More food for thought! It looks interesting, though for now I only read the preface and end. I've got to read it in its entirety (as/w Patrick H., still patiently waiting here). In the meantime, though, I'm not worried.
As it says, the Constitution (as a "contract") was nothing that could bind anyone in the future; but that would seem to hold true for any and all constitutions, everywhere. I believe ours has the longest-lasting of all. But yes, it's all voluntary. Our founders themselves wondered if it would last. John Adams said, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
The piece ends with something that does sound alarming: "But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain — that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case..." It's true the Constitution itself has no power: the power resides in the people. We haven't actually been powerless, though. We have failed to USE our power. But people are beginning to wake up, so I'm hopeful.
So, you've given me my next TWO assignments! As I mentioned, I've been needing to take care of something since last week. I've been cheating here, sneaking onto the Daily Paul the last few days - mostly because I was so upset about that Marine. I'm so happy today! Then, of course, once here I get hooked by the title of some post or someone's comment. Well, I was happy to see yours. So bye for now, and keep that inquisitive mind searching for TRUTH!
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir
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