Bill of Rights were “Restrictive Clauses”

American Minute with Bill Federer

Bill of Rights were “Restrictive Clauses” to Prevent Federal Government from Ruling through Mandates

Though George Washington presided at the Constitutional Convention, George Mason refused to sign the U.S. Constitution. Why? Because it did not put enough limits on the Federal Government.

George Mason and George Washington were friends, both being from Virginia. When the Continental Congress chose Washington to be General of the Continental Army, George Mason took his place as Virginia’s delegate to the Continental Congress. Mason was later a delegate to the Constitutional Convention where he helped write the U.S. Constitution.

When the Constitutional Convention ended, George Washington commented to Marquis de Lafayette, February 7, 1788: “With regard to the two great points (the pivots on which the whole machine must move) my creed is simply: First, That the general Government is not invested with more powers than are indispensably necessary to perform functions of a good government …”

Secondly, That these powers … are so distributed among the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches … that it can never be in danger of degenerating into a … despotic or oppressive form; so long as there shall remain any virtue in the body of the People …”

(I think President Washington would vomit at the state of affairs today.)

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