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  •  America is a contradiction (6+ / 0-)

    On the one hand the Constitution proclaims government for the people and by the people yet one party; the Republicans of the modern era work to dismantle all that is enshrined in your Constitution.  

    •  you notice that eh? (1+ / 0-)
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    •  While claiming to love and protect it. (3+ / 0-)
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      Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

      by Gentle Giant on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 07:52:36 AM PDT

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    •  "By the People" is NOTactually IN Constitution (1+ / 0-)
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      THAT was the Gettysburg Address ... which has even less legal standing than the Declaration of Independence OR the Preamble to the Constitution.

      The Founding Fathers were nearly as opposed to "mere democracy" as they were to "absolute monarchy."

      At first they consented to be governed by a government so weak, it could not collect the taxes it levied to fund the revolution to throw off the English monarchy.  (It was actually the policies of the English Parliament and the Royal John Company which the Patriots were rebelling against -- but "King" would be so much simpler for people whose only reading was Shakespeare and the Bible, to understand.)

      So ... Washington wins at Yorktown  (with the help of a French fleet and expeditionary force)  ... Treaty of Paris 1783 ... and the new Republic is unable to collect the taxes with which to pay its debts under the Articles of Confederation -- hence the Constitutional Convention.

      Originally the idea was to reform the Articles just enough to .. well ...  "end the government shut down."

      What emerged from the process was a "Separation of Powers"  compromise ... consciously and deliberately , neither Democracy nor Monarchy.

      The Presidency chosen by "electors" with each State determining the "who and the how" of their selection. The 'upper house' of the legislature was to be chosen, not by popular vote, but by appointment by state legislatures. But, the House with budget authority to be chosen by the electorate ... (free white men with some property, as determined by the State legislatures) ... at large.  A Supreme Court was to be the ultimate decider of law and fact ... but the Congress was to hold the power of regulating the extent of the Court's jurisdiction.

      That's why many historians call the Civil War "the Second American Revolution" ...  the Confederates sought a return to the happy days under the Articles of Confederation where governors and state legislatures were the most powerful  ... Lincoln and his Republicans imagined  the unification of the States into a single Union.

      The Unionists won.

      And  Southern Revanchists have waged a 148  year struggle to obtain by more or less  lawful means, what the original Confederates could not get by force of arms alone.

      When today's Radical Republicans claim to be "restoring" the Original Intent ... and "taking Our Country back" ... they're not misspoken, factually -- but morally, they are horribly wrong.

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