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Monday, January 28, 2013

The Second Amendment Is For Closers


I really can’t resist this [Mamet] line, though:

The Founding Fathers, far from being ideologues, were not even politicians.

I…wow. My question: does Mamet really think that being selected as a delegates to the convention was the first political experience for Madison and Hamilton?

Indeed, Madison served in the VA state leg, worked with Jefferson on a significant VA statute protecting religious freedom, and was the youngest delegate to the Continental Congress.  Hamilton served in the Articles Congress, represented NY County in NY's assembly and was a delegate at Annapolis, precursor to the Constitutional Convention.  Other than that, these guys and the rest of the attendees had no political background.

And, of course, there was no politicking at all in Philly.  Nor were the Federalists, anti-Federalists or slave states' delegates ideologues by any stretch of the imagination.  Everything was pretty much unanimous agreement by political neophytes committed solely to a monolithic vision of liberty.

Put. That. Constitution. Down!


January 28, 2013 in Constitution, Schmonstitution | Permalink


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