To The Daily Sun,
I found it very interesting that Mr. Brooks would agree that the Founding Fathers were liberal; although, not the liberals of today. I would agree that the liberals of today are not the liberals of 1787, but, then again, our nation is not the nation of 1787, and the world is not the world of 1787.
Knowing that the framers wanted a strong national government doesn’t tell us exactly how strong. There’s no way to know what they would have thought about specific modern legislation. Ultra-conservatives may want federal power to be microscopic, but for the most part our Constitution embodies a different vision — good or bad.
After throwing off the British monarchy in 1776, our first attempt at a constitution for the United States was the Articles of Confederation, which were in force from 1781 until 1789. States feared a central power holding too much power and created a governing document that left many important powers to the states. This early constitution failed.
States failed to comply with the “constitutional” requisitions of the government, encroached on federal authority, trespassed on each other's rights, violated treaties, failed to pay taxes, etc. Because of these actions, the states left the young nation bankrupt and destitute, and on the verge of collapse. George Washington argued that Congress had not been granted enough power.
“In all our deliberations on this subject (the Constitution) we kept in our view, that which appears to us the greatest interest of every true American, the consolidation of our Union.” — George Washington
Nowhere does Washington or other Founding Fathers mention “a limited republican government.”
Our present Constitution, after unanimous endorsement, does not say, “Our goal is to make the federal government as small as possible.” The text of the Constitution promises, among other things, a “more perfect union” that would “promote the general welfare.” It also authorizes Congress to make laws that don’t fall within those listed in the Constitution but are “necessary and proper” to carry them out.
Mr. Brooks and today’s Tea Party members would surely have been opponents of the Constitution. The Constitution is, first and foremost, a grant of power to the federal government. The Founding Fathers consciously sacrificed state sovereignty in the interests of national unity. The whole point of the Constitution was to make the federal government much stronger than it had been under the Articles of Confederation.
I’m not a religious man as much as I strive to be a Christian man, and as an American, I live — not in a Christian Nation, but a nation with Christians in it. If Mr. Brooks is referring to me as being “non-religious,” I consider his efforts at degradation a compliment.
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