The Spirit and Intent of our Constitution

“The adoption of the Constitution will demonstrate as visibly the finger of Providence as any possible event in the course of human affairs can ever designate it.” ~  George Washington

Adherence to the spirit and intent of our Constitution was so important to our Founding Fathers that one of the first acts of the First Congress in 1789 was to pass the verbiage for the Oath of Affirmation of office in compliance with Article VI of our Constitution.

George Washington was administered the Oath of Affirmation of office, as prescribed by Artlcle II, Section I, on April 29, 1789, to which he added: “So help me God.”  He then made a few brief remarks:

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The Jeffersonian Position

From Thomas Jefferson: Writings (Library of America, 1984), pp. 1056–1057 is a January 26, 1799 letter from Jefferson to Edbridge Gerry (inventor of “gerrymandering”) explaining his political philosophy: “I do then, with sincere zeal, wish an inviolable preservation of our present federal constitution, according to the true sense in which it was adopted by the…

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