Independence Day — A look back in history| Washington, 1889

It is precisely because we celebrate our Independence this weekend that I was motivated to learn about Washington State’s early history that led to the ratification of our Washington State Constitution. In fact our Constitution mandates, at ARTICLE 1, SECTION 32 FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES, A frequent recurrence to fundamental principles is essential to the security of individual right and the perpetuity of free government.

These are some of the things I learned …

Did you know that Washington’s constitution was drafted by a mostly REPUBLICAN comprised convention?

Did you know that ‘government corruption’ and the fear of ‘monopoly powers’ dominated the conversation of the delegates of 1889?

Did you know that the 1889 delegates, in all the topics considered in all of their debates, studied the constitutions drafted by states like New Jersey, New York … as they worked to draft our constitution; and by noting the FAILURES of those state’s to stem the racketeering influences of large corporations and eliminate favoritism stemming from the greed and corruption of their elected officials tried NOT to repeat those shortcomings?

Did you know that the ‘trust’ underpinning these delegates in their hope of stemming corruption and favoritism, as they debated and drafted our constitution, was in the “oversight” that three independent branches of government would provide?

Did you know that these delegates wanted to work from a clean slate of laws and principles so as to be rid of legal and legislative baggage carried over from England and early American law that still infects our Federal legal system? These delegates felt that these “hereditary” customs never provided long-term security for “individual rights”?

… Just wonder what these 1889 delegates would do different if they could only know that 44-years later, the Washington State Bar Association would commandeer our Judicial Branch, and Government labor unions – the largest monopoly powers in Washington State would control the ‘legislative and executive’ branches of government?

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  1. During the bicentennial, the Secretary of State had a web site about the constitution and stated his office could no longer certify it, since there was uncertainty as to which of the two constitutions were the property one.

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