The Origin of US Politics
Using the most simple terms, The United States emerged from a rejection of tyranny.
I appreciate the obvious allusion to Iran here. I said on my blog the other day (and commentators have been saying all weekend) that the Sea of Green really isn't about the election anymore. It has evolved so that people are thinking about bigger principles and seeing a chance for a different future.
Thhere's a couple things that are significant here, though: Before they were united by necissity in the opposition to England, the colonies did not at all view themselves as united. Many people thought that folks like Benjamin Franklin were a bit wonky for suggesting they might form one common entity. They differed in nearly every way imaginable, from political organization, to religious orientation, to distrubution of wealth, to forms of income.
If I understand what you are saying Jeff, I think I agree with you. As much as I think the constitution drafted and eventually employed was great, there were other realities that, in my opinion, when considered, seriously undermined the truthfulness and effectiveness of the constitution and the federal government it guarded. Not only that, the histories and economics that galvanized the mass movement of migrants from mostly European territories to the New World have played significantly into the history of government in the USA. For instance, the treatment of native Americans over the last few centuries surely has been for the most part unconstitutional. And let's not forget the cotton trade.
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Nathan Key likes to think about faith and philosophy and talk about it with others. He lives with his family in New Hampshire. He doesn't always refer to himself in the third person.