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  •  History is our friend (0+ / 0-)

    Most people are unaware about the debates that raged during the ratification process.

    The most visible anti-Federalists (against passing the constitution) were Patrick Henry in the Virginia legislature and Thomas Jefferson (conveniently having a good time in France). The Federalists were represented by Madison, Jay and Hamilton, PR-wise.

    So when I see the so-called Right huff and puff in support of the US Constitution, I am reminded that they come from the anti-Constitution spectrum. No offense to Henry and Jefferson, mind you. Great men of ideas and word, they.

    But let's be real. Neither the Federalists or anti-Federalists could be expected to support health care reform. Some of them might wonder what we were complaining about. You know what Patrick Henry, a wealthy man, got for health care? He got an medicinal injection of mercury into his veins. That's what killed him.

    Not that such a fact has anything to do with HC legislation. But it does have a bit to say about people wrapping themselves in flags and thinking they are the reincarnation of the Founding Fathers or Framing Fathers (two different sets of people, actually).

    •  You make an excellent point (1+ / 0-)
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      bluicebank

      There really was no "health care" to speak of back then (leeches and other old-timey remedies excluded), so why would they have put something in that didn't really exist yet?  It goes back to Madison's word: "futurity".

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