A New Constitution

‘Mr Franklin the country is falling apart. We have no money, New Orleans is closed to trade and pirates attack our ships with impunity, Government is totally paralyzed no one can raise money or pay off our loans to foreign countries’.

‘Yes Mr Madison, the states seem intent on destroying our dream of a great nation with their petty self-interest. What we need is a strong central Government and Legislature who can raise money and put the interests of the whole country before their own’.

‘But Mr Franklin, I do not believe that the States will give up their Primacy for the betterment of America. They are run by people of small minds and small dreams, content with power for themselves’.

‘James, America could be a great country, with a fine Army and Navy to protect our commercial interests, but it costs money’.

‘Perhaps Mr Franklin, we could call together all the parties who wish to make our country great and convene a Constitutional Convention to draft a New Constitution’?

‘That seems a really good idea, If we could build a strong Congress that would pass laws to make this country expand and grow, take in all the suffering humanity of the World, and get rid of slavery’.

‘I believe that would be difficult. So many people here are dependant on slavery for their wealth, plus some of the states would just break away. It’s possible that we could delay that decision for twenty years, it would allow states to adjust gradually’.

‘A very good idea. I am sure that with all the checks and balances in place we will never again be in this situation of financial disaster and our country will be economically strong. I am certain that the Congress of the New United States will never fail in its duty to raise sufficient taxes and not spend more than it raises’.

‘We must look forward to a safe and prosperous future’.

Virginia  1786.

About michaeldouglasbosc

I am retired and live with my wife on a small olive finca in the middle of a forest in the mountains of Spain in Catalonya. I served 9years in the armed services, am an engineer and because of my love of navy sailing ships a naval historian of the 1700-1800's, plus the author of 10 books. When I retired I started writing adult books my first being A Soldiers Wind. Then came Stanley's story again adult books such was his life. Another book on life in the 1950's this very much an adult book. I have now returned to my love of the sea and my latest navy book 'A Plymouth Story' follows the life of Dr James Blackstock. But Clearing In The Forest is an historical fantasy set in the middle ages at the end of King Johns reign. All the books are published on Kindle and Create a Space in paperback. I have worked all my life and for relaxation I sailed a coastal yacht for many years, but deep inside me was a writer waiting to get out. So when I retired I started writing I find story telling both relaxing and - for me - a pleasure.
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