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The Republic has succeeded far beyond the dreams of the avaricious oligarchs who founded it in order to prevent democracy and retain all real power in their own trustworthy hands.

See my The USA is an Oligarchy at the Greanville Post and Chomsky, Noam. Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky (pp. 132-133) cited in my footnotes (ibid.)

The principles of the Founding Fathers were rather nicely expressed by John Jay, the head of the Constitutional Convention and the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. His favorite maxim was, "The people who own the country ought to govern it"--that's the principle on which the United States was founded.

The major framer of the Constitution, James Madison, emphasized very clearly in the debates at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 that the whole system must be designed, as he put it, "to protect the minority of the opulent from the majority"--that's the primary purpose of the government, he said. Now, Madison had kind of a theory behind that, which was that the "minority of the opulent" would be elevated Enlightenment gentlemen, who would act like some kind of ancient Roman republicans of his imagination--benevolent philosophers who would use their opulence to benefit everybody in the country.

But he himself quickly recognized that that was a serious delusion, and within about ten years he was bitterly denouncing what he called the "daring depravity of the times" as "the minority of the opulent" were using their power to smash everyone else in the face."

h/t MofA -- Hermit | Oct 21 2022 4:24 utc | 126

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 21st, 2022 at 12:27:46 PM EST
Secretary of Foreign Affairs and the Federalist Papers

In 1779, Jay was appointed Minister to Spain and traveled across the Atlantic to seek assistance and international recognition for the American Colonies. Unfortunately, Spain wanted nothing to do with Jay or the American Colonies, so Jay changed course and headed to Paris, where the end-of-war negotiations were scheduled to take place. While there, he signed the Treaty of Paris, thus helping the United States receive its independence from Britain.

Jay served as the second Secretary of Foreign Affairs, until the office was changed to "Secretary of State." During this time in office, Jay, along with Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, began working on a series of periodicals which would eventually be known as The Federalist Papers. Jay wrote the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and sixty-fourth articles.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 21st, 2022 at 12:29:27 PM EST
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Slaves are property, not persons: Dred Scott, Plaintiff In Error, v. John F. A. Sandford

On March 6, 1857, Chief Justice Roger B. Taney read the majority opinion of the Court, which stated that enslaved people were not citizens of the United States and, therefore, could not expect any protection from the federal government or the courts. The opinion also stated that Congress had no authority to ban slavery from a federal territory. This decision moved the nation a step closer to the Civil War.

The decision of Scott v. Sandford, considered by many legal scholars to be the worst ever rendered by the Supreme Court, was overturned by the 13th and 14th amendments to the Constitution, which abolished slavery and declared all persons born in the United States to be citizens of the United States.

The right of a woman to make autonomous decisions about her own body and reproductive functions is at the very core of her fundamental right of liberty under the Constitution. Women's rights of Roe vs Wade should have been embellished in a constitutional amendment.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 21st, 2022 at 12:42:57 PM EST
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They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South

ICYM either of the US Constitutional conventions' debates on taxable personalty, contemporaneous "slave" biographical literature, the lurid, rhetorical convegence of suffrage and emancipation in the Reconstruction era, and the 20th century US "feminist" defense of capitalist hierarchy.

by Cat on Fri Oct 21st, 2022 at 03:44:14 PM EST
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Biden says 'yes, there should be' abortion restrictions after pledge to codify Roe
amid comical innerboob chatter recalling campaign "priorities" delayed by several of his predecessors

archived public property

by Cat on Fri Oct 21st, 2022 at 03:51:45 PM EST
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