There is an ornate carved Mahogany wooden chair at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was made in 1779 by John Folwell, and was used by George Washington as he chaired the Constitutional Convention in the summer of 1787.
James Madison wrote that Benjamin Franklin commented, at the end of the convention, that he had often looked at the carving behind the president, without being able to tell if the carved sun was rising or setting -but now he knew that is was a rising sun. Let us consider that thought.
The United States of America was based upon the right of freemen to rule themselves through representative government. We won our independence from Britain after a long and violent struggle. We wrote the Constitution (1787, ratified 1789) and the Bill of Rights (1791) as a framework for intelligent and principle free men to rule themselves with a minimal government with specifically delegated powers.
We had a few struggles , such as the feud between Hamilton and Jefferson over the national bank and later the Alien and Sedition acts, but overall we went on as free men until 1861. The southern states, faced with economic and political sanctions from the northern states, decided to cut the cord and restart in the tradition of their grandfathers who had left Britain.
Rather than repenting of their ways and attempting to reconcile with the southern states, Abraham Lincoln -the first American dictator- invaded the south!
He claimed they had no right to leave, so he would kill them to bring them back. He refused to congressionally declare war against the Confederate States, claiming they were just rebel provinces of the United States. (But they had to be formally readmitted after the war, showing they sovereign states who had left).
The the southern states were militarily occupied for years during a period called Reconstruction. Many Confederate veterans were disenfranchised, and Yankee carpetbaggers gave free -and often illiterate- negroes the right to vote. These Yankee actions brought brought about the boys in white hoods.
The War Between the States, which by definition was not a “civil war”, and the reconstruction period is a wound from which the U.S.A. never fully recovered.
Then in the early 1900s we saw the 16th Amendment (fraudulently claimed to be) ratified, the 17th Amendment destroying the Founder’s balanced federation system (claimed to be) ratified, the creation of the IRS, the Federal Reserve act, and our unnecessary entry into the First World War. All of this occurred in the five year period between 1913 and 1918!
Since then was saw the manufactured Great Depression, the unnecessary WWII, FDR’s socialist programs, Johnson’s expansion of socialism, gun control (NFA 34, GCA 68, 1994AWB, NICS, etc.), the destruction of the 4th Amendment courtesy of the (unconstitutional) Federal “War on Drugs” and 9/11, the disgustingly misnamed USA Patriot Act, unconstitutional and unnecessary wars, ObamaCare, business and tax policies that sent our manufacturing base overseas, massive (and theoretically unrepayable) government debt, rampant immorality promoted by the media and entertainment corporations, and multiculturalism shoved down our throat by government and the media.
If Benjamin Franklin were alive today, he would tell us that the American sun was setting.
Copyright (c) 2016 by Joseph Charles Putnam of Orange County, Indiana. All rights reserved.