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Our Constitutional Compact and Article V
ArticleVBlog ^ | June 24th 2019 | Rodney Dodsworth

Posted on 06/24/2019 1:07:11 AM PDT by Jacquerie

Now and then the topic of contract or compact as it applies to our Constitution comes up on the web. Outwardly, it’s a sleep-worthy subject. Who cares one way or the other? My American Heritage Dictionary doesn’t help very much in distinguishing between the two. Where contracts imply two parties negotiating across a table, a compact is along the lines of a group of people agreeing to do certain things. Contracts also have an element of enforceability typically not associated with compacts.

The subject isn’t as mundane as it appears because it touches the core of our self-worth as republican citizens. It was important enough for our framing generation to address in 1789 as James Madison shepherded a Bill of Rights through the first Congress.

Every nation is the product of its history, and the 17th century struggles of Englishmen to wrest a few prerogatives from King James II in the form of a Bill of Rights figured large to Americans in 1789. This was the central rift between Federalists and Anti-Federalists, that all governments, according to Anti-Federalists, were contracts between the people and their rulers. As such, respected men like Patrick Henry and George Mason could demand a Bill of Rights to establish “a plain, strong, and accurate criterion by which the people might at once determine when, and in what instance their rights were violated.”

Federalist James Iredell recognized the break in history represented in the Constitution. “In other countries, where the origin of government is obscure, and its formation is different from ours, government may be deemed a contract between the rulers and the people.” But here, the people are known with certainty to have originated it themselves. The people may new-model their government whenever they think proper.”

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TOPICS: Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: compact; constitution; contract

1 posted on 06/24/2019 1:07:11 AM PDT by Jacquerie
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To: Jacquerie
Those who watched, Life Liberty and Levin, last night were treated to a constitutional scholar who rationalized subverting the original intent of the Constitution, for example by the current campaign to rig the electoral college, saying that the legislature has worked the will of the people, therefore the departures from original intent should be passively accepted. (My interpretation of his position).

Those of us who have read Angelo M. CODEVILLA's profoundly influential, America’s Ruling Class—And the Perils of Revolution will know that the deep state is so pervasive and the Republican Party so callow that only a constitutional remedy as provided by the Constitution itself will suffice to restore the Republic and, ultimately, make America great again.

2 posted on 06/24/2019 2:41:21 AM PDT by nathanbedford (attack, repeat, attack! Bull Halsey)
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3 posted on 06/24/2019 3:52:17 AM PDT by sauropod (Yield to sin, and experience chastening and sorrow; yield to God, and experience joy and blessing.)
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To: nathanbedford

The corruption is too thick for most Americans to see.

That scholar described what Randy Barnett calls the “Democratic Constitution” in which everyone in the US, legal or not, gets to vote for the House, Senate and Presidency. However, after the elections, the voters would be wise to sit down, shut up, and not dare to criticize their elected masters.

4 posted on 06/24/2019 5:15:30 AM PDT by Jacquerie (
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The ugly irony is that every time the Democrats tell us they are extending democracy to yet another tribal group, (read by way of illustration, the teachers unions) they are making the government less responsive, less democratic, more amenable to the dark state.

The more" democratic," the less actual representative government.

5 posted on 06/24/2019 5:44:18 AM PDT by nathanbedford (attack, repeat, attack! Bull Halsey)
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