Dr. Jerome Huyler:  a former Asst Professor at Seton Hall University is the author of Locke in America: The Moral Philosophy of the Founding Era, Everything You Have: The Case Against Welfare and "Only In America: The Goodness That Greatness Begot."  His essays, articles and book reviews have been published in such prestigious, peer review journals as The William & Mary Quarterly, The American Historical Review, Journal of American Political Thought, the Freeman, and  The Independent Review. More popular articles have appeared on TheAmericanThinker, and other political blogsites.  He frequently speaks before Conservative, Republican, Libertarian, Tea Party, Oath Keeper and other patriotic organizations in the Greater New York, tri-state region .

All other influences not withstanding, the founders who signed the Declaration and fought the Revolution, the framers who forged the Constitution, the Federalists who supported and the Antifederalists who opposed its ratification were  all committed to a set of principles nowhere more clearly enunciated than in the writings of John Locke.

However, because the principles  enshrined n Jefferson's  Declaration never found their way into the U. S. Constitution, which  allowed Congress to do what it deemed "necessary and proper" . . . to promote the general welfare,"  the founding principles would not survive the founding era.  

Political corruptioin didn't begin with special interests pleading for special favors, but with  pols thinking they have the lawful  power to grant them. When Congress confers special benefits on SOME it denies equal protection under law ALL.  And besides: