Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – In the last two weeks, I have immersed myself in research for a short film I want to make. I’ve been wanting to make it since 2009 when I stumbled on this story, a very obscure story about how the effort to stop ratification of the Constitution was intentionally sabotaged. There is no doubt in my mind that it was intentionally sabotaged. The challenge is to try and figure out who it was that did the sabotaging. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
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Mike: In the last two weeks, I have immersed myself in research for a short film I want to make. I’ve been wanting to make it since 2009 when I stumbled on this story, a very obscure story about how the effort to stop ratification of the Constitution was intentionally sabotaged. There is no doubt in my mind that it was intentionally sabotaged. The challenge is to try and figure out who it was that did the sabotaging. We’ll get into that in the short film tentatively titled “Fifty Feet Away.”
In order to try to piece this together as a modern-day detective, I have to go and find and then read dozens and dozens if not hundreds, hell it may be a thousand, correspondence between those that were engaged in the battle over ratification. Again, it is the most humbling experience an American citizen can ever enter upon save for going into a confessional and professing to the priest and Almighty God your transgressions. That is the ultimate humbling experience. The citizen or civic ultimate humbling experience is to read the correspondence of 18th-century men.
As a matter of fact, I challenge you to do it and emerge on the other side with the same jilted, “everything is about race and equality” point of view that you have today. You will be disavowed of that, and you will certainly be disavowed that our federal character ever was meant to be used as a tool to those ends, or almost all the other ends that you will find. You will find ample warning, warning after warning after warning, of what’s going to happen if this monstrosity called the Constitution is ratified without being amended. Someone should write a book about this. I would, but no one would buy it. People would say they’d buy it but they wouldn’t buy it. I’ll just talk about it here on the radio.
As a matter of fact, in today’s Pile of Prep, I have a great quote. How many of you know who Richard Henry Lee is? R.H. Lee was the gentleman that proposed the Lee Resolution. Perhaps you’ve heard of this. I can recite it off the top of my head: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved. That they may do all the things that states may of right do, including contract peace, war, form alliances.
Mike Church Show Transcript – Richard Henry Lee’s Resolution, Catalyst for Declaration Of Independence
That’s Lee. The legal part of the Declaration of Independence was the handiwork of a buy named Richard Henry Lee of Virginia. In the ratification struggle, Lee is writing to the great Samuel Adams, Boston Tea Party Samuel Adams. In his last letter to Adams, after ratification, Lee wrote this: “Tis really astonishing that the same people who have just emerged from a long and cruel war in defense of liberty, should now agree to fix an elective despotism upon themselves and their posterity.” Pray tell, fair listener, what was the despotism that Richard Henry Lee of the Lee Resolution, the legal part of the Declaration of Independence, what was the despotism that Lee thought those men had just fixed upon themselves and their posterity? It is what we know today as the U.S. Constitution.
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