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Constitutional conundrum

I vacillate between the dream of a political solution that takes us nonviolently back to a Constitutional Republic and the suspicion that power once attained will never be voluntarily relinquished. The accelerating destruction of life, liberty and property by the players in Washington DC make the nonviolent solution seem further and further away.

Were a wave of my magic wand able to return the USA to the government of 1786, I’d gleefully wave away. Heck, that would probably provide liberty for the lifespans of my childrens’ children. That’s a whole lot more hope than I can imagine in our current climate.

But I keep coming back to the views Lysander Spooner expressed around 1870. Among his most widely used quotations is:

But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain โ€“ that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist.

In looking for the exact wording today, I ran across those words in a fuller context, and more, that are well worth sharing. This page at least, of the Rad Geek People’s Daily deserves a looksee.