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  •  Anti-American is another good one. (4.00)
    These people stand in direct opposition to the most fundamental principles upon which this nation was founded.  They ignore the most basic objectives of the Founders, and they dismiss the clearest articulations of those objectives.  That articulation is laid out in neat little sections in an arcane document called "The Constitution of the United States of America."

    The Constitution, it bears repeating, is a legal document written by men who had experience as attorneys and legislators.  Some of them -- a fellow by the name of Washington comes to mind -- had experience in commanding troops.  All of these things require a certain precision of language, by necessity as well as by temperament.

    Thus, the framers of the Constitution chose their words carefully, and for clarity.  Where they did not, that ambiguity was as fully debated and carefully crafted as the rest of the document.  (I'm referring primarily to the careful avoidance of the word "slavery" in the Constitution.)

    In short, if they intended for this to be a "Christian nation," they would have said so.  Had they wanted the judiciary to function merely as an extension of the legislature, they would have set it up that way.  Had they wanted the legislature to merely follow the orders of the president, they would have required it to do so.

    Of course, and that point you have something akin to a monarchy -- and even the most radical right-winger can hardly claim that's what they were really after.

    People, they wrote it all down!!!  There may be a few more semicolons than most of us are comfortable with, but it's not the least bit confusing.  You can pretend they didn't say it -- but then you have to explain away what they wrote.  Or you can claim they meant someting diametrically opposed to what they wrote -- but then you have to explain how such careful men, such dedicated men, men who had risked their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor (and some of them lost one or more of those things), could so cavalierly dismiss all of those things when the time came to cement them.

    To do that, you have to be appallingly ignorant of the achievements of these men, or overwhelmingly hostile to their aims.  

    In short, anti-American...

    "...your grasp has exceded your reach/ And you put all your faith in a figure of speech..." -- Warren Zevon

    by Roddy McCorley on Sun Apr 17, 2005 at 12:20:30 PM PDT

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