I believe that our Founders did NOT necessarily
trust the majority and that their comments and the principles they espoused in the Declaration, Constitution, and Bill
of Rights served to guard against when the majority is wrong and to encourage the majority to espouse those noble
Approx. 2/3 of the citizens in 1776 either did
not want to go to war with Britain (1/3) or were afraid to (1/3), leaving only about 1/3 who did support independence to one
degree or another.
The revolutionary army reached a peak of approx.
20,000 and lost all their battles. By the time they were reduced to 2,000 (mostly through dissertions) they were on the verge
of being totally defeated and the vast majority were very young soldiers, Gen. Washington inspired them and then they
began winning battles.
There never was a majority in favor of revolution
UNTIL after the war was won and even then there were still a lot of doubters.
My point is that our Founders never really had
confidence in the majority, but they knew that the only way that any govt. could be sucessful is IF the majority were righteous.
Therefore, they led the way and set the example and tried to inspire others to follow, when they created our constitutional
republic, hoping that the majority would get on board and repent of their passiveness.
Just like our Founders wishful thinking that "all
men are created equal" they wished that eventually "we the people" would become righteous and capable enough to support
our constitutional republic.