Founding Father’s Quotes Friday…quality and character

Not so much has changed, eh?

Not so much has changed, eh?

Happy Founding Father’s Quotes Friday! As we have seen over the course of these many months is that perhaps the most original meanings and original intent of the—National—federal government was during the process of reforming what the Founder’s had done earlier especially with regards to the States, special interest groups, the majority, and the relentless pursuit of one government –National –overseeing the acts of the several states.

What concerned Madison the most was the moral fiber or lack thereof with those elected to the national government.

“From what cause could so fatal an omission have happened,” Madison asked.

The mistaken confidence that the earlier framers of the Articles of Confederation had placed in “the justice, the good faith, the honor, the sound policy of the elected officials,” reflected in both their own ‘enthusiastic virtue’ and the ‘inexperience of the crisis’ the revolution brought.

Beyond everything else Madison’s chief concerns were the state’s inabilities to comply with the requisitions of Congress, encroaching on its authority, violating treaty obligations, and refusing to grant the Union powers to pursue objects of “common interests.”

The central conviction at the heart of Madison’s analysis which he was about to debate at the First Continental Congress; namely, that experience had proved that “…neither state legislators, nor their constituents could be relied upon to support the general interest of the Union, the true public good, or their own communities, or the rights of minorities and individuals.

In other words Madison was leery of the potential “unjust legislation” which in his experience had permeated the “Representative bodies” and “the people themselves.”

He concluded therefore that although their intentions were good and superficially honorable, the reasons that people sought legislative office were for three basic reasons: “Ambition,” “personal interests” and the regard for public good.”

Experience proved the first two predominated, with woeful results. Artful legislators “with interested views” could always find ways to sacrifice “the interests, and views of their Constituents” for their own purposes, only to have their base and selfish measures, masked by pretexts of public good and with apparent expediency.”

Even “honest” representatives would often fall prey to “a favorite lender, veiling his selfish schemes under the professions of the public good.”

When preparing this article I couldn’t help but see the striking similarities between the disbelief of Madison and what still occurs in politics today, especially in the realm of “Porkulus” unmitigated spending, and tax on carbon emissions? In the final analysis, politicians have only gotten worse, right Nan, Harry, Barack, Napolitano and the lot of you.

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