College of Political Knowledge
I detest it when politician and others use the US Constitution and the Declaration of Independence as a spring board or as some sort of prop for their campaign…..if they actually knew these documents or the history behind the it would be different but they do not…..they take every opportunity to use them as an attention getter at rallies, townhalls, etc…..
Recently Santorum while talking to a crowd said….”all those brave men and women who wrote these words….’we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor’…..history will tell you that is just wrong……women were not allowed to participate in the writing of that or any other founding document….second, Santorum does not hold to those ideas….just look at his campaign and his words……
How many of you have actually read the Federalist Papers? All this debate about this issue or that issue is unconstitutional or not……try reading the Papers and you might see what the Founders had in mind when they put together the new American Constitution……for instance, he persuasive power of money in Washington….we all have bitched about it and moaned about it and did you know that it was covered in the Federalist Papers?
Number 62 written by James Madison and he wrote….
To trace the mischievous effects of a mutable government, would fill a volume. I will hint a few only, each of which will be perceived to be a source of innumerable others…
The internal effects of a mutable policy are still more calamitous. It poisons the blessings of liberty itself. It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood: if they be repealed or revised before they are promulg[at]ed, or undergo such incessant changes, that no man who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow. Law is defined to be a rule of action; but how can that be a rule, which is little known and less fixed.
Another effect of public instability, is the unreasonable advantage it gives to the sagacious, the enterprising, and the monied few, over the industrious and uninformed mass of the people. Every new regulation concerning commerce or revenue, or in any manner affecting the value of the different species of property, presents a new harvest to those who watch the change, and can trace its consequences; a harvest, reared not by themselves, but by the toils and cares of the great body of their fellow citizens. This is a state of things in which it may be said, with some truth, that laws are made for the few, not for the many.
Basically Madison observes that every piece of government legislation opens up opportunities for profit by a “sagacious and monied few” to take advantage of their less well-informed fellow citizens.
Does that sound like what you were thinking about the Congress and our illustrious politicians?