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Monday, September 19, 2005

'A Nationalist Before the Birth of the Nation'

American historian George Grant posts about an obscure, but important figure in the building of a nation.

Father of the Constitution

His words are among the most recognizable of any of the Founding Fathers,
We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union,
establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense,
promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves
and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United
States of America.


Gouverneur Morris (1752-1816), who was primarily responsible for the final draft of the Constitution was also an eloquent, though sometimes windy, speaker, and members of the New York legislature, the Constitutional Convention, and the Senate were often swayed by his masterful blend of logic, wit, and imagination. Although he had strong aristocratic tendencies, and as late as 1774 wrote, 'It is in the interest of all men to seek for reunion with the parent state,' in 1776 Morris spoke in the New York legislature on behalf of the colonies and against the King. He early recognized the need for a united, strong national congress. Of Morris, historian David Muzzey wrote, "he was a nationalist before the birth of the nation".
(read the rest, here)

For Albertans seeking independence, they may need to look back to the example of others who laid the groundwork for their new nation.

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