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And it was both Parliament and the King.
The 17th amendment applies only to Senators. The House was always a direct vote. But I do agree that it was a huge mistake as different components to the republic need to take a different path to their seats.
The constitution is a Living Breathing Document by way of the amendment and only the amendment process, not the interpretation process. Because who is doing the interpretation? The government? That is like the Wolf guarding the Henhouse. It's also why the constitution says We the People, not we the Government, or we the Judges. Otherwise it could never pass muster as the Supreme Law of the Land. And it must be interpreted strictly for the same.
Maybe if you watched Fox News or listened to Rush Limbaugh instead of disparaging them you would learn something Mr. Farquhar. There are 27 amendments to the constitution, not 33! So it seems you are the impaired one by not watching and listening to the same, not Mr. Meglen. And it was the British who brought slavery to the U.S. not Americans, and we had no stomach for another war over the same upon independence. Therefore, our Founders gave us the tools to deal with the issue including a 3/5ths compromise for representative purposes to change it legislatively to go along with the courts and the amendment process. No, it did not work out smoothly as most things don't. But to assume that our Founders could merely release them into freedom is naïve. Where were they going to go? Back to Africa where they were owned by Black Slave owners? The fact that woman did not have the same rights as men also misses the point of what they gave us. A document that we could grow with as we evolved as a society. Not to be perfect from the get - go. Woman had no rights in any society that I know of at the time and still don't in many societies. And the first 10 amendments, better known as the Bill of Rights were, while not strictly part of the original document were incorporated for ratification purposes. Otherwise it would not have been ratified. And it's the amendment process and only the amendment process that makes the constitution the Living Breathing Document the Left refers to, not the interpretation process. Both Liberals (on the M.O.) and the Conservatives (It's not one) get this wrong. Therefore it seems that you are the one that needs the history lessen.
Again you are wrong! The Supreme Court is not and really has never been the final arbitrator of the constitution. We've just accepted that in today's world. That could change with some backbone from some governors and others of this country. All three branches take the same oath. And again, it is the amendment process that makes the constitution a living breathing document.
@Chris Hadlock... 23 other amendments? The total amendments to the constitution is 27. Both you and Mr. Farquhar could use a dose of Fox News and Rush Limbaugh it seems. Amending the constitution is an originalist view. It's government interpretation (Fiat) that is not. The amendment process is what makes it a living breathing document. Not government interpretation.
And Reagan did not support the Taliban. He supported the Mujahideen.
The 28 April marks the 19th anniversary of the Mujahideen's victory over the Red Army forces in Afghanistan. The original Mujahideen of the 1980s and today's Taliban may use the same language of holy war, but their understanding of jihad is worlds apart.
Yes, it has been a mess for many years. However, the Arab Spring came under Obama and his policies. From not fully supporting Israel, inviting regime change in Syria, Libya and Egypt to not leaving the suggested 10,000 troops in Iraq can be laid at Obama's feet. Having said that, I did say the rest is just a mess.
It is unfortunate that the Today chose not to let anyone respond to Ken Collins false assertions in his letter. So I will post mine here.
To Mr. Ken Collins, I do not profess to know the fountain of knowledge anymore than the next person. But I do know that it does not reside with you. First off, concerning climate change, are they the same 1000 scientists who were claiming that we were heading to the next ice-age when I was in High School? To the point that Time Magazine had it on its cover? I guess all those deniers then were correct, weren't they?. Any bets that they are correct again this time around? Especially since your side had to change the name from Global Warming to Climate Change and got busted with e-mails showing data manipulation during Climate-gate? One scientific conclusion can be made though, and that is consensus is not science! Does not matter whether it's 1974 or 2014, whether there are 1000 scientists or a million!
Secondly, if you do not believe that there is voter fraud going on in this country, look no further than the recent Republican primary in Mississippi. Why did a Democrat AG in Nevada prosecute ACORN for voter fraud in the 2008 election? Same in Washington, Pennsylvania and Florida! Only in Wisconsin did a Republican bring charges. And you need Voter ID to get into any government building, including the ones the EPA does its business in. Does that mean only the leftist elite are allowed? Same with a bank account, buy beer, drive a car Welfare Benefits etc., etc.
Thirdly , it was Obama's foreign policy that upset the apple cart in the middle east, not Republicans. The rest is just a mess.
Fourthly, the recent Hobby Lobby decision by those 5 black-robed old rich men did no such thing as allow employers to no longer provide woman access to basic healthcare. That is an outright lie let alone a component of the fountain of knowledge. They just said they don't have to pay for those components that offend their religious beliefs. Something that was allowed prior to the ACA (Obamacare) butting their nose where it did not belong! Nor are they stepping in between people and their doctors. That's also a lie but ironically is a component of the ACA, that lied to us about keeping our insurance plans, doctors and hospitals if we liked them! And it was black-robed old rich men that gave us Roe v. Wade was it not? Were they misogynists back then too?
Fifthly, no republican ever said that we do not need taxes for education. They just said that it was not a Federal function, but instead a state and local one. And based on the test scores we have seen since they (the Federal Government) have been involved, I say they are right! Nowhere in the constitution does it give authority to the Federal Government over our education or our healthcare for that matter.
And that is one fountain of knowledge that I do know and am certain of!
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