Posted 9 years ago on Oct. 17, 2011, 4:07 p.m. EST by tympan55
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“Those who own the country ought to govern it.” These words were spoken by John Jay, at the Constitutional convention in Philadelphia. It expresses the sentiments of many Americans, both then and now. It expresses a sentiment that grows virulent in an environment where human worth is reduced to a numerical coefficient enabling some to amass an advantage at the expense of others. Let's not forget that the same men who wrote about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, were reconciled to owning slaves. They belonged to a class society where it was a foregone conclusion that power and wealth were the property of an established oligarchy. That the Jeffersonian vision of democracy was an agrarian based affair intended more as a consolidation of power than an egalitarian reform. The Constitution is a cleverly crafted instrument of control created to insure that power remained in the hands of a certain segment of society. What appears on the surface as safeguards for our liberty are manacles shackling our freedom more securely than any totalitarian regime. We act as if our founding fathers were infallible when they were acting with the same self-interest at heart as today's investment bankers and insurance companies.