Our topic for the day: The Philadelphia Convention started 230 years ago this week.
While we’ve published a great deal about what the Founders approved at the Convention of 1787, it’s just as important to understand what was proposed but did NOT get approved.
Think of it this way.
Many times, someone will claim that the feds have the power to do something that the Constitution never authorized, and they’ll even go through some legal gymnastics to prove their case.
Sometimes, however, there is a clear record of that same thing being proposed by the Founders, but rejected at the convention. In short, we tell them – “Well, you have an interesting legal argument. However, your idea was proposed by the Founders, voted on by them, and they voted it down. That means they thought about what you want the feds to do, and intentionally decided to keep that power out of the Constitution.”
While that doesn’t win over everyone, it sure does make some honest people think and even reconsider.
Today, I wanted to share with you an article by Dave Benner that introduces this idea. Commemorating the start of the Philadelphia Convention on May 14, 1787 – Dave gives a brief overview of some of the many proposals that various founders suggested – but didn’t get approved.
This is something I’d like to see TAC explore in more detail in the future, so if there are any specific topics you’d like to see us cover fully at some point, please do let us know.
READ IT HERE:
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Concordia res parvae crescunt
(small things grow great by concord)
Executive Director, TAC
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