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  •  I agreed with your diary's main point until... (4+ / 0-)

    ...I arrived at this:

    When one combines this observation to with the realization that this was no accident, but was in fact contemplated within, and protected by, the 1787 constitution of the United States, a rather different understanding emerges as to the meaning and history of the American experiment

    To this, I am going to say, 'mundanely,' bull shit.

    The "American experiment" was not complete when it was envisioned by the founders. It was a project not to be complete but to be bettered as the people of the envisioned nation evolved with the time's passing. In other words, the constitution of the United States is an organic (living) document, not a static (dead) one. It was a blue-print, a foundation of a vision that could not be perfected during the time of its contemplation. The founders however had the wisdom to understand that given the "path," the people would eventually evolve into what we are today (imperfect but better) and what we will become beyond today. They were progressives, in other words.

    Let us not make these claims about the "American experiment" while America is still growing and evolving. The proof is with the Civil War and the Civil Rights moment following the presidency of Barack Obama, a black American. Againts all odds, the people have elected him twice for the highest office on the land and the very constitution you are talking about- in addition to the evens of American history-has layed the groundwork for it.

    "American experiment" is not over. Judging it, positive or negative, thus, is grossly premature, at best.


    "Corruptio Optimi Pessima" (Corruption of the best is the worst)

    by zenox on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 02:50:00 PM PST

    •  well, I should have said "the first 87 years" (3+ / 0-)
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      but in fact I think we are still struggling against slavery now.

      You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

      by Cartoon Peril on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 03:44:13 PM PST

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      •  That, I fully agree... (2+ / 0-)
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        We are still struggling against slavery, and that's a shame. But you must admit that things today are nowhere near the same as they were in those first 87 years. Maybe the point of history is the fact that 'perfection' is not attainable. Struggle towards perfection, is. The constitution of US makes that struggle possible. It gives us no promises other than guaranteeing the opportunity to struggle. And the "Declaration of Independence" speaks not of a "right to happiness" (a place to arrive) but the "pursuit of happiness."

        Here is an analogy to my thinking: As youth grow to middle age for example, they arrive to what is called full adulthood. The catch? It is all downhill from then on. I don't believe America has arrived to its full adulthood yet, and maybe that's a good thing.

        Thanks for the thought provoking diary, btw.

        "Corruptio Optimi Pessima" (Corruption of the best is the worst)

        by zenox on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:58:33 PM PST

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