If you don’t mention Freemasonry with GW Buttons, it would be like not mentioning the United States Mint when talking about coins.
Robert J. Silverstein
I think it is extremely important for collector’s of George Washington Inaugural buttons to understand how Freemasons in early America used their Masonic Constitution Articles to help James Madison draft the Bill of Rights and the United States Constitution. Since most of us are not Freemasons who have read the Masonic Constitution, we might not easily see the connection to Masonry as fast as we note the Masonic symbols on our Federal buildings. With both George Washington inaugural and New Nation Tribute buttons we see the Masonic reflection is hidden in “Plain Sight.” This form of artistry practice stemmed from the guild’s need to create new American insignia while providing a heraldry foundation. For the Founding Fathers and other prominent colonists of the era, Masonic Lodges were seen as the foothold of upward social and economic mobility. These neighborhood lodges were the most important and influential way for an individual of the “right family” to be educated in the various arts and mathematics. The sphere of political and social influence by these Masonic lodges produced 33 of George Washington’s Revolutionary Generals, and then later 13 of the thirty-nine signers of the U.S. Constitution. I mention these facts so one can understand how there was an unspoken secret alliance between Freemasons and the highest levels of state for our newly forming federal government. Meaning for a Freemason Statesmen, the alliance is with oneself and the wishes of the brothers in this network of Masonic Lodges. The idea being in the pursuit of happiness and a common goal for societal advancement for prosperity.
In colonial times, the members of a colonies trade union or guild was made-up of enlightened Freemasons. They were the only ones in America’s society that had the “Trade-Secrets” in mathematics and the operative building arts. One can say that in colonial times the social-economic link to prosperity is only afforded to members of the neighborhood Masonic Lodge who were privy to these trade secrets. (Meaning) The technical know how and education needed in the skilled trade-arts was not accessible by the general public, and was kept secret within the fraternity of the lodge). Education in mathmatics and operative trade-skills were only taught to the chosen apprentices. This was solely based upon the recognition of who their families were. Usually these young boys were chosen by a Master Mason who would take on the task of guiding their education over a span of years.
It is my opinion, these Masonic neighborhood social clubs is were the (Freemason) Patriots were able to establish a strong grass roots movement against the British Empire’s control. (For the common American born native outside of Freemasonry, it most likely would have been in their neighborhood tavern). The disgruntled Patriots would come to benefit from the Lodge’s Freemason networks throughout the colonies. Another important fact is that the chartered lodges along the Atlantic seaboard housed a large number of loyal Scottish brethren who were well educated in cultural history. Especially from the Glorious Revolution against the British from 1688 to 1745. The Revolutionary colonists fighting for the Patriot’s Cause was able to benefit from these so-called, “Jacobites”. They provided a strong base of educated revolutionaries that were already anti-British, and had military experience which stemmed over from the Glorious Revolution’s final Battle of Culloden.
Several years after the Revolutionary War, the individual states development for economic prosperity was stifled, and only be solved with the unification of the individual states under one umbrella of economic trade policies. The intent of having an overseeing U.S. Federal government would strengthen the prosperity for all 13 states, and fairly operate for each state under a New Constitution that would replace the Articles of Confederation. This new demand for a federal governmental system was answered by the Masonic Revolutionaries (Freemasons) who had previously birthed a radical new concept that would be carried over into newly forming of this new Federal Government. First, and right out of their Masonic Constitution of 1717 is the belief for the Separation of Church and State. The principle idea is that men of different religions and beliefs can come together and agree that a God exists, and also their understanding of God compels them to do good in the community in which they live. After these two key points they can stop and end their religious discussion on these shared beliefs. One who is a Mason, or has studied early American Freemasonry can easily see that these Masonic values were highly convened by the Founding fathers. The Constitutional committees who were also Freemasons lifted these core values to fit the framework of America’s New Constitution. Meaning they lifted core seminal values directly from the Masonic Constitution, and then droped right into the Constitution of the United States! Few Examples: Article 10: Representative government and majority rule. Article 14: A system of checks and balances. Article 39: Masonic government established as a Federal System. Yes! One has to realize that in that era, the Freemasons sphere of influence was widespread and reached deeply into the fabric of colonial America. By having a network of neighborhood lodges throughout the states it allowed Freemasons to spread their new ideology throughout the 13 colonies. This disseminated the core of Freemason values of the separation of church and state, equality of men, and freedom of speech.
Constitution of the United States
I think people in our country should read the Constitution that affords them the way of life they have come to enjoy and cherish. This is NOT a complicated document to understand. It was not written for only a few privileged people to understand and interpret to society. It was written by the people, and specifically for the people with a Limited education to understand. Some say and eight grade educational level.
Unfortunately, over the last two centuries a new breed of attorney took stage, ” The Constitutional lawyer.” They have found ways under the Legislative Branch to use their profession’s tools to thwart the original intent and meanings to the framer’s intent. This was mostly done to create loopholes for the special interests who needed the laws to be bent in the pursuit of economic profit. Unfortunately, it is at the expense of the American citizen.
Lastly, the American people should realize that the U.S. Government Congress was set up for the states to have “Citizen Statesmen” and NOT career politicians who can manipulate the system. As with the Attorney profession, when this representation changed guard (for special interest groups) America lost another piece of the Founding Fathers intent for their new Federal government. Below i am going to start copying the Constitution. I ask that as you read it, and as you do ask yourself if you completely understand the meaning and intent of each article. I think you are going to see how smart you actually are….