Democracy was not their goal.
I particularly enjoyed the insights as to the characters and personalities of this group - we now call our Founding Fathers.
And let the people's motto ever be, United thus, and thus united, free! Some folks here in Washington wonder why the Chief Justice of the United States has retired from the bench to organize a thoughtful commemoration of the th anniversary of the Constitution, but it may be one of the most useful assignments of his long career.
For those who wonder where we came from and where we're going, for those who are troubled by the problems of the present age, the Chief Justice finds a remedy in the ''sensible and popular writings'' of the Philadelphia convention.
I would be happy to borrow them my dog-eared copy. Bryan: Your honor. It is painfully apparent, if you have been following politics in the last 5 years, that many of our policitians today including our "Constitutional Scholar" President Mr.
Provided, of course, he gets the cooperation of the people and particularly of parents and teachers for the celebration of what both Washington and Madison called ''the miracle at Philadelphia. But even those issues that are long since settled--whether new states should be admitted to the union as equals of the original 13, for example, or whether the President should have a veto over acts of Congress--remind us that the entire structure was created from whole cloth.
Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were out of the country during the convention, but the other big names of the Revolutionary period were there.