Skip to comments.Between the Confederation and the Constitution
Posted on 04/23/2018 1:30:20 AM PDT by Jacquerie
James Madison and Federalist supporters of the Constitution carried the day in the Confederation Congress. Although Congress did not express explicit support, it sent the Constitution anyway to the states for submission to ratifying conventions. Most notably, Congress did not attach the amendments recommended by Virginias Richard Henry Lee. To Lee, amending the Constitution before ratification made simple sense. Just a few preventive amendments may mean the difference between a republic and an aristocracy likely to slide into oligarchy.
So, as the Anti-Federalist forces gathered, the nationwide question remained: Should an imperfect Constitution be amended before the ratification of nine states, or should the nation rely instead on Article V after the new government is in motion and operating? Amend when a simple majority of the states will do, or risk the more difficult process in Article V?
Few were entirely satisfied with Constitution. George Washington thought it was the best that could be done since it opened the door to amendments via Article V which lent a way to remedy its imperfections in the future. He supported its adoption under the present circumstances of the Union, which seemed to him suspended by a thread.
Virginias George Mason, who did not support the Constitution and opposed it at the Virginia Ratification Convention, nonetheless supported a stronger government and one that acted on the people, as long as the government included structural checks on the misuse of that power. In October 1787, Mason sent George Washington a list of his objections. Outside of this letter he insisted the sovereign people should hash out amendments at each state ratification convention, then hold another national convention to sort them out. After all, what right did the federal convention have to prevent adjustments before the Constitution went into effect?
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All hail John Hanson, First President of the United States in the Congress Assembled, as authorized by the Articles of Confederation 1781.
Anti-Federalist Patrick Henry was absolutely correct when he said the general welfare clause would open the door to all kinds of abuses.
Jefferson said the biggest failing was that there was no limit on the federal governments ability to borrow money......again very astute observation.
I liked several modifications made in the Confederate Constitution such as bills may only be about one thing and that must be stated in the title (ie no pork barrel riders), a line item veto for the president, term limits, new spending requires a 2/3rds majority in each house, the government must run a balanced budget, infrastructure spending other than the dredging of harbors to be charged to the industries using that infrastructure ie no offloading those costs onto the taxpayers.
Think how much better off wed be with those provisions.
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