Mike Church, the delightfully radical radio talk show host of The Mike Church Show, broadcast on Sirius Satellite Radio, has written, directed and produced the definitive visual primer on the writing and ratification of the United States Constitution.
The movie is entitled “The Spirit of ‘76 – Our Founding: The Greatest Story Ever Told.”
The story is replete with subterfuge, power struggles, fiery rhetoric and gigantic egos. The reviewer was amazed to learn of crucial debates that were settled on the slimmest of majority votes.
The delegates arrived in Philadelphia to review the Articles of Confederation with a purpose of making revisions as necessary. At the end of the convention, an entirely new Constitution was written.
James Madison and Alexander Hamilton were the authors of the Virginia Plan, an early proposal which would have supplanted the states with a central national government. State sovereignty would have vanished under the new central government. The new national government would have enjoyed the ability to nullify any act or law of a state government. The Virginia Plan was rejected in favor of the Constitution of 1787.
The reason that the Federalist Papers were necessary to attempt to convince citizens was that the new constitution was a complete departure from the task assigned to the delegates sent to the Convention in Philadelphia. Further, the Articles of Confederation required no Bill of Rights. But, the new constitution was so alarming to so many of the delegates and citizens that a Bill of Rights was necessary to quell the alarm.
And, as we so well know, the Bill of Rights, along with the entire Constitution, is being entirely ignored by the lawmakers, executives and court denizens of Washington, DC. And state sovereignty is a dim memory.
So in the end…which is coming to pass in our own times…Madison and Hamilton were finally victorious.
Your children will likely never hear of this story in either a public or private school. And, unless you have purposed to study this obscure portion of history yourself, you will not have heard the story either. I strongly urge you to buy a copy of this film and watch it WITH YOUR CHILDREN. And make yourself a vow to watch it annually until your children are grown and gone from the nest.
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