I recount here a summary of the end of a lecture given in the 1960s by Robert LeFevre.
Of the 56 signatories of the Declaration of Independence (the guys I fondly recall being called the Founding Fathers, the ones who risked everything for liberty), how many subsequently signed the Constitution (drafted roughly 12 years later)? I had assumed that most of the Founding Fathers also had signed the Constitution.
The answer is 6. They were George Read, Roger Sherman, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Morris, George Clymer, and James Wilson. What about the other 50 who signed the Declaration?
The guys who “gifted” us this wonderful Constitution were not exactly the same guys who thought about rights and liberties and all that silly little utopian stuff. In fact, those ideas were so important to them that they didn’t get around to talking about rights until a few years after the Constitution was ratified.
Most of those guys, those stargazers, were neither delegates to the Constitutional Convention nor to the state conventions which were rigged to ratify it. In other words, they were working in opposition to the passage of such a document. Did you learn that in your high school history books? Is there really one group of people called the “Founders”? No, as Robert LeFevre pointed out, there was one group of people that brought us liberty, and yet another who brought us power.
And what did some of the prominent thinkers of the time say about the Constitution?
Franklin said at the end, “gentlemen, you now have a Constitution. It is not as good as we could have hoped, but it is good as we are going to get. It will serve us alright for a while. But it will end in tyranny because there is nothing within it to prevent it.
Indeed, we are all frogs in a pot.