User:The Founders Intent/Sandbox/Sandbox profile
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Welcome to my page. I'm interested in American Colonial History as it is related to the founding of the United States of America. I also like classic cars, helicopters, and American politics. I believe that the intent of the Founders written into the US Constitution was based on timeless truths about the virtues of government, the character of men, and the understanding of liberty. Any relation between the words of the Constitution and the defining issues of the time are coincidental to the inevitable cycles of history, which the Founders studied quite extensively. Therefore, the US Constitution is NOT a living document in the context of being something that should be interpretted and molded to each era's defining issues. The events around the American Revolution were merely an impetus to what should have been done in prior eras lacking an equivalent critical mass.
"On every question of construction carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed." --Thomas Jefferson to William Johnson, 1823. ME 15:449
"As a guide in expounding and applying the provisions of the Constitution, the debates and incidental decisions of the Convention can have no authoritative character…[T]he legitimate meanings of the Instrument must be derived from the text itself; or if a key is to be sought elsewhere, it must be…in the sense attached to it by the people in their respective State Conventions, where it received all the authority which it possesses." Letter [Madison] to Thomas Ritchie, September 15, 1821
Both quotes refer to the state conventions as the prime reference for interpreting the Constitution.
The pivotal initiatives and writings by some of the Founders are ordinarily overlooked by most people, who do not study their history.
I use Wikipedia quite often, and am amazed at the breadth and depth of topics. I would like to help on topics I'm knowledgeable in, so don't hesitate to ask. Also I hope to improve the appreciation of early American history.