“We The People…”

This is from the “Learn Some Damn History” files…….

Most Americans pretend to know the Constitution but the truth is they know very little about the most important document in the world…..the best they can muster is 2 or 3 of the amendments….there are over 20 contained in the Constitution.

Let’s take a historic look at the document that established this country…..

For instance where did the opening of “We the people…” originate?

Was it Jefferson? Maybe Franklin? How about John Adams?

None of those people came up with the opening…..

Then who?

There are lots of famous Founding Fathers who receive deserved acclaim for the work they did to shape the United States of America. Just think of James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, or John Adams — even Alexander Hamilton had a Tony-winning musical made about him.

But there are plenty of other politicians who made real contributions at the Constitutional Convention, yet aren’t as well remembered. Gouverneur Morris is one such founding father. Haven’t heard of him? You’re not alone: This politician and lawyer from Pennsylvania isn’t necessarily well covered in most U.S. history textbooks. But that doesn’t make his work any less important. Morris was integral to the creation of the Constitution as we know it today. Sometimes called the Penman of the Constitution, Morris was the editor and shaper of the Constitution from its rough draft to its final, polished form, according to the Constitution Center.

Among the lines he revised? The most well-known of all: that starting preamble, “We the People of the United States.”

A New York native, Gouverneur Morris was a pretty smart cookie (via Yahoo! News). He graduated college at only 16 years old, and later became a lawyer and constitutional delegate. Morris’s life wasn’t necessarily easy; he faced multiple health problems during his life, including a deformed right arm due to a childhood accident (via Penn Today). He used a peg leg after his left leg was irreparably damaged and then amputated after a run-in with a carriage (via the Constitution Center). Later in his life, Morris wrote that he also experienced gout.

Read More: https://www.grunge.com/944429/the-phrase-we-the-people-came-from-this-forgotten-founding-father/

An interesting founder that history tries to forget….in the vain of Thomas Paine….forgotten or ignored?

If you think the Constitution is the special document that it is then you should learn all there is to know about it.

Class Dismissed!

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

14 thoughts on ““We The People…”

  1. “Most Americans pretend to know the Constitution but the truth is they know very little about the most important document in the world…..the best they can muster is 2 or 3 of the amendments….’

    Absolutely, positively you are correct here, chuq. And I include all these so-called “Constitutionalists” and Conservatives who blather their defense of Trump suggesting other Americans are “shredding the Constitution”. Absolute gibberish. I am no scholar of the Constitution, never claimed to be one, nor have I ever played one on TV. Yet I know enough about it and the context of it and most certainly I have a working perception of the “independent feelings” the Founders had in creating it. I also have a working knowledge of the institutions included in it. The degree that I may proclaim to be some sort of my version of a “Constitutionalist” (whatever the hell that means) is in what I do know and how I will defend its existence… and most importantly the faith I have in it, and the institutions surrounding it. If you are an educated scholar and legal authority of it… then you know how to defend it in a courtroom.
    And, no, I do NOT worship the Founding Fathers that what they said is gospel. I respect and honor their courage and tenacity as regular men of their time for having fought and won independence in order to create a more perfect union with a dynamic Constitution.
    Don’t tell me that I have to believe in Trump to believe in the Constitution. I actually want to take someone out back and give them a thrashing for that one.. but apparently that’s near half of the country right now. They apparently want to exercise their Second Amendment right to kill me.

    End of my rant, old buddy. I feel better now. Phew! 🙂

      1. Not your fault at all chuq. It does that when I attempt to make posts from my laptop while at work. Something on my end through the county wifi I am using is triggering to locations like yourself as looking like spam.

  2. “Most Americans pretend to know the Constitution but the truth is they know very little about the most important document in the world…..the best they can muster is 2 or 3 of the amendments….’

    Absolutely, positively you are correct here, chuq. And I include all these so-called “Constitutionalists” and Conservatives who blather their defense of Trump suggesting other Americans are “shredding the Constitution”. Absolute gibberish. I am no scholar of the Constitution, never claimed to be one, nor have I ever played one on TV. Yet I know enough about it and the context of it and most certainly I have a working perception of the “independent feelings” the Founders had in creating it. I also have a working knowledge of the institutions included in it. The degree that I may proclaim to be some sort of my version of a “Constitutionalist” (whatever the hell that means) is in what I do know and how I will defend its existence… and most importantly the faith I have in it, and the institutions surrounding it. If you are an educated scholar and legal authority of it… then you know how to defend it in a courtroom.
    And, no, I do NOT worship the Founding Fathers that what they said is gospel. I respect and honor their courage and tenacity as regular men of their time for having fought and won independence in order to create a more perfect union with a dynamic Constitution.
    Don’t tell me that I have to believe in Trump to believe in the Constitution. I actually want to take someone out back and give them a thrashing for that one.. but apparently that’s near half of the country right now. They apparently want to exercise their Second Amendment right to kill me.

    End of my rant, old buddy. I feel better now. Phew! 🙂

    (damn WordPress)

    1. Too many Americans know damn little about the Constitution and think they are well informed…..it is almost pathetic their lack of knowledge…..your rant is appreciated…..chuq

  3. I don’t think we really had any ‘Founding fathers’ in British history, but I know they used to mean a lot to Americans and still do to some.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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