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    One of the tragedies of history was Jefferson's failure to have "freedom from commercial monopolies" added to the Bill of Rights. We know that was his intention, in a 1788 letter to Alexander Donald:

       “By a declaration of rights, I mean one which shall stipulate freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of commerce against monopolies, trial by juries in all cases, no suspensions of the habeas corpus, no standing armies. These are fetters against doing evil, which no honest government should decline.”
    Our history might be quite different if that one phrase had been included.  I think another that linked the vast sums of money that could be marshaled to buy elections should have been included, and perhaps a mention that only people are people.

    My guess is that Jefferson would have wept at the Citizens United decision.

    I think that Republicanism is revealing itself as a personality disorder, not so much an ideology." -- Naomi Klein

    by AllanTBG on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 10:00:05 AM PST

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