Today, hearing John Robert's mention "we are a government of laws and not of men", gave us the idea of blogging on the Constitution. We're coming up the Birthday of the Constitution (Sept 17th, 1787), but we shouldn't forget the history of this vital document... first and foremost being an agreement among people who didn't trust and in some cases hated each other. Several 'Founding Fathers' refused to participate in the convention because they liked the government the way it was (Sam Adams, Thomas Paine, Patrick Henry), and didn't think the Constitution necessary at all. At times, vicious fights surrounded its eventual ratification which didn't take place until March 4 1789, and even then - it wasn't an unanimous agreement.
Check out some of the mudslinging insults of the Founding Fathers. For more, look up Distory, "A Treasury of Historical Insults":
We also shouldn't forget that in the early years of our country, Vice President Aaron Burr shot Alexander Hamilton dead..and despite warrants for Burr's arrest in New York and New Jersey, he was allowed to serve out his term as Vice President. The full quote by Jefferson about his V.P. Burr was:"I never thought him an honest, frank-dealing man, but considered him as a crooked gun, or other perverted machine, whose aim or shot you could never be sure of."
The Constitution is an amazing document, but even more amazing when you hear how it came to be.
The The Duel | Hamilton and the U.S. Constitution