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John Chuckman

EXPANSION OF A COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY RON PAUL IN RINF

 

Contrary to followers of the American Civic Religion – people otherwise known as Patriots – who embrace America’s Constitution as a document of almost scriptural perfection, I’ve long believed that it was written containing many flaws and mistakes.

Or, to put the best possible face on it, America’s Constitution was written in a time (1787) immensely different in character to our own and by men whose interests – including, importantly, rich slaveholding planters – were not those of the majority of people even then, let alone now.

Over time, a few flaws have been corrected – e.g., the election, rather than appointment, of Senators in 1913. Although even with that change, the method of election deliberately maintains some of the characteristics of the original appointment provision, as with the election of Senators being staggered in such a fashion as to protect that powerful body from being held accountable to public opinion at any given time.

But many flaws remain, such as the antiquated and anti-democratic Electoral College, the Founders, most of them by their own admissions, being no admirers of democracy.

I’ve always included the Constitution’s designation of the President as Commander-in-Chief as one of these flaws, a very serious one.

The Founders felt safe, as a balancing measure, giving Congress the sole power to declare war, but that has become an irrelevant provision.

None of America’s wars – colonial dirty wars, virtually every one of them – is started by formal declaration of Congress.

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