Regarding your recent column, “American History X:”
Most do not know that the Constitution turned the Declaration of Independence on its ear. The Constitutional Convention in 1787 was not authorized by the state legislatures. Delegates were essentially locked up for three months and sworn to secrecy. They bypassed state legislatures and created separate bodies to ratify it.
Only six people signed both. Ben Franklin is probably the only name most Americans would recognize. Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were out of the country, trying to obtain credit in England and France, respectively.
Jefferson did not know he was appointed as Secretary of State and confirmed by the Senate until he arrived from France and read it in the newspaper. By then, he couldn’t turn down the appointment—which he didn’t want—for fear of embarrassing George Washington.
The Constitution is an economic document that gives the federal government unlimited power to do whatever it wants at taxpayer expense, but doesn’t obligate the government in any way to said taxpayers.
It controls all “economic narrows,” such as currency, postal roads, copyrights and patents, etc., and with collecting taxes on all the “economic narrows” it controls.
Both Jefferson and John Adams died July 4, 1826, exactly 50 years after the official Declaration date. From his biography, he apparently waited until the 4th to die. This tells me he, at least, believed the 4th to be the official date.Katharine Otto