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24 However, the softening may have merely adjusted the language to the contemporary meaning as it had been interpreted in both countries. 26 Virginian Edmund Randolph, describing the clause to the Virginia delegates as they were deciding whether or not to ratify the Constitution, explained: This restriction was provided to prevent corruption. . An accident, which actually happened, operated in producing 28 corruption in america the restriction. A box was presented to our ambassador by the king of our allies.
It existed at a personal and structural level. The individual was a metaphor for the state, and the state was the metaphor for the individual; both were complex psychological institutions that could fall prey to weaknesses that would corrode them from within. In the Christian tradition, corruption was the loss of personal virtue and expressed itself through hedonism, sloth, arrogance, and laziness at the expense of the love of God and the good. In both traditions, systemic corruption occurs in political/ethical structures that create 40 corruption in america temptations and encourage private-seeking behavior over publicseeking behavior.
He argued that the clause should be extended to cover all citizens (an amendment circulating at the time would have had that effect). His proposed solution? ” Was Franklin corrupted by his gift? Were Lee, or Deane, corrupted by their boxes or Jay by his horse? The constitutional gifts provision does not provide an answer, but it does announce an attitude toward corruption and a way of thinking about it. The clause was, as Lee called it, “fundamental,” in part because four snuff boxes and a horse 31 it expressed a new view of the appropriate way to be a public representative of a country.