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The popularity of the readers "blog" on the Register's Web site makes me wonder. What if ... the Founding Fathers had this to
Matt Westerhold
May 24, 2010

The popularity of the readers "blog" on the Register's Web site makes me wonder.

What if ... the Founding Fathers had this to deal with when they gathered for the Constitutional Convention?

They wouldn't have been called bloggers back then. The quills and ink wells they used might have led them to become known as "quillers," and the notes they penned (posted) without attribution and sent into the convention might have changed history.

GOD DON’T SAVE THE KING wrote on May 25, 1787 10:00 AM:

“All you people here at the ‘convention’ who think you’re more important than all the other Americans better remember we don’t want another King George.”

KNOWS EVERYTHING wrote on MAY 25, 1787 10:03 AM:

“This is nothing more than a coronation for Gen. George Washington. I heard them talking about it last week during a work session. ‘We want our own King George.’ That’s exactly what Mr. Thomas Jefferson of Virginia said.”

SOMEWHAT COMMITTED wrote on MAY 25, 1787 10:07 AM:

“Mr. Thomas Jefferson wants to make General George Washington king? I meant to go to that work session, but it happened at five hours past noon and I didn’t get off work until seven hours past noon. I’ll make sure all of us who really care know about this.”

GOD DON’T SAVE THE KING wrote on MAY 25, 1787 11:20 AM:

“I heard the constable at the door to Freedom Hall is a real cowboy cop and is not allowing anyone who really cares about the new government inside Freedom Hall.”

VOICE OF REASON wrote on MAY 25, 1787 11:28 AM:

“The constable was hired to keep order at the door. He’s required to make sure everyone who participates registers and gives their name. Please, stop spreading misinformation. This is too important for our future.”

CITIZENS SPOKESMAN wrote on MAY 25, 1787 11:45 AM:

“I used to work for that constable. He made me lose my job because he didn’t like my pony tail. He’s no good, that constable. No good. Take it from me. I guess it’s OK with him though that Mr. Thomas Jefferson of Virginia has a pony tail. The constable didn’t ask Mr. Jefferson, whose only goal is to make George Washington KING of the Americas, to leave his pony tail at the door.”

SOMEWHAT COMMITTED wrote on MAY 25, 1787 2:40 PM:

“The conventioners have made George Washington KING? I’ll make sure all of us who really care know about this.”

USED TO BE A CLERK wrote on MAY 28, 1787 10:38 AM:

“Well, the ‘conventioners’ are coming back in today. I’m hoping we can get the citizens committee together to make sure they do what we think is right.”

CITIZENS SPOKESMAN wrote on MAY 28, 1787 11:45 AM:

“We better get moving so we can save the townsfolks.”

ALL ARE EVIL EXCEPT ME wrote on MAY 28, 1787 11:59 AM:

“I’m behind you. The constable’s the problem. When all this comes out, everybody will know.”

TRYING TO MAKE SENSE OF IT wrote on MAY 28, 1787 12:03 PM:

“Everybody will know what, ALL ARE EVIL?”

ALL ARE EVIL EXCEPT ME wrote on MAY 28, 1787 12:15 PM:

“About all of the stuff the constable’s done ... I can’t talk about this now ... because of the lawsuit.”

VOICE OF REASON wrote on MAY 28, 1787 12:30 PM:

“This isn’t about the constable, folks. It’s about good government. Let’s keep the focus on what Mr. Jefferson of Virginia and Mr. Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and the others want to accomplish ... a constitution!!!”

CITIZENS SPOKESMAN wrote on MAY 28, 1787 2:48 PM:

“Mr. Benjamin Franklin? Whoa boy. You can’t trust him. He’s a newspaperman.”

MRS. SILENCE DOGOOD wrote on MAY 28, 1787 3:11 PM:

“That Mr. Benjamin Franklin is a very nice man. Let him do his work.”

GOD DON’T SAVE THE KING wrote on JUNE 4,1787 11:22 AM:

“It got real heated in the convention today.”

USED TO BE A CLERK wrote on JUNE 4, 1787 1:42 PM:

“The citizens committee ganged up on Mr. Thomas Jefferson and cut off his pony tail.”

CITIZENS SPOKESMAN wrote on JUNE 4, 1787 2:48 PM:

“Hey, I’m the spokesman.”

VOICE OF REASON wrote on JUNE 4, 1787 2:50 PM:

“But you were fired by the constable. Are you really an unbiased party SPOKESMAN?”

CITIZENS SPOKESMAN wrote on JUNE 4, 1787 2:52 PM:

“I wasn’t fired. They just stopped paying me.”

GOD DON’T SAVE THE KING wrote on JUNE 4, 1787 2:59 PM:

“Mr. Thomas Jefferson left Freedom Hall in a huff. Said he wasn’t going to write anything for this group and he blamed the ‘quillers.’ The whole convention broke up.”

VOICE OF REASON wrote on JUNE 4, 1787 3:31 PM:

“What? There’s not going to be a federal constitution? No great document? No living, breathing, greatest form of government ever invented?”

ALL ARE EVIL EXCEPT ME wrote on June 4, 1787 3:40 PM:

“It’s all that constable’s fault. When this all comes out, you’ll see. It’s all that cowboy constable’s fault. When it all comes out ... I can’t talk about this now ... because of the lawsuit.”