Brady Crom: Don't sell the founders short

Published: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 9:08 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 9:08 a.m.

"I'm mad as hell and" I wish there was a way I didn't have to take it anymore.

To those that think our country was set up as a "democracy" (i.e. majority, i.e. mob rule) and that our founding fathers wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution from a point in time (1776/1786) world view that was only valid in that time period; I say wake up and compare your knowledge of human history to theirs.

With few modern distractions (radio, TV, internet etc.), our founding fathers saw the wrong of tyranny and tried to right it. They studied millennia of human history from historical books, not sound bites and headlines. They wrote those two documents knowing that although governmental/societal needs changed, the human condition of absolute power corrupts absolutely would never change. They were the great thinkers of that time and in my opinion of all of history too, which includes our small minded leaders of today.

They also risked their fortunes and lives to form and birth this country, The United States of America; not the Washington D.C. Dominated States of America.

Today's leaders and self appointed spokesman wouldn't even risk their pensions to right a wrong. This includes, I'm sorry to say, the very people that should be in control, "We The People." Too many of us think of our founding fathers as "stuck" in their time, unable to write those two documents with an eye to the future of science and technology.

As one of many examples, one of those groups are those that use the argument that our founding fathers couldn't "know" of what technological advances 200 years of science could produce. These people think that our founding fathers were blind to the future advancement of firearm technology and that it would mysteriously halt with the flintlock rifle. Interestingly, these modern "Flintlockers" consider themselves much smarter than our founding fathers. Ask any one of them if they think future firearms will be just like our modern military assault weapons in the year 2213, 200 years from now and their answer will be; "of course not."

But they will also say that men like Benjamin Franklin (a great inventor, for those steeped-in history Flintlockers that may not know that), didn't have the intelligence to know that technology marches on. Of course our founding fathers saw that weaponry had changed immensely from 1576 to 1776 and they knew it would take greater leaps from 1776 to 1976. (A little know fact is that multi-barreled pistols were already produced long before 1776.)

But they also knew that the human condition had not changed since the beginning of recorded history. Therefore, with their design of the check and balances in the Constitution, they were trying to set up a government that controlled the human condition of those people that desired to amass enough "legal" power to control the lives of others, the control over us, "We the People".

So, to the Flintlockers and their ilk, before you propose great changes to the Constitution; please study a little (actually, please study a lot) of history. The Constitution, along with the Declaration of Independence, are the two greatest documents delineating man's attempt to form a governance that will protect every individual's life, liberty and pursuit of happiness within a larger group of peoples.

After writing this letter; "I'm not as mad as hell and" I've done what I can and I hope that I have opened the eyes of at least a few of The People.

Brady Crom


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