Conflict at the Constitutional Convention by Tara Ross – June 30, 2020 On this day in 1787, the Constitutional Convention is underway. A small state delegate stands up and addresses the large state delegates in the room. He didn’t calmly address them, either. Gunning Bedford, Jr. *blasted* this statement at his fellow delegates! Can’t you…Read More
Why Mercy Otis Warren Belongs in the Pantheon of America’s Founders Mercy Otis Warren was a highly influential writer and supporter of American independence in an era when women didn’t write for the public. Gary M. Galles – March 28, 2020 March is National Women’s History Month. But despite the heightened attention it brings to…Read More
The Constitution Doesn’t Mean Whatever Judges Think It Does The Founders put the Constitution in writing and designed the judiciary to interpret it the same way. That way, judges can’t just make it up as they go along. By Thomas Jipping – April 07, 2020 Many Americans know precious little about our system of government;…Read More
When Men Forsake God, Tyranny Always Follows by Chris Banescu – March 28, 2013 The prophetic words of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn resonate like thunder across the history of man. “Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.” Thus summarized the Nobel laureate, Orthodox Christian author, and Russian dissident the main reason why the communist revolution was…Read More
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Conflict at the Constitutional Convention
by Tara Ross – June 30, 2020
On this day in 1787, the Constitutional Convention is underway. A small state delegate stands up and addresses the large state delegates in the room.
He didn’t calmly address them, either. Gunning Bedford, Jr. *blasted* this statement at his fellow delegates! Can’t you just imagine the tension in the room when he was done?
“I do not, gentlemen, trust you. If you possess the power, the abuse of it could not be checked; and what then would prevent you from exercising it to our destruction?”
This may be one of my favorite quotes from the Constitutional Convention. It summarizes, so succinctly, the fears felt by small state citizens at that time.
How can America be self-governing, but also ensure that the large states do not constantly trample and abuse the small states? How can minority voices be free from the tyranny of emotional mobs? As you know, the Convention ultimately worked out many compromises. Our Constitution is full of many checks and balances that work as safeguards for our liberty.
Many of our Governors, Mayors, and County Judges seem more interested in one-person, executive rule during this pandemic, but a virus doesn’t trump our Constitution and our system of checks and balances.
This weekend is Independence Day. Perhaps a good time to remember that we fought to be free from monarchs in this country.