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George Mason's Objections to the Constitution
04/11/15 at 10:47:46
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In September 1787, during the final days of the Constitutional Convention, George Mason wrote the reasons for his refusal to sign the Consitution on the back of a Committee of Style report. Manuscript copies of this document were circulated and Mason sent copies to various individuals, including George Washington. On November 22, the objections were printed in the Virginia Journal at the behest of Washington's secretary Tobias Lear in order that he could publicly refute them. The original manuscript is in the Chapin Library at Williams College.


Objections to This Constitution of Government

There is no Declaration of Rights, and the laws of the general government being paramount to the laws and constitution of the several States, the Declarations of Rights in the separate States are no security. Nor are the people secured even in the enjoyment of the benefit of the common law.

In the House of Representatives there is not the substance but the shadow only of representation; which can never produce proper information in the legislature, or inspire conficence in the people; the laws will therefore be generally made by men little concerned in, and unacquainted with their effects and consequences.

The Senate have the power of altering all money bills, and of originating appropriations of money, and the salaries of the officers of their own appointment, in conjunction with the president of the United States, although they are not the representatives of the people or amenable to them.

These with their other great powers, viz.: their power in the appointment of ambassadors and all public officers, in making treaties, and in trying all impeachments, their influence upon and connection with the supreme Executive from these causes, their duration of office and their being a constantly existing body, almost continually sitting, joined with their being one complete branch of the legislature, will destroy any balance in the government, and enable them to accomplish what usurpations they please upon the rights and liberties of the people.


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It would appear the objections by George Mason ( and others ) was well founded and much of what he ( they ) feared has come to pass.
  

Our Bill of Rights constitutes a cluster of little foxholes of liberty ground into the hard cold face of history by helpless men for a shield against the lash of tyrants. They are the result of distrust of power and distrust of men in power. They are a recognition of Lord Acton's statement of a truth eternal--"power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."R. CARTER PITTMAN&&Dalton, Ga., Sept. 28, 1955.DRAFT JAN MORGAN FOR PRESIDENT!
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Re: George Mason's Objections to the Constitution
Reply #1 - 04/11/15 at 19:40:07
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My question is, have we discovered the country's weaknesses through our superior intelligence, or by the criminal element in government?
I suspect the latter, because of the lack of the former.
  

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I was just reading about George Mason. A man ahead of his time. Thanks for the post.  Smiley
  
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Re: George Mason's Objections to the Constitution
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Gabriele wrote on 04/11/15 at 20:15:12:
I was just reading about George Mason. A man ahead of his time. Thanks for the post. Smiley


Not only far ahead of his time, but the Father of the Bill of Rights.
  

Our Bill of Rights constitutes a cluster of little foxholes of liberty ground into the hard cold face of history by helpless men for a shield against the lash of tyrants. They are the result of distrust of power and distrust of men in power. They are a recognition of Lord Acton's statement of a truth eternal--"power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."R. CARTER PITTMAN&&Dalton, Ga., Sept. 28, 1955.DRAFT JAN MORGAN FOR PRESIDENT!
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