Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Founding Fathers Against Jacobins

The imbecile belief that America is the world’s “greatest democracy” is so naive and ignorant that it is almost beyond belief. It was clearly the intention of the framers of the U.S. Constitution to eliminate the democratic excesses of state governments. It is mentioned so many times in the records of the Philadelphia Convention and the Federalist Papers that one wonders if democracy-peddlers have read anything at all:

Our chief danger arises from the democratic parts of our constitutions. It is a maxim which I hold incontrovertible, that the powers of government exercised by the people swallows up the other branches. None of the constitutions have provided sufficient checks against the democracy. The feeble Senate of Virginia is a phantom. Maryland has a more powerful senate, but the late distractions in that State, have discovered that it is not powerful enough. The check established in the constitution of New York and Massachusetts is yet a stronger barrier against democracy, but they all seem insufficient.
Edmund Randolph (governor of Virginia in 1786-1788)

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