“Making America Great Again”–Part 7

This is a continuation of the series written by Maj.  Danny Sjursen about the history about this country …the creation, the war, the battles, the history.

It is the 1780’s and the war is winding down and then Founding Fathers are looking to the creation of a government to run the land that just liberated from England.

Part 7 of “American History for Truthdiggers.”

The Brits Are Gone: Now What?

“The evils we experience flow from the excess of democracy. The people do not want virtue, but are the dupes of pretended patriots.” —Elbridge Gerry, delegate to the Constitutional Convention (1787)

It has become, by now, like American scripture. We all know the prevailing myths, history as written by the winners. Virtuous American patriots, having beaten the tyrannical British, set out to frame the most durable republican government in the history of humankind. The crowning achievement came when our Founding Fathers met in Philadelphia in 1787 to draft an American gospel: the Constitution. The war had ended, officially, in 1783.

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/american-history-for-truthdiggers-flowering-or-excess-of-democracy-the-1780s/

Damn!  This is good stuff….I hope all are enjoying this look at American history….a look that your textbooks have left out for various reasons.

Class dismissed!

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7 thoughts on ““Making America Great Again”–Part 7

  1. Good points to consider. I was taught in history class that the states were having trouble building roads between states and states were putting up tariffs against the other states. Nothing about excess of democracy.

  2. It is suitably ironic that post-war taxation was actually higher then the taxes that brought about the war to begin with. “Be careful what you wish for” indeed. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

      1. I agree. The government could not afford a standing army so they devised a plan to use the states militia. Procedure for structure, calling up and use of the militias carefully set forth in the constitutio. And to make sure the militiamen would have rifles they put in the second amendment. That is my theory at any rate.

      2. Let me correct that. The people who wrote the constitution and provided for the militia were not the same people who insisted on the second amendment. Their motives must have been different. Who were the people who wanted the second amendment afraid of and why. Who did they think would take the guns away. Possibly the elites who write the constitution who did not want excess democracy? Just thinking out loud. Or while typing.

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