Re: OT: Politics [Was:Social Contract]
* Steve Lamb <email@example.com> [2006 Jun 02 15:19 -0500]:
> Curt Howland wrote:
> > It hasn't been a republic since at least the time of a large number of
> > people being forced at gun point to become "citizens" against their
> > will, 1865.
> Most would also cite when the states lost their representatives in the
> Federal government. 17th Ammendment, 1913. The idea prior to then was that
> the Representatives were in Congress to represent the people while the
> Senators were there to represent the States interests. Now that the Senetors
> are directly elected by the people they are nothing more than another form of
> representation for the people. It's kind of why states rights have been
> trampled on ever since.
I don't support any of the new amendments that have been bandied about
over the past couple of decades, but, being of Originalist Thought, I
sure can support repealing several later amendments. Speaking of
amendments, amending the US Constitution is not the way to cure every
perceived social ill in the USA.
Take flag burning for instance. It has lost its shock value and it
rarely gets the intended reaction any more. An amendment at this late
stage is unnecessary cruft. To my way of thinking, the majority of the
amendments beyond the first ten have suffered mightily from the law of
- Nate >>
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