Saturday, July 7, 2007

Conflict of Interest in the Ratification of the Constitution?

Here are some fun stats we compiled about the ratification of the constitution:

Number of members of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia: 55

Number of members who signed the constitution at the end of the Convention: 39

Number of Constitutional Convention Delegates who also served at their State Ratifying Conventions: 29

Number of those 29 who voted in favor of their own work: 24

Wikipedia defines "conflict of interest" thusly:

"A conflict of interest is a situation in which someone in a position of trust, such as a lawyer, insurance adjuster, a politician, executive or director of a corporation or a medical research scientist or physician, has competing professional or personal interests. Such competing interests can make it difficult to fulfill his or her duties impartially. A conflict of interest exists even if no unethical or improper act results from it. A conflict of interest can create an appearance of impropriety that can undermine confidence in the person, profession, or court system."

Founder-Chic believes that there was a serious conflict of interest in the Ratification Process. The people supposedly ratified the constitution, but with so many of the Convention Delegates passing judgment on their own work, it seems like the people might have gotten the shaft.

We think that Massachusetts Convention Delegate Amos Singletary summed it up nicely:

“These lawyers, and men of learning, and moneyed men that talk so finely and gloss over matters so smoothly, to make us poor illiterate people swallow down the pill, expect to get into Congress themselves; they expect to be the managers of the Constitution and get all the power and all the money into their own hands, and then they will swallow up all us little folks, like the great Leviathan."

Yes, Mr. Singletary, isn't that the way it happens? First the elite make the constitution, then they ratify it themselves, and then they take positions of power within the new government that they've just created. What else can we call that but tyranny?

Bad Founders, very bad. We see you and we are not pleased.

1 comment:

GayProf said...

Well, at least you can rest assured that the current administration disregards the Constitution entirely anyway. And if Bush isn't evidence that the illiterate can have positions of power, I am not sure who would be.