Thank White Men

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Those who follow Jesus walk above the stormy waters of politics. However, it is almost easier to walk on water than it is to discuss politics in a loving, respectful manner these days because of the love of most growing cold. Each day, ungratefulness increases around the world. Jesus promised such would happen. As Paul wrote in the New Testament. “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure, rather than lovers of God.” (2 Timothy 3:1-4).

Again, one aspect of the terrible times is being ungrateful. We see this among many who in their arrogance concerning their DNA boast and brag. And if they have no need to thank the white men who wrote the constitution of the United States. The constitution of the United States is unique in history. The constitution set in motion a series of events that overtook their faults and sins. So next someone who prides themselves on being the first on some DNA level to achieve in the United States. Let them be humble and grateful by thanking the white men who polished up the constitution of the United States. As God stated, “Give everyone what you owe him. If respect, then respect. If honor, then honor.” (Romans 13:7).

Now, a little back story on the constitution of the United States. A unique historic document and its signers. The US Constitution is one of the most important documents in world history. Even though it was written and enacted more than 200 years ago, it has stood the test of time. The delegates of the constitutional convention were true geniuses and we continue to benefit from their genius today. Because of this, I want to explore both the history of this seminal document and the people who signed it. Through this process, we can better understand their work and how they made America what it is today.

A brief history: So, let’s start with some basics. The US constitution is the supreme law of the land and stands as a testament to the political foresight and innovative thinking of its creators. The constitution has governed the United States since its adoption in 1787. And its significance lies in its establishment of a government framework that balances power between the national government and the states as well as within the branches of the federal government itself. The historical backdrop of the constitution began with the dissatisfaction of the nation’s founders of the Article of Confederation. Drafted in 1777 and ratified in 1781, the article served as the first governing document for the newly independent United States. However, it soon became apparent that the articles were inadequate in terms of providing a strong centralized government.

This led to the constitutional convention held in Philadelphia in 1787 where delegates 12 of the 13 states convened to revise the articles. The convention ultimately produced an entirely new document. The United States Constitution. The constitution introduced a system of checks and balances which divided power among the three branches of government. The legislative, the executive, and the judicial. This unique arrangement provided for a federal government that was strong enough to govern a growing nation but limited to prevent tyranny. Furthermore, the constitution established the principle of federalism which allowed for a balance of power between the states and the national government. In addition to its innovative political structure, the constitution is also unique in its flexibility.

The framers recognize that future generations might need to adapt the document to changing circumstances and they included a process for amending it. To date, there have been 27 amendments including the Bill of which comprises the first 10 amendments and guarantees individual liberties.

Signatories to the US Constitution: Overall, there were 55 delegates who attended the constitutional convention sessions. Having said that, only 39 actually signed the constitution. While some of these names may be familiar, there are others who you may be hearing of for the first time. Including what they did after signing the constitution.

1, George Washington, Virginia. Nationality, American. Age at signing, 55. After signing, served as the first president of the United States from 1789 to 1797.

2, James Madison, Virginia. Nationality, American. Age at signing, 36. After signing, served as the fourth president of the United States and is considered the father of the constitution.

3, Alexander Hamilton New York. Nationality, American, born in Nevis British West Indies. Age at signing, 32. After signing, served as the first secretary of the treasury and played a crucial role in the adoption of the constitution through his contributions to the federalist papers.

4, Benjamin Franklin Pennsylvania. Nationality, American. Age at signing, 81. After signing, continued to serve as a diplomat and statesman until his death in 1790.

5, William Samuel Johnson, Connecticut. Nationality, American. Age at signing, 60. After signing, served as the first president of Columbia College, now Columbia University, and later as a US senator from Connecticut. After signing, served as the first president of Columbia College, now Columbia and later as a US senator from Connecticut.

6, Richard Dobbs Spate, North Carolina. Nationality, American. Age at signing, 29. After signing, served as governor of North Carolina and a member of the US House of Representatives.

7, Charles Pinkney, South Carolina. Nationality, American. Age at signing, 29. After signing served as governor of South Carolina US Senator and US minister to Spain.

8, Charles Coatsworth Pinkney, South Carolina. Nationality, American. Age at signing 41. After signing, served as a major general in the US Army, US Minister to France and twice ran unsuccessfully for president.

9, Pierce Butler, South Carolina. Nationality: Irish American. Age at signing, 39. After signing, served as a US senator from South Carolina and later supported southern secession during the nullification crisis

10, Morris, Pennsylvania. Nationality, American. Age at signing, 35. After signing, served as US Minister to France and as a US senator from New York.

