The Founding Fathers were, colloquial speaking, drop-outs. They were people who understood through first hand experience what it was like to live under regimes and systems dominated by an elite composed of the Aristocracy, the Clergy and the Bankers. They were men of principle who wanted to live with their on kind, who wanted the freedom to believe, speak, and to pursue their lives without the constant interference by the State.
They came to a new land, formed communities which in the natural course became colonies. Since they were far from the Mother Country, they were also from the bankers. Since they had no money of their own, they used gold and silver coins from the different countries with which they traded. They prospered to such an extent that the Mother country soon became jealous of their success and wanted the lion's share of their trade. Tax upon tax was levied until it became so burdensome that the colonists rebelled.
The most important concept they brought with them to this land was the personal ownership of property. Before their independence, the land belonged to the King. After their independence, the ownership of the land had to pass somewhere, so it passed to each individual freeman who worked it or who had been granted it. Every man became "king of his own turf. For mutual protection these "kings", who made up the inhabitants of the various former colonies, formed a loose Confederation patterned after that of the Five Nations of the Iroquois.
Since the king never lays a tax upon himself, and they were all
"kings", it was agreed that the tax would be only upon goods that came in from the outside. This would be used to raise revenue to run the very limited government they created. The right to earn one's livelihood by honest means was considered an inalienable right given by God to the individual; therefore, it could not be taxed.
If the state were to put a claim upon a man's labor, that would be tantamount to indentured servitude or slavery. Property rights, the inalienable right to the fruits of one's labor and freedom from interference by the government, the clergy and the banking establishment are basics concepts that formed the Original Intent of the Founding Fathers.
The Founders of this nation tried to embody in a political document all of the elements necessary to afford maximum freedom for the individual. To emphasize the fact that these freedoms, which they believed were God-given and not privileges granted to by the King or the
State, they added the First Ten Amendments to the Constitution which are known as the Bill of Rights. These Amendments were to be a further chain upon the actions of the politicians who are elected to public office. A true interpretation of the Bill of Rights would be that the members of Congress do not have permission even to discuss let alone legislate upon issues that fall outside their delegated authority by the Constitution.
Ever since the successful rebellion by the colonists, the forces of tyranny and greed have been at work trying to sabotage the new government. They continue to this day, and have 99.9%
A Thumbnail Sketch of Events that Led to the Creation of
the united States of America.
If we wish to return to constitutional government, we must first determine the original intent of the Founding Fathers when they drafted the Constitution. We must take into account the experiences they brought with them from the Old World for they determined their original intent.