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August 24th, 2011


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04:18 pm
I've never really been convinced that the Constitution was a fantastic document in its own right.

It seems to me that much of our nation's prosperity hasn't been directly the cause of the Constitution -- rather, it's been the cause of several fortunate turns of events. We profited from our early neutrality in World War I while a great many industrial nations tore themselves apart.

Geopoliticism would hold that our position made our success almost inevitable.

The number of judicial cases which invoke the Constitution is extremely low. The number of times it's invoked in every day life is so vanishingly small that anything more than a few phrases and amendments can be safely regarded as outside the immediate memory of a common citizen.

It surprises me that sometimes that so many people treat it as such an important document. More so that people attribute so much of the success of the United States to it.

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From:jordan179
Date:August 25th, 2011 06:46 am (UTC)
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The US Constitution's importance is more in what it forbids. Its existence causes political leaders to avoid certain directions in their plans. In particular, I think that it bears some credit for the American success in avoiding the traps of Communism and Fascism, and will hopeful keep us from European-style "Social Democracy" as well. Note that part of Obamacare has already been rejected by a Federal court on Constitutional grounds.

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