Was the Constitutional Convention a runaway, a second (but peaceful) revolution?

Summary:  In 1787 we had a runaway Convention.  But the Founders had good reasons for their actions, clearly stated in the Federalist Papers.  The words have the same meaning and power today, and give the same hope and peril for any future efforts to change the Constitution. This is the second in a series: (1)  … Continue reading Was the Constitutional Convention a runaway, a second (but peaceful) revolution?

Light the fireworks – the campaign starts today!

The campaign begins today.  It does not end on 4 November 2010.   Or 4 November 2012.  It ends when enough citizens in America participate in the political process so that gain control of the government.   Not just voting, choosing between candidates on the ballot like a drunk choosing what brand of rotgut and cancer sticks for tonight's binge.   Rather … Continue reading Light the fireworks – the campaign starts today!

A report card for the Republic: are we still capable of self-government?

The salons of our Versailles-on-the-Potomac ring with gossip about the election.  Every day brings exciting news... about Michelle's and Cindy's dresses, changes in the lineups of each team's gladiators, the daily score of money raised, and new fantasies about the "true" values and beliefs of each candidate. Listening to this bustle, I wonder if we remain capable of self-government?  Or, like the Romans of the … Continue reading A report card for the Republic: are we still capable of self-government?