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George Mason is often forgotten by modern American's. He had a long and distinguished career in Virginia politics. He penned Virginia's Declaration of Rights in 1776, that were widely copied in other colonies, served as a model for Jefferson in the first part of the Declaration of Independence, and was the basis for the federal Constitution's Bill of Rights. He was a Constitution Convention Delegate from Virginia.

At Philadelphia in 1787 Mason was one of the five most frequent speakers at the Constitutional Convention. He exerted great influence, but during the last 2 weeks of the convention he decided not to sign the Constitution.

Mason's refusal was a genuine surprise given that he was so closely linked with constitutionalism. He explained his reasons at length, citing the absence of a declaration of rights as his primary concern. He then discussed the provisions of the Constitution point by point, beginning with the House of Representatives. The House he criticized as not truly representative of the nation, the Senate as too powerful. He also claimed that the power of the federal judiciary would destroy the state judiciaries, render justice unattainable, and enable the rich to oppress and ruin the poor. These fears led Mason to conclude that the new government was destined to either become a monarchy or fall into the hands of a corrupt, oppressive aristocracy.
 
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Mr. Mason is our forgotten founding father, and give us the bill of rights and especially the second amendment.

He refused to sign the constitution because it did not contain the Bill of Rights originally. They went back and put in later by then he had passed away.

He’s one of my quiet forgotten heroes.

Thank you for posting this.
 

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Yes, George Mason is often forgotten. He and Thomas Jefferson were wonderful Hell-raisers, and knew the National government was BS, even federal government, among others.

Andrew Jackson is also an often forgotten Hell-raiser.
 

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He was right about a good many things, especially about The Senate being too powerful, as well as the federal judiciary, and many other countless things that he was right about.

I don't think that he was a prophet so much, is he was incredibly intelligent and was basically unafraid to take his Superior logic and reason out to its natural ends, seeing how federalism and even nationalism would help destroy individual freedom.
 

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He was right about a good many things, especially about The Senate being too powerful, as well as the federal judiciary, and many other countless things that he was right about.

I don't think that he was a prophet so much, is he was incredibly intelligent and was basically unafraid to take his Superior logic and reason out to its natural ends, seeing how federalism and even nationalism would help destroy individual freedom.
I wonder if it would be any different if senators were still appointed rather than elected.
 
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