American History - title Essay

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With the creation of the American constitution of 1787 came the establishment of a system in which the government and the private sector grew hand in hand towards nothing none other than elitism. To say that such a constitution is “just” would require one to be blind to the truth; naturally an elitist system could only be just to those who benefit from it, in this case those within the government as well as those in the realm of wealth. In depth, it is because of the creditor class of the time that the need to gain and control, that the hijacking of the constitution and the restructuring or rather obliteration of the articles of confederation was permitted. While the constitution was not aiming to merely support the rich and suppress the poor, it sought to create a strong government through which a small elitist group could work from within and outside of the government and fulfill positions of power to forge matters in their favor. From simply analyzing the intentions that led to the creation of the constitution, and the type of people who created it, as well as the numerous features within it, shows us the true elitist intent of it all.

Eleven years before the constitution came to be, the creditor class was threatened and frightened by fear of the majority, in this case, the poor. Due to this fear, they felt the need to formulate a system that would assure them safety and tranquility through the creation of a constitution that would guarantee them a new and strong national government. The constitution of 1787 would essentially create the partnership between the government elite and the private sector elite. The fact that these two would be able to combat and benefit from each other without having to go against each other in reality, even if in appearance it appeared differently, which is what essentially made all the more convenient. The elite and the existing institutions of the time could not allow the weak government prevailing before 1787 to exist any longer. As it is stated in Pg.50 (TEXT), “This system obviously favors the elite for if the economy is to flourish, the elite must do well.” The fact that in the eleven years before the soon to be prevailing groups were being threatened was to such events as Shay’s rebellion and the emergence of inflation due to the valueless money circulating around. One can make it a matter of fact or at the very least assume that the elitists would not let their wealth and power be threatened by the “poor” and “uneducated” masses. It would be much more convenient for them to revive the idea of general mistrust of a central government in a country of separate states.
The creditor class would naturally twist all this into a way that would benefit them. As is stated in Pg.50 (TEXT), “Capitalist theory maintains that the health of the economy is intricately tied to the well being of the creditor class. It claims that capital should be maintained in the hands of a few with the idea that resources will eventually trickle down to the masses; therefore, it is essential that a few are doing well.” With this at hand, it is not unimaginable that this would be the essential motive leading to the creation of the constitution of 1787.

Those responsible for the creation of the constitution of 1787 were none other than fifty-five representatives from 12 different states. The creators of the constitution fall into very distinct categories that in fact where nothing close to what the majority of the country was at that time, nor did they by any means have remotely similar or any sort of first hand experience of the perils of the average American. These creators were nothing but old white men who came from financially enriched or stable backgrounds that were educated and experienced in politics, as well as engaged in the works of being creditors, lawyers, merchants and even plantation owners. These men believed in order and stability that suggested from the very beginning that they were after