“Brutus” Oct 18, 1787 Perhaps This Country Never Saw so Critical A PeriodPosted: September 3, 2011
Perhaps this country never saw so critical a period in their political concerns. We have felt the feebleness of the ties by which these United-States are held together, and the want of sufficient energy in our present confederation, to manage, in some instances, our general concerns. Various expedients have been proposed to remedy these evils, but none have succeeded. At length a Convention of the states has been assembled, they have formed a constitution which will now, probably, be submitted to the people to ratify or reject, who are the fountain of all power, to whom alone it of right belongs to make or unmake constitutions, or forms of government, at their pleasure. The most important question that was ever proposed to your decision, or to the decision of any people under heaven, is before you, and you are to decide upon it by men of your own election, chosen specially for this purpose. If the constitution, offered to your acceptance, be a wise one, calculated to preserve the invaluable blessings of liberty, to secure the inestimable rights of mankind, and promote human happiness, then, if you accept it, you will lay a lasting foundation of happiness for millions yet unborn; generations to come will rise up and call you blessed. You may rejoice in the prospects of this vast extended continent becoming filled with freemen, who will assert the dignity of human nature. You may solace yourselves with the idea, that society, in this favoured land, will fast advance to the highest point of perfection; the human mind will expand in knowledge and virtue, and the golden age be, in some measure, realised. But if, on the other hand, this form of government contains principles that will lead to the subversion of liberty — if it tends to establish a despotism, or, what is worse, a tyrannic aristocracy; then, if you adopt it, this only remaining assylum for liberty will be shut up, and posterity will execrate your memory.”
The Principles underlying and subverting the very liberty the revolutionaries fought to overthrow are little words like “necessary” and “proper”. Over 230 years being able to do what’s “necessary” and “proper” has lead us to the Patriot Act (United and Strengthening America by. Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism ), the MATRIX (Multistate Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange), and selling our information to L1 (l1.com) for passport technology.
The other weak principle is incumency. The New Jersey plan not only had term limits but re-elect limits, as in you could not be re-elected for a period of time if not at all. This would mean politicians can’t focus on re-election until way later, this also makes the government tactically necessary not essentially necessary. The idea was national government only had to function if specific inter-state confederate problems arose, not every time they wanted to do budget or make a decision, this could be left for us.