For those who damn government and extol the U.S. Constitution, the original Constitution, which was finally signed by all by Sept. 17, 1787, and ratified by June 21, 1788, was all organizational. Apart from details such as the minting of money and other powers reserved to the federal government, its sole purpose was to organize the federal government into the three branches and provide for representation and qualifications of federal office holders, with provisions for amendment and impeachment.
What would become The Bill of Rights was not proposed by Congress until Sept, 26, 1789, and it would not become part of the Constitution until Dec. 15, 1791.
It is correct then to say that which was furthermost in the minds of the “Founding Fathers,” as the tricorne set like to talk about, was establishing a government.
William D. Grimley
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