8 thoughts on “The Word From the Trenches – January 27, 2020

    1. thanks Katie for asking

      I am currently reading ‘The CONstitution That Never Was…how the American People have been CONNED by Lawyers’ by Ralph Boryszewski

  1. Amos Singletary, delegate to the Massachusetts Ratification Convention, 1788

    “We contended with Great Britain–some said for a three-penny duty on tea; but it was not that. It was because they claimed a right to tax us and bind us in all cases whatever. And does not this Constitution do the same? Does it not take away all we have–all our property? Does it not lay all taxes, duties, imposts, and excises? And what more have we to give?

    They tell us Congress won’t lay dry [direct] taxes upon us, but collect all the money they want by impost [import duties]. I say, there has always been a difficulty about impost…. They won’t be able to raise money enough by impost, and then they will lay it on the land and take all we have got.

    These lawyers, and men of learning, and moneyed men, that talk so finely and gloss over matters so smoothly, to make us poor illiterate people swallow down the pill, expect to get into Congress themselves. They expect to be the managers of this Constitution, and get all the power and all the money into their own hands. And then they will swallow up all of us little folks, like the great Leviathan, Mr. President; yes, just as the whale swallowed up Jonah. This is what I am afraid of….”

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