Patriot's History: The Constitution (Chapter 4, 1776-1789)

Music: Classical Guitar

Summary
Unique the spirit that unites
the people through the Bill of Rights.
From heads of state, a Christian plan:
true justice for the common man.

Chapter
The Constitution formed a model government,
designed to champion the expression of dissent
and based on local power (libertarian)
and equal rights for all (egalitarian):
"the mob, the herd, the rabble" all entitled to
their civil rights and suffrage (though it's sad but true
that women, blacks, and Indians were brushed aside,
although in time the matter would be rectified).
And now the Fed'ralists, including Hamilton
and Adams, after years of disagreement in
the role a national administration plays,
began to win when farmers led by Daniel Shays
rebelled, exposing weakness in the localists'
(and Jefferson's) philosophy. The Fed'ralists
espoused the commerce-centered views of Adam Smith
and worked unselfishly to contradict the myth
that monied men would fail to serve the common good -
although they felt a democratic nation would
be wanting - better a Republic, many states
within a central government. This demonstrates
the boldness of the Constitution framers, who
aligned themselves with "people," both the well-to-do
and commoners, above political concerns.
This first campaign would bring the happiest returns:
a Constitution blending federal control
with checks and balances, and with the heart and soul
of Christian faith, and with the part that best unites
the youthful country's rich and poor - the Bill of Rights.

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