Category Archives: Ratification

The Three Virginia’s




As James Madison leaves New York City to stand for election to the Virginia Ratification Convention, he is troubled. Overall, the nation is moving towards Ratification, but major hurdles remain, including New York, Maryland and of course, his home State of Virginia. If Virginia and New York reject ratification, the entire enterprise could be placed in doubt.

In Virginia, he finds the distasteful process of just getting elected to the Convention an annoyance. And if he gets elected, he will face off against the man who many believe is the greatest orator of all time, Patrick Henry.

Henry has made it clear that he will not support ratification. Or maybe he will? This is the real issue in Virginia, the three positions taken by the various partisan sides.

First are the Federalists, led by Madison. They support ratification as is. Next come the slightly-anti-Federalists, led by such men as Randolph and Mason, who will support ratification IF, and that is a big IF, they can get amendments included which they believe will safeguard individual rights.

Thirdly, there is Kentucky. Currently it is part of Virginia. Madison has been fighting a loosing battle in Congress for the last two years to make her a State in her own right, but the inertial resistance has led many in Kentucky and around the South in general to believe that the proposed Constitution is little more than a Northern power grab.

And overarching it all is Patrick Henry. There are rumors that he has his own ideas about what Virginia should do. Nobody is certain, but the evidence seems to lead to the conclusion that he would not be displeased if Virginia fails to ratify. Where there is smoke, there is fire, and Madison has to find a way to extinguish Henry’s opposition… 


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Cold Water



Just to be clear, Dave isn’t “down on the Holidays.” In fact, if you’re looking for a special project to help the less fortunate, HERE is a great project to help the homeless in one of America’s great Cities and home to another Podcaster friend…

SEGMENT – COLD WATER (08:34)

The ARA San Juan is officially lost with all hands. The latest updates on what might have happened – and again, it’s just speculation; informed speculation, but still just speculation – are the kind of stuff that keeps Dave up at night.


SEGMENT – A RAY OF SUNSHINE (28:45)

As the weaponized use of the Sexual Misconduct Charge spreads, there comes a moment when we are forced to ask a simple question. No longer do we need to contemplate how this happened or even why? We know those answers. What we have to ask ourselves is what do we do now?

Meanwhile the State Legislature of California admits that there have been a “number” of investigations and settlements (tax payer funded), it refuses to allow any information about that settlements or investigations to be released to the public, under the “Open Records Act” which isn’t.

The biggest single reason why this has gone on so long will surprise you. And it’s something that, in a completely unrelated arena, I have complained about for many, many years.


SEGMENT – THE MADISON YOU DON’T KNOW (48:45)

Back in 2011ish, I was… let’s just call it “dis-invited” from participating in the local Tea Party. Why? Frankly it was because I dared to say that President Obama was correct on a particular issue. This was outrageous to the group, and they no longer wanted to have “Constitution Corner” as a part of their meetings.

They didn’t want to hear the truth, they wanted to hear what made them happy and what fit their own preconceived bias about what the Constitution says and means.

As a part of that, one of the phrases they used over and again was “The Values of the Founders,” by which they specifically meant people like Washington, Jefferson and of course, the Father of the Constitution, James Madison. Those values, naturally, completely agreed with what the group stated as their own.

The problem is, as if you couldn’t guess, that a realistic look at James Madison might have upset more than a few Tea Partiers.

Guess it was a good thing I hadn’t gotten to the Ratification Debates before I got tossed, eh?


Safety in Numbers



As the debates rolled on, the nation considered many elements of the proposed Constitution. In Rhode Island there was grave concern over the idea that the State would not be able to print its own paper currency. In Virginia the Kentucky Counties worried about the navigational rights on the Mississippi River. But nearly everyone agreed on one issue – the idea that if the nation went to war, it would be stronger united than not.

On April 6, 1917, Congress gathered to vote on whether or not the United States should declare war on Imperial Germany. Four days earlier President Woodrow Wilson had made it clear that the United States was needed and ready for the fight against an evil and depraved monarchy that chose war over peace and threatened the entire world. But, he made he clear, that it would not be, it could not be, his decision alone to send the US into World War I.

Despite the changes in the world since 1787, one thing remained the same. It was that one thing that the Framers had in their prescience foreseen: that no one person should ever be allowed to take the US to war.

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