11, Rufus King, Massachusetts. Nationality, American. Age at signing, 32. After signing served as a US senator from New York US Minister to Great Britain and ran unsuccessfully for vice president and president

12, Roger Sherman, Connecticut. Nationality, American. Age at signing 66. After signing, served as a US representative and senator from Connecticut.

13, Robert Morris, Pennsylvania. Nationality: English American. Age at signing, 53. After signing, served as a US senator from Pennsylvania and faced financial ruin in his later years.

14, George Kleimer, Pennsylvania. Nationality, American. Age at signing, 37. After signing, served as a US representative from Pennsylvania and as the first president of the Philadelphia Bank.

15, James Wilson, Pennsylvania. Nationality: Scottish American. Age at signing, 45. After signing, served as an associate justice of the US Supreme Court and faced financial ruin and imprisonment for debt

16, Thomas Fitzsimmons, Pennsylvania. Nationality: Irish American. Age at signing, 43. After signing, served as a US representative from Pennsylvania a member of the Pennsylvania State Legislature and a prominent businessman in Pennsylvania.

17, Thomas Miffin, Pennsylvania. Nationality, American. Age at signing 44. After signing, served as governor of Pennsylvania and president of the continental congress.

18, Abraham Baldwin, Georgia. Nationality, American. Age at signing, 32. After signing, served as a US representative and senator from Georgia and founded the University of Georgia.

19, Richard Bassett, Delaware. Nationality, American Age at signing 44 after signing served as governor of Delaware and a US senator.

20, George Reed, Delaware. Nationality, American. Age at signing, 53. After signing, served as a US senator from Delaware and Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court.

21, Gunning Bedford Junior, Delaware. Nationality, American, Age at signing, 42. After signing, served as a federal judge on the US District Court for the District of Delaware.

22, John Dickinson, Delaware. Nationality American, Age at signing 55. After signing, served as President Governor of Delaware and Pennsylvania and authored a series of essays known as the letters from a farmer in Pennsylvania.

23, Jacob Broome Delaware. Nationality, American. Age at signing, 36. After signing, served as a prominent businessman and political leader in Wilmington Delaware

24, Jonathan Dayton, New Jersey. Nationality, American. Age at signing, 26. After signing, served as a US representative and senator from New Jersey and was involved in the Aaron Burr conspiracy.

15, David Brierley, New Jersey. Nationality, American. Age at signing 42 after signing served as the first chief justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court and as a delegate to the continental congress.

26, William Paterson, New Jersey. Nationality, American. Age at signing, 42. After signing, served as governor of New Jersey US Senator and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

27, William Livingston, New Jersey. Nationality, American. Age at signing, 63. After signing, continued serving as governor of New Jersey until his death in 1798.

28, Hugh Williamson, North Carolina. Nationality, American. Age at signing, 50. After signing, served as a US representative from North Carolina and as a physician scientist and writer.

29, William Blount, North Carolina. Nationality, American. Age at signing, 38. After signing, served as a US senator from Tennessee and was impuched by the House of Representatives on charges of treason but the Senate did not convict him.

30, James McHenry, Maryland. Nationality, Irish American. Age at signing, 34. After signing, served as the third US Secretary of War and the namesake of Fort McHenry which inspired the writing of the star-spangled banner.

31, Daniel Carroll, Maryland. Nationality, American. Age at signing, 41. After signing, served as a US representative from Maryland and was a commissioner for the District of Columbia

32, Daniel of Saint Thomas Jennifer, Maryland. Nationality, American. Age at signing, 55. After signing, served as the first president of the Maryland State Senate

33, Nicholas Gilman, New Hampshire. Nationality, American. Age at signing, 32. After signing, served as a US representative and senator from New Hampshire.

34, John Langdon. Nationality, American. Age at signing, 46. After signing, served as a US senator from New Hampshire and as governor of New Hampshire.

35, Nathaniel Gorham, Massachusetts. Nationality, American. Age at signing, 49. After signing, served as a real estate developer and a delegate to the Continental Congress.

36, William Few, Georgia. Nationality American. Age at signing, 34. After signing, served as a US senator from Georgia and later as a federal judge.

37 Jared Ingersoll, Pennsylvania. Nationality, American. Age at signing, 38. Served as Attorney General of Pennsylvania and as a US District Attorney.

38 James Rutledge, South Carolina. Nationality, American. Age at signing, 48. After signing, served as a South Carolina legislator and the first Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court.

39 John Blair. Nationality, American. Age at signing, 46. After signing, served as an associate judge of the US Supreme Court appointed by George Washington. He was one of the original 6 justices on the court. He was one of the original 6 justices on the court.

Let all submit to the constitution of the United States without perverting the meaning by which God established it. Let none be found to be ungrateful and perverts of jurisprudence. (Romans 13:1-2). Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebel against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted and those who do so will bring judgement on themselves.

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