At 11:03 PM 6/26/98 EDT, you wrote:
>Martin Burns wrote:
>>* Note on Founding Fathers - I'm not sure I like the deification
>>of them by some; it's fairly clear that when they wrote the
>>Constitution, they had in mind that the 'all' it would benefit
>>was 'all' those who were like them - rich male white landowners.
>>Pretty much like anyone with that amount of power.
>Maybe you should sit down and read the documents before passing judgement on
>them and the men who wrote them. If you can find anything in the Declaration
>of Independence, the Constitution, or the Bill of Rights that specifically
>grants benefits to rich male white landowners, then you'll have some basis for
>making this statement. You won't find it.
Okay, how about:
1. Allowing slavery (not mentioned, but part of the status quo)
2. Not allowing women to vote
3. Property qualification for voting to keep the landless, urban workers,
and others from having a say (a Federalist quote: "Those who own the
country should run it.")
4. Excluding Native Americans from any participation, and within a few
years removing them to the wild, wild west
In all these ways the founders did not *say* they were establishing a
government by rich white males. They just assumed that that's how it should
be, and enshrined their system in accordance.