Saturday, October 29, 2011

Arguing about the Constitution...........

For those amongst us who scratch their heads wondering how the
Constitution gets so stretched out of shape, comes the following
bit of history:

      "One of the greatest dramas of President Washington’s
       first term was the showdown between House of
      Representatives leader James Madison and Treasury
      secretary Alexander Hamilton over how to interpret the
      Constitution of which Madison was the moving spirit,
      and which he and Hamilton had defended and explicated
      together in The Federalist.

Their argument was about the chartering of a national bank. The
guys who created the Constitution couldn't agree on what it
meant.  Hmmmm.

Full interesting essay on the "constitutional" powers of
government, posted on the City Journal, is here.  Interestingly
enough, it is titled On Tyranny and Liberty.

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