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Abolish the Constitution

Saturday, November 19, 2016 12:58
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Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton called for innovative solutions for what ails America. For the former it was a new fence on our southern border that will supposedly be funded by Mexico; for the latter, it was free (i.e., taxpayer subsidized) college tuition. Fresh ideas, they told us, could “make America great again” and render us “stronger together.”

Neither campaign stopped to consider that it was an innovation that led to our current woes, one that most Americans view as their country’s greatest contribution to political science: the U.S. Constitution.

Undoubtedly, blaming America’s “paramount law,” as Chief Justice John Marshall called the Constitution, seems like scandalous heresy. Americans are taught that their fledgling nation was going down the tubes until ratification of the Constitution in 1788 ensured that the United States of America would survive the failures of the Articles of Confederation. The standard narrative portrays the Federalists, the proponents of the new Constitution, as visionaries and paints the Anti-Federalists, who opposed ratification, as men of little faith with no concept of future American greatness.

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What the conventional tale leaves out are Confederation’s significant accomplishments.

The primary goals of the Confederation were to defeat Great Britain and to preserve self-government in the thirteen states. The former was accomplished on October 19, 1781, when Lord Cornwallis surrendered his forces to George Washington at Yorktown, Virginia. The latter was enshrined in Article II of our first charter of the union: “Each state retains its sovereignty, freedom, and independence, and every power, jurisdiction, and right, which is not by this Confederation expressly delegated to the United States, in Congress assembled.”

The Patriots who fought for Independence pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor so that the states could govern their own affairs rather than suffer the rule of a distant central government. As historian Gordon Wood has observed, the question of where sovereignty resided “was at the heart of the Anglo-American argument that led to the Revolution.”

The much-maligned Articles of Confederation enabled the states to defeat a superpower and ensure the right of the people to make their own laws in state and local assemblies. With these victories, the Articles must be considered a great American success story.

It is true that the Articles of Confederation were not perfect. Their most glaring defect was the lack of any provision of an independent revenue source for Congress. This problem came close to being remedied by a proposal to grant Congress the power to collect a tax on imported goods. The Articles’ unanimity requirement, however, permitted one recalcitrant state (Rhode Island in one effort and New York in another) to torpedo this idea.

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  • desertspeaks

    I like how you mention the articles of confederation but never actually read them! you might be surprised to know that the Constitution isn’t actually the law!
    Go read Article XIII

    The Constitution that never was!

    If we actually take time to read our founding documents and apply them, the Constitution is not law!

    Articles of confederation
    Every State shall abide by the determination of the United States in Congress assembled, on all questions which by this confederation are submitted to them. And the Articles of this Confederation shall be inviolably observed by every State, and the Union shall be perpetual; NOR SHALL ANY alteration at any time hereafter be made in any of them; UNLESS such alteration be agreed to in a Congress of the United States, AND be afterwards confirmed by the legislatures of EVERY State.;

    In 1939, Georgia, Connecticut, and Massachusetts marked the 150th anniversary of the Bill of Rights by officially ratifying the first ten amendments. In Georgia, the second house of the General Assembly adopted a joint resolution ratifying the Bill of Rights on March 18, 1939. Under Georgia law, however, bills and joint resolutions intended to have the effect of law must be sent to the governor for final approval. Gov. E.D. Rivers signed the joint resolution on March 24, 1939 , which under Georgia law is considered the official date of Georgia’s ratification of the Bill of Rights.

    Since the 10 “or 12″ amendments were not ratified BY ALL STATE LEGISLATURES and the following States or State legislatures have NEVER ratified the Constitution to this day! many of them having not ratified the first ten amendments.

    Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

    On December 15, 1791, Virginia became the 10th of 14 states to approve 10 of the 12 amendments, thus giving the Bill of Rights the two-thirds majority of state ratification necessary to make it legal?? Of the two amendments not ratified, the first concerned the population system of representation, while the second prohibited laws varying the payment of congressional members from taking effect until an election intervened. The first of these two amendments was never ratified, while the second was finally ratified more than 200 years later, in 1992.

    Conclusion; Articles of Confederation XIII …. nor shall ANY alteration at ANY TIME HEREAFTER be made in ANY of them; UNLESS such ALTERATION be agreed to in a Congress of the United States, AND be afterwards confirmed by the legislatures of EVERY State.; Since EVERY State/State legislature have/has not ratified the Constitution, the Constitution cannot be law. The Articles of Confederation, the Northwest Ordinance and the Declaration of Independence is the law!

  • Redlist Renegade

    Keep the Constitution and abolish the Constipation (The Democratic party and all of their mindless followers that are ALL full of Shit) !!! :idea: :idea: :idea:

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