September 17 – Constitution Day (September 19, 2011)

. . .

A          “We celebrate America’s Protest Poem on July 4 yet don’t celebrate adoption of America’s Owners Manual on September 17.  Last Saturday was Constitution Day.”

B          “After proclaiming ‘Enough’ and declaring their independence, they spent almost a dozen years debating ‘Now what?’  Must admit they did an admirable job admixing a little British brewed due process and rule of law with French fueled separation of powers.  And providing for taxation with representation.”

A          “The fellows endeavored to check and to balance interests, although some curmudgeons allege they advanced their financial interests to balance their checkbooks.”

B          “They probably didn’t retreat from pursuing their financial interests.  Even if they were motivated by mixed interests, the final product is workable and works.  And is not a bad start.  Limiting participation and protection to well-to-do white boys was not the best start, yet look at the plight of mankind to that point.  Man was not very kind.”

A          “Too many hucksters today are so certain they know what was happening then and what was meant by the founding fellows.  Every Owners Manual is supplemented and modified over time as our understanding and insights grow and develop.”

B          “Still contend we should celebrate with a bar-b-que and a few fireworks.”

. . .

[See the “e-ssay” titled “One Gun Per White Adult Male? A Flintlock Musket? The “One Man, One Gun” Decision (October 4, 2010).”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

The Founding Fathers were fans of taxation?  Since when?

The Founding Fathers created a government rather than destroying one?  Since when?

The Constitution was written by geniuses so that it could be interpreted by fools, but nothing commands that it be interpreted by fools.

“the greatest of all reflections on human nature.”

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