Diary

Part I: Our founding fathers: We shall not see their like again.

Many people today see our nation’s founding fathers as “Dead White Men” as if their work and words are out of context with the world of 2016.  An example is that some have said the Second Amendment no longer applies because they did not envision the destructive power of the weapons we have today.

 

Our nation’s builders, they say, are to be discounted because the world has moved on and technology has made us into a society they could not conjure up in their wildest dreams.  But, their genius did not depend on dreams or ability to foresee the future.  Their genius lay in the fact that they were students of human nature and for all of our weapons, planes, IPads, and cell phones, human nature has not changed in the 200+ years since they wrote our founding documents.

 

The group that set up this nation knew human nature had been unchanged since the dawn of time and set about creating a system of government that could be adhered too, regardless of changes the passage of time might bring.  Our Declaration of Independence begins with “When in the course of human events—“.  These words, for the purposes of this writing, are the key to illustrating their genus.

 

They could have declared their independence with: To this point in time, because of  wrongs by the King, or as the world exists today.  In which case, they would be “Dead White guys” but they declared it with “in the course of human events”.  By doing so, they were stating that the world will change, because of basic human nature.  They knew that seeking power and control, a charismatic leader would rise and try to “fundamental transform America”.  They knew such things because in their world, it was all around them, basic human nature.  By recognizing man’s hunger for power and control, they knew that government would someday overreach and abuse its citizens.

 

They set up our government in three parts to prevent overreach and abuse,  and limited the powers of each of the three parts.  To do this, they wrote:  “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”  Meaning they wanted a limited Federal Government and they would be in shock to see the U.S. Government as it exists today.   Our Declaration of Independence lists the grievances they had against Britain and I find it interesting that among them is: “He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.”  I wonder what our founders would say about the EPA, IRA, and the other hundreds of government programs with their “swarms of Officers”, eating away at our substance.  (part two follows in a few days)