen as the kind and sagely 1st ruler of our beloved American Republic but, how many of us remember what this kind and
benevolent ruler did when some Pennsylvanians mounted a tax protest against a Federal tax on
Good ole’ Georgie went and raised an army of 15,000 soldiers and began to march this army across the Alleghenies, fully prepared to
wage war on those tax protestors, some of whom may have fought right along Washington’s side during the Revolutionary War. That's right, Washington
raised an army to wage war against a group of American citizens in order to make them pay their taxes. Great guy, huh?
And, how can we forget how his successor worked to uphold the principals of freedom ? President John Adams is notorious for his signing and use of the
Alien and Sedition Acts
which were a slap in the face of anyone who took the 1st
Amendment right to free speech seriously. We also shouldn’t forget the fact that his policies inspired
another citizen’s uprising against unfair taxes imposed by the Federal
government. Government marshals and militia were called in to put down this uprising and the 30 ring leaders were sentenced to death for the crime of
TREASON. That's right, in those days, opposing the government's tax policies was considered treason against the government. It was only a last
minute pardon from President Adams which spared the lives of those men, after the Federal government had made an example of those men and shown the
peoples of this nation what the cost of tax rebellion could be.
Let’s not forget one of the favorite son’s of this new nation; Thomas Jefferson. Surely, this guiding light of the American founding principles
could be counted upon to rule wisely and with restraint.
Not exactly; Old Tommy, who could talk the good talk, found it very difficult to walk the walk once he took the reins of the fledgling American
republic. He is known for bringing into existence an embargo
which prohibited American
ships from engaging in ANY foreign trade, whatsoever!!
That’s right, he embargoed his own country, preventing the early capitalists from plying
their trade and probably resulted in the bankruptcy of many small business owners, all in a failed bid to keep the US from becoming embroiled in the
war between England and France. Then he goes along and makes the Louisiana Purchase
knowing full well that the Constitution granted him absolutely no power to make such a deal. It is said that Jefferson struggled with this decision
and came up with a solution that would have made Nanci Pelosi proud; he decided to go ahead and make the purchase and would ask for the congress to
pass a Constitutional Amendment giving him the power to do so later. I think we're still waiting for that one to come along. Way to uphold the old
Constitution there (even though the ink still wasn’t dry on the document during Jefferson’s day).
People who propose going back to the principals of the founding fathers may just want to brush up on their history books to find out exactly how those
founding fathers handled themselves once they were in positions of power themselves. It seems that, even back in the early days of this republic, the
words of the Constitution, which set down the limits of the Federal government, were ignored with impunity by the very men who had fought to bring
this nation into existence. The Constitution was a dead letter from the moment of its birth it seems.