Part 2: A New U.S. Constitution

A couple of weeks ago, I re-blogged the first in a series Professor Taboo is doing about the ways in which we have ‘outgrown’ parts of the U.S. Constitution, written back in 1787. The foundation is still sound, but the framework could use some ‘shoring up’ to bring it into the 21st century! If I make a chore list at the beginning of the week, I will no doubt have to adjust it by mid-week due to oversight or previously unforeseen circumstances, and the same is true of a document drafted 235 years ago! Today, I share with you Part II in the Professor’s project … a thoughtful and thought-provoking analysis that is definitely worth reading! Thank you, Prof!

The Professor's Convatorium

In an 1849 speech to the Massachusetts Bible Society and at that time a twice elected member to Congress’ House of Representatives and later appointed House Speaker, his following words echoed several of the newly formed United States government charters and their Founding Fathers:

“All societies of men must be governed in some way or other. The less they may have of stringent State Government, the more they must have of individual self-government. The less they rely on public law or physical force, the more they must rely on private moral restraint. Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled, either by a power within them, or by a power without them…”

robert charles winthrop

We continue now from Part 1, A New U.S. Constitution

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Mr. R.C. Winthrop, a respected lawyer and descendant of Governor John Winthrop from…

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7 thoughts on “Part 2: A New U.S. Constitution

  1. “Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled, either by a power within them”

    The perfect anarchistic utopia. I’m all for it … until my mutilated body is found killed, raped, robbed, discarded in a ditch. 😦

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  2. Thank you so much Jill! 😍 Even I am learning more as I delve deeper into the minds and hearts of our Core Founding Fathers, the Constitutional framers, and the delegates during those first 9-10 years of our infant nation and what they so diligently HAD to argue and fight for, but ultimately had to make SEVERAL bad compromises which eventually put us into the American Civil War. 😔

    And yet, we are STILL struggling with many of the same issues today, worst of all… domestic tyranny and the loss of our fragile Republic and democracy if specific candidates get hold enough of our key Election Offices this November! These are truly unsettled, disturbing times we are facing.

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    • You lay it out so well and with such organization! And despite many courses over the years in the Constitution and Con Law, I’m learning from your very well-planned posts, as well. The framers of the Constitution had literally no way of foreseeing the changes this nation … the world … would undergo, which was why they included a process for amending and updating the document over time. Our lawmakers and courts, however, have made it more difficult than it needs to be or was ever intended to be.

      I have grave concerns over what lies ahead for this country when I look at the masses today cheering a blatant liar, applauding those with zero experience whose only claim to fame is their lies, their conspiracy theories. It seems that the people of this nation no longer care about honesty, integrity, human values, etc., but prefer violence, guns, chaos and mayhem. These days, I frequently say, “Stop the world and let me off!!!”

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      • Yes, yes, and again yes! Your point about “no experience” whatsoever or terribly little in any leadership role in public service… is especially poignant. People who vote for candidates with no real qualifications for the job are like airline passengers who buy airfare on a jet with with say gardeners as maintenance, flight attendants who are only equestrians, and pilot-crew who are roofers, construction-workers. And they expect to arrive at their destination SAFELY!!! 😵🤦🏻‍♂️ WTH? No savvy business owner or Hiring Mgr in the real competitive private sector would even blink at such a waste of time, much less interview them!!! But alas… here we are after exactly that happened with the former guy. I have no words for voters like that. 😔

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        • And that, Prof, is a perfect analogy! Exactly! They know not what they do, what tragedies they are enabling for future generations, for their own children. I have a number of words for voters like that, but … I try not to use them here on the olde blog! 🙄 As it happened, I called my oven a terrible name this evening! That’ll teach it not to shut up when I tell it to shut up! 🤣 Sigh. Can I go be a wolf now? I’m a bit tired of being a human.

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