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Let's Face It: The U.S. Constitution Has Failed

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Let's Face It: The U.S. Constitution Has Failed

Elections provide the bread-and-circuses staged drama that is passed off as democracy.

Despite the anything-goes quality of American culture, one thing remains verboten to say publicly: the U.S. Constitution has failed. The reason why this painfully obvious fact cannot be discussed publicly is that it gives the lie to the legitimacy of the entire status quo.

The Constitution was intended to limit 1) the power of government over the citizenry 2) the power of each branch of government and 3) the power of political/financial elites over the government and the citizenry, as the Founders recognized the intrinsic risks of an all-powerful state, an all-powerful state dominated by one branch of government and the risks of a financial elite corrupting the state to serve their interests above those of the citizenry.

The Constitution has failed to place limits on the power of government, on the emergence of unaccountable states-within-a-state agencies and on the political power of financial elites.

How has the Constitution failed? It has failed in three ways:
1. Corporations and the super-wealthy elite control the machinery of governance. The public interest is not represented except as interpreted / filtered through corporate/elite interests.

2. The nation's central bank, the Federal Reserve, has the power to debauch the nation's currency and reward the wealthy via issuing new currency and buying Treasury bonds in whatever sums it deems necessary at the moment. The Fed is only nominally under the control of the elected government. It is in effect an independent state-within-a-state that dominates the financial well-being of the entire nation.

3. The National Security State--the alphabet agencies of the FBI, CIA, NSA et al.--are an independent state-within-a-state, answerable only to themselves, not to the public or their representatives. Congressional oversight is little more than feeble rubber-stamping of the Imperial Project and whatever the unelected National Security leadership deems worthy of pursuit.

The Constitution's core regulatory element--the balancing of executive, legislative and judicial power--has broken down. The judiciary's independence is as nominal as the legislative branch's control of the central bank and National Security state: the gradual encroachment of corporate and state power is rubber-stamped and declared constitutional.

The secret power of the National Security agencies was declared constitutional early in the Cold war, when unleashing unaccountable and secret agencies was deemed necessary.

The bizarre public-private Federal Reserve was deemed constitutional at its founding in 1913, and the Supreme Court famously declared that corporations have the same rights to free speech (including loudspeakers that cost millions of dollars) as living citizens.

The powers of the Imperial Presidency also continue expanding, regardless of which party is in office or the supposed ideological tropisms of Supreme Court justices.

Every step of this erosion of public representation and the elected government's power is declared fully constitutional, in classic boiled-frog fashion. The frog detects the rising temperature of the water but isn't alarmed as the heat is increased so gradually.

Since the rise of unaccountable states-within-a-state are constitutional, as is the dominance of corporate / private-wealth elites, on what grounds can citizens protest their loss of representation?

Elections provide the bread-and-circuses staged drama that is passed off as democracy. The key goal of the corporate/state media coverage, of course, is to foster the illusion that elections really, really, really matter, when the reality is they don't. The National Security State grinds on, the Federal Reserve grinds on and the dominance of corporate-wealth elites grinds on regardless of who's in office.

Every emergency is met by the ceding of more power to unelected elites in positions to serve their own interests. The Cold War, financial panics, Cold War Redux--every crisis is an excuse to expand the powers of the unaccountable, opaque states-within-a-state.

The media is already gearing up with 24/7 coverage of the 2020 elections. The constant churn of drama-trauma serves to mask the impotence and powerlessness of the citizenry and the unaccountability of the states-within-a-state that rule the nation.


http://charleshughsmith.blogspot.com/2019/02/lets-face-it-us-constitution-has-failed.html
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I would argue that its a living document - capable of being changed. That is the genius of it. The founders knew they didnt know everything. And they inserted mechanisms to facilitate that change while also ensuring that said change wouldnt be for arbitrary or capricious reasons.

I would further argue that when trends go too far in any particular direction - they tend to revert to the mean...over time. Ex: D's get power - abuse that power - go too far> R's gain power. And vice versa.

These changes occur under the auspices of the Constitution. And while things have been turbulent from time to time...it has served our nation well for well over 200 years.

A few changes I would like to see made include:

1. Reverting to a gold standard.
2. Imposing term limits on Congress and SC/Fed judges
3. Rejecting dual-citizens from public office
4. Public financing of political campaigns
5. Prohibition of corporations being treated as individuals
6. Revert to where states elect Senators as originally intended while concurrently abolishing the 60 vote rule in the Senate.
 

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A few changes I would like to see made include:

1. Reverting to a gold standard.
2. Imposing term limits on Congress and SC/Fed judges
3. Rejecting dual-citizens from public office
4. Public financing of political campaigns
5. Prohibition of corporations being treated as individuals
6. Revert to where states elect Senators as originally intended while concurrently abolishing the 60 vote rule in the Senate.
I'm with you on 5 out of 6 (that ain't bad. :D)

JMHO public financing of political campaigns is welfare for the political elite class. The last thing they should be able to do is feed at the taxpayer-funded trough.
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The main failing of the United States Constitution is that it allowed hostile foreign entities to monopolize the mass media with it's unrestricted "freedom of the press". That began the slow attrition of all our liberties and sovereignty.
Freedom of the press is free to those who own it, while the rest of us have no voice.
 

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The main failing of the United States Constitution is that it allowed hostile foreign entities to monopolize the mass media with it's unrestricted "freedom of the press". That began the slow attrition of all our liberties and sovereignty.
Freedom of the press is free to those who own it, while the rest of us have no voice.
The rest of us do have a voice, on forums such as this and the rest of social media. Granted, it's nowhere near the voice of the 800 lb gorillas out there. but it's growing and they're shrinking.
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I'd like to add to post #2
#7 tax code enforced in a constitutional manner and in a manner in which it was intended with clearly written definitions
#8 The removal of all unconstitutional agencies
#9 No war without a decree fro congress. Actually I would like to see an amendment where we the people have a vote on weather or not we go to war.
#10 Only taxpayers vote.
#11, an end to SS and all welfare

I'd also like to see a special clause for the removal of politicians who refuse to obey the constitution. Upon removal they also get a public hanging so they never have the chance to try again.
 

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The rest of us do have a voice, on forums such as this and the rest of social media. Granted, it's nowhere near the voice of the 800 lb gorillas out there. but it's growing and they're shrinking.
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Internet forum particiaption is shrinking because of facebook and similar social media (where freedom of speech does not exist). Censorship on internet forums is getting increasingly tighter. Just like mass media, forums are private property and can be owned by those who have secrets to hide. Besides, the majority of the population does not participate in forums and they do watch the 6 o'clock news.
Of course, anyone can start their own forum, or so they say, but I've seen what happens these days when independents do so. Hacking budgets are high among those who have secrets to hide.