The Greatest Of The Founding Fathers

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The greatest inhibitor to understanding the reasons motivating the creation of the Constitution is the perception of the Founding Fathers as truly noble men who selflessly coalesced in eternal brotherhood during the summer of 1787 in order discuss and draft a perfect document that represented the true freedom of America. Such utterly foolish romanticism is commonplace in our society and many aspects of our nation 's history are unjustifiably glorified and revered. For example, the explorer Christopher Columbus is widely hailed as an intrepid hero who sailed forth into the unknown and discovered the “New World.” Though Columbus was no doubt a resolute man, he was also a brutal oppressor who launched a campaign of subjugation against the native peoples of the Caribbean Islands (Flint, 2016). With seventeen ships and over one thousand men, Columbus began his reign of terror during his second voyage to the Caribbean. With the pretense of bringing Christianity to the “savage” people, he enslaved large portions of the population for manual labor. Any who dared opposed him were swiftly beaten, tortured, or outright killed (Selwood, 2014). Clearly Columbus was a far more complex individual than how he is commonly viewed as and many dark aspects of his life are often glazed over in the present day. It is important to learn more about a person rather than just relying on preconceived notions about the individual. This lesson is applicable to Founding Fathers and helps to explain why they convened in Philadelphia for the Constitutional Convention. Though certainly not as immoral as Columbus, the Founding Fathers nevertheless in reality differed considerably from their almost godlike image in today 's society. They were generally well-educa... ... middle of paper ... ... the national government was under the Articles and helped to expose many of its weaknesses. It showed how the government could not care for its war veterans properly and how it allowed them to swiftly sink into hard economic times. Congress ' weak ability to raise taxes relied on state participation, and there were no executive institutions to enforce any of its laws, which prevented any action from taking place (Kelly, 2016). Additionally, the government was not responsible for ending the revolt; a privately-funded state militia had to be assembled to confront the rebels, further demonstrating how the ineffectual Articles were. The Articles simply were unable to properly manage the domestic conditions of the country and therefore became a major influence on the decisions made during the Constitutional Convention where drastic reform was made to address these issues.
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