March 18, 2010
Framework and Purpose:
Governmental Concerns Working Together Turning To The
Enlightenment Movement For Cohesive Answers
Establishing a framework for a government requires some direction or purpose behind said government. In order to build a form of transportation, one must know the direction in which to move, whether that be on land or sea or in the air. The framework or form of this vehicle has a continuing conversation with the purpose. This conversation and connection between framework and purpose allows for some give and take back and forth amid the two. They work together to create a concept behind the vehicle or government. This concept is broad enough to encompass the whole vehicle, but it is also precise enough to give a purpose and tailor a vehicle for an explicit task. The Founding Era saw a need for a specifically customized purpose and encompassing framework for a new government to be built upon past governments, individual liberties, and Enlightenment ideas.
By revolting and separating from England, the colonies had completed the first step of establishing the new foundation by removing the previous overarching government. At this point in time, the founders could agree on what they wanted the comprehensive motivation and direction of the new government to be, but the framework was another subject that needed to be handled with a bit more care. The founders could agree that they all “endorsed popular sovereignty, natural law, mixed government, and a pastoral lifestyle,” however, they disagreed on how to go about creating and framing their new structure. The Founder’s emphasis on popular sovereignty and the people’s consent within the government draws from within the Enlightenment movement from the core values of questioning, categorizing, and applying reason while also pulling from various other ideas and conclusions of other...