Our Founding Fathers Were AGAINST…

Our Founding Fathers Were AGAINST many things, and for many good reasons!  Some of the following items were specifically prohibited in the Constitution.  Others were discussed between our Founding Fathers, either by name or by general concept, often in letters.  Many of those letters remain available for your reading pleasure in the our nation’s Library of Congress, located in Washington, DC.

  • Political Parties
  • Federal Reserve Banks
  • Fiat Money
  • Public Education
  • Welfare
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Social Security
  • Unemployment Benefits
  • Consumption Laws
  • Gun Regulation of ANY Kind
  • Foreign Aid
  • Income Tax
  • Direct Democracy
  • Continuous Public Debt
  • Large Standing Armies
  • Military Adventurism
  • Indefinite Detention

Now, here’s why:

  • Political Parties – They believed a “house divided against itself will not stand.”  Our two-party system results in serious polarization.  It’s a huge waste of government resources.  Congress spends most of it’s time divided along party lines, each trying to outmaneuver the other, instead of focusing on the issues themselves.
  • Federal Reserve Banks – It’s a license to steal from The People.  Jefferson was one of the most outspoken opponents, but by no means the only one:  “[The] Bank of the United States… is one of the most deadly hostility existing, against the principles and form of our Constitution… An institution like this, penetrating by its branches every part of the Union, acting by command and in phalanx, may, in a critical moment, upset the government. I deem no government safe which is under the vassalage of any self-constituted authorities, or any other authority than that of the nation, or its regular functionaries. What an obstruction could not this bank of the United States, with all its branch banks, be in time of war! It might dictate to us the peace we should accept, or withdraw its aids. Ought we then to give further growth to an institution so powerful, so hostile?” – Letter to Albert Gallatin, 1803.
  • Fiat Money – Jefferson again:  “Paper is poverty,… it is only the ghost of money, and not money itself.” – Letter to Colonel Edward Carrington (27 May 1788)
  • Public Education – “It is the duty of parents to maintain their children decently, and according to their circumstances; to protect them according to the dictates of prudence; and to educate them according to the suggestions of a judicious and zealous regard for their usefulness, their respectability and happiness.” – James Wilson, Lectures on Law, 1791″[F]or avoiding the extremes of despotism or anarchy . . . the only ground of hope must be on the morals of the people. I believe that religion is the only solid base of morals and that morals are the only possible support of free governments. [T]herefore education should teach the precepts of religion and the duties of man towards God.” – Gouverneur Morris, Penman and Signer of the Constitution.
  • Welfare – The best treatise on this topic!  Here.
  • Medicare – Ibid.
  • Medicaid – Ibid.
  • Social Security – Ibid.
  • Unemployment Benefits – Ibid.
  • Consumption Laws – “”Among the natural rights of the Colonists are these: First, a right to life; Secondly, to liberty; Thirdly, to property; together with the right to support and defend them in the best manner they can. These are evident branches of, rather than deductions from, the duty of self-preservation, commonly called the first law of nature.” – Samuel Adams, Brewer, in “The Rights of the Colonists” (1772)
  • Gun Regulation of ANY Kind – “No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms.” – Thomas Jefferson, Proposed Virginia Constitution, June, 1776.
  • Foreign Aid – This concept wasn’t even around back then.  “Neither a borrower nor a lender be” was.  All but three of our Founding Fathers were Christians, and Ezekiel 18:7-8 offers a word picture of what righteousness looks like.  Here’s what that verse has this to say about borrowing and lending: “A righteous person “does not oppress anyone, but returns what he took in pledge for a loan. He does not commit robbery but gives his food to the hungry and provides clothing for the naked. He does not lend at usury or take excessive interest.”
  • Income Tax – “America did just fine without a federal income tax for the first 126 years of its history. Prior to 1913, the government operated with revenues raised through tariffs, excise taxes, and property taxes, without ever touching a worker’s paycheck. In the late 1800s, when Congress first attempted to impose an income tax, the notion of taxing a citizen’s hard work was considered radical! Public outcry ensued; more importantly, the Supreme Court ruled the income tax unconstitutional. Only with passage of the 16th Amendment did Congress gain the ability to tax the productive endeavors of its citizens.” – Ron Paul : The Case Against the Income Tax, Submitted by JeffD on Thu, 04/08/2010, Daily Paul Liberty Forum.  Source
  • Direct Democracy – “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened), against domestic Violence.” – Article IV, Section 4, United States Constitution
  • Continuous Public Debt – “The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States…” – Article I, Section 8, United States Constitution.  The key point is that it was to PAY for the debts, not roll them over year after year.
  • Large Standing Armies – “In time of actual war, great discretionary powers are constantly given to the Executive Magistrate. Constant apprehension of War, has the same tendency to render the head too large for the body. A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people.” – James Madison, Speech, Constitutional Convention (1787-06-29), from Max Farrand’s Records of the Federal Convention of 1787, vol. I [1] (1911), p. 465
  • Military Adventurism – ibid
  • Indefinite Detention – “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial…” – Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution
Updated: March 16, 2013 — 8:01 am