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Benjamin Franklin at the Constitutional Convention
Assembled at the State House were men who could hardly be counted on to agree about anything. The only uniting force they had was their disdain for the policies and actions of King George III and the Imperial Government in the Court of Saint James. Yet now, with the Revolution over and the 13 former colonies, now states, looking to form their own government the task was a daunting one. Patrick Henry, the former governor of Virginia whose battle cry of Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death would give new meaning to the struggle, would refuse to attend, weary of what would be passed. The Virginia Plan, the New Jersey Plan, the Hamilton Plan, they would threaten to tear the Constitutional Convention apart. Then would rise Benjamin Franklin, the elder statesman from Pennsylvania to give his passionate speech in defense of the new document. To his brothers now assembled he would plead put not your trust in yourself or your judgment but understand we are all infallible. This Constitution may not be perfect but it is as near perfect as we will find this side of heaven. Sign it, show your unanimity, let not our enemies watch as we falter and fall, set to strive, cutting each others throats as they all predicted we would. As we look around today and see such a flagrant disregard for the Constitution, for its weight and meaning, Franklin's plea takes on new meaning for us, yet it still sets the standard by which we should be guided by. Trust not in your own infallibility but look to the ...
Robert Crouch, the former operator of Meadow Brooke Memorial Gardens Cemetery in King George, who was freed from prison in June after the Virginia Court of Appeals overturned his five felony convictions for obtaining money by false pretenses, has been ordered to pay $22,500 in fines for failing to deposit money in trust accounts.