The Washington Post

By Tatianna Rowlett

The Articles of Confederation are abolished!

The ideals of our fair-minded political and philosophical leaders are revealed!

Once using the "Articles of Confederation," these great states have converted to a new set of laws that speak volumes within our communities.

Among the great peoples of the Constitutional Convention of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sir George Washington and Sir James Madison are the most revered and respected. Among many others' ideals, a new plan for the change of government is upon us!

Our Three Branches of Government

Once before, the Articles of Confederation, provided our oral practice of law between these years of 1781 and 1789, established upon us only one, unstable and unintelligible branch of government: legislative.

Now, we are given the structural three equally authoritative branches: judicial, legislative, and executive. These are all used in union to establish, evaluate, and enforce the laws of our founding fathers.

The great peoples of the Convention share their minds!

With the several instituted changes of the Articles of Confederation, Sir James Madison, a delegate and proud member of the Constitutional Convention, had proposed his Virginia Plan, in which three branches of government would be instituted, and two house legislatures are provided dependent on the state's population, in favor of the larger of the states.

"There is as yet no liberty if the power of judging be not separated from legislative power and the executrix," says Sir Montesquieu of the time of Enlightenment

The separation of powers is a strong and telling action of these intelligible individuals we know as our leaders, both politically and philosophically. All three branches are, as stated prior, are no more or less authoritative than the last. None shall hold more power or overpower the other.

The wrongs of the Articles of Confederation

Adopted at the end of the American Revolution, these Articles of Confederation are mostly inadequate and unjust. We were constituted a weak national government, with power little to none, Congressman were powerless and given no right to regulate commerce and tax us fairly; among our states was no common currency, prohibiting us from using our dollars in a state different of ours.

Furthermore, and the most intolerable of these, is the inequality among the states regarding their number of votes, negligent of the population of that state. And finally, the inexcusable absence of a stable, equally powered, and like-minded government. Lacking the judicial and executive branches, we are unable to establish the prosperous communities in which we need cemented in this growing nation.

One slave, only 3/5 of a man

Whilst determining the number of assigned representatives per state, each slave was counted 3/5 of a man, not explicitly as a man, but moreover as property.

Or more expansively, for every five bondsman, only three are accounted for. This documentation was a proposal to the states by Sir Madison concerning the Virginia Plan, on the year 1787.

This monumental Bill of Rights

Fathered by the great James Madison, the Bill of Rights is a document containing the prohibitions of the government's hand. These rights are used prominently as the first ten amendments of the Constitution, also written by Sir Madison.

On the faithful day of December 15, 1791, this document was set in stone upon the principles in so which it states that the order of the government may not withhold our liberties to the freedom of speech and press, the right to bear arms, and several other freedoms laid upon the withering soul of our nation.

"Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth." -George Washington

In this land we seek solace from our wounded brethren and sisters. It is from this we take all that is profoundly given with such a gratitude, that the air around us be it so cold. These fine documents expose the truths that have been buried in the ground for years, and the grievances of these persons are irrevocable, impossible to misunderstand, and challenging.

The government in which we would have stood wearily beneath, has taught us as Americans a lesson that require no speech. It is, in fact, the triumphant acts of warriors, that these words are not written in vain.

And so be it that God and his merciful hand had endowed us with the knowledge to be not the servants of a king, but his servants nonetheless. It is by his bindings that we here today breathe in relief.

"Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives." -James Madison

Our nation was built on the foundation of prosperity, a nation strong and whole, with the hands of Almighty God bound upon it. I write these testimonies not in vain, but for the well-being and the structure of our standing.

My positions in this world are not as significant as that of yours. The people who have made this possible stand taller and bolder than I. From what I can convey of this wounded place, is the nature of the violence and chaos that overtook it. Yet, bravery and triumph are the stepping stones to our freedom.

Placed upon this country is not the plain look of defeat, but the courtesies of God and his followers. I had founded the Constitution in the hopes of gaining understanding from these persons. The graves of the dead are buried deep under this sky of ashes and the pain that flows in them. We are not a grieving people, but a victorious people, our lives crafted in the golds and silvers of the earth, although not living lavishly, freedom rings as loud as our hearts.