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  •  You got a point there (2+ / 0-)
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    StrayCat, Jimdotz

    My point is that I think that original intent is a flawed concept.

    •  "Original Intent" is a federal society shibboleth (2+ / 0-)
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      BlueTide, Jimdotz

      and as a doctrine, is pure foolishness.  However, both a reading of the Constitution and of the Federalist Papers as well as the press and pamphleteers of the time, it is clear that Jindotz is most probably right.  The real present and clear fear among most Americans of the time was the recreation of a king, with extralegal, read religious, powers unhampered by Congress.  As the Constitution was an 18th c. document, the prevailing sentiment of duty above party, was widely assumed.  It is really clear to me that the balance of powers was created, with Congress the ultimate arbiter, as Congressional power was itself split up, first by having two bodies and secondly, by having power spread among so many elected representatives.

      Patriotism may be the last refuge of scoundrels, but religion is assuredly the first.

      by StrayCat on Sun Jun 17, 2007 at 08:59:32 AM PDT

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