These "piece of paper" arguments bother me SO much. I am going to take the time to write herein a LARGE portion of Benjamen Franklin's closing speech at the Constitutional Convention, 9/27/1787.
" I confess that there are several parts of this constitution which I do not at present approve, but I am not sure I shall never approve them: For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged by better information, or fuller consideration, to change opinion even on important subjects, which once I thought right, but found to be otherwise. It is therefore that the older I grow, the more apt I am to doubt my own judgement, and to pay more respect to the judgement of others. [...........................]
[..] as a certain French lady, who, in a dispute with her sister said "I don't know how it happens, Sister, but I meet with no body but myself, that's always in the right."
In these sentiments, I agree to this constitution with all of its faults, if they are such, because I think a general government necessary for us, and there is no form of government but what may be a blessing to the people if well administered, and believe further that this IS likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in Despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other. I doubt too whether any other Convention we can obtain, maybe able to make a better Constitution." [............]
There is, of course, much more that bears repeating but it is probably only of interest for those who go look for more. I just want to say that those people at this convention gave MONTHS of their time and energy to craft this, striving for the MOST perfect document EVER, to run a country, and tried their best to put aside their personal prejudices, opinions, interests and selfish views. I hope this helps to bring a little of their sacrifice and unbelievably difficult and lengthy work to the forefront, so you can see what sort of "piece of paper" this actually was.
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