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    that the Bill of Rights was championed as much out of concern for the rights of everyday non-privileged people as for the privileges of privileged elites such as Mason, who feared for their property and prerogatives AS rich and powerful people from the encroachments of a too-powerful federal government.

    My reading of the history of that era is that it was as much (if not ultimately less so, in practice) about a debate about the best way to construct and run a government for the common interest as it was for the interests of rich and powerful elites who, it cannot be denied, were the driving force behind the revolution and early republic (and arguably ever since then).

    The odd phenomenon of rich and powerful elites convincing everyday people to rally to their cause even though their interests often clash in practice through the clever and opportunistic exploitation of abstract notions of "freedom" can be traced to demagogues like Mason, Henry and Jefferson.

    Be careful whom you lionize, and why. Mason and Paine came to their similar-seeming ideas from very different places and motivations.

    "Those who stand for nothing fall for anything...Mankind are forever destined to be the dupes of bold & cunning imposture" --Alexander Hamilton

    by kovie on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 11:58:51 AM PDT

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