Why the United States
Constitution is a Failure

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he present constitution is succeeding in the manner of a man falling off a cliff. Everything is "OK" ... for now ...

The rivets are popping out all over ... the ship of state is leaking like a sieve ... the unsinkable, titanic U.S.of A. ... is headed for the bottom of the barrel. Why? ... And who is responsible? ... (so we can kill 'em)

Well, those responsible are long since dead. The a-holes mucking around today are just "pond scum" in a festering wound which has not healed properly or rather, was never tended to.

Yes, initially, the founding fathers are to blame.

  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • George Washington
  • John Adams
  • et al ..........

What did they do wrong?

It's what they didn't do. They didn't finish the job. Many of you cannot recognize an unfinished intellectual job because there are so few "finished" jobs on the Earth today to compare it to. I am personally familiar with several such finished jobs (because I made them).

What is familiar to me in the U.S.Constitution is the same type of "stage" that I went through in order to arrive at a finalized constitution (one which is eternally valid within given constraints). I wrote many versions of constitutions before settling on the final one. All such versions involved the fluff & strip modus operandi that all web developers & professional programmers are familiar with. Fluff it up ... then strip it down to its essentials. After repeatedly doing this ... hopefully ... you arrive at a finished product. One which does the job in the most efficient way with the least amount of code (rules).

The process involves perseverance, a sense of personal integrity, your experience, and a certain ability to grab a new concept out of thin air where previously everyone was "clueless". The founding fathers had all this going for them ... yet they did not finish. They were lacking in one item. They stopped short and called it quits. They did not "persevere".

My personal estimate is that they stopped working on the constitution 2-6 months prematurely. Perhaps no one was there to ask the relevant questions. Such as:

  • "Whom are we writing this for?"
    "Ourselves and our posterity ..."
  • "Why are we writing it?"
    "To obtain the blessings of liberty ..."
  • "What fundamentals do we espouse?"
    "That all men are created equal ..."
hmmmm ... Looks like they asked the right questions. What went wrong then? I believe they just got tired ... of months of weary wrangling ... the people were impatient ... let's just move on ... finish the thing already!

The finished product is very telling.

They appeal to "the vigilence of honorable men" to see to it that government doesn't get out of hand (instead of writing "feedback code" so as to make the government self-correcting) ... Understand that it isn't necessary to watch the government all the time ... to steer it ... to prevent it from running aground. An auto-pilot would have been nice ... Ben.

The seed of this propensity of post-Medieval intellectuals to turn away from tough problems before finishing was planted by our Renaissance choke-point guy.

All right, what hell does that last sentence mean?

OK ... you're not sleeping yet? To understand that sentence we have to go back a couple thousand years to Greece. Specifically, Thermopylae. Remember? Leonidas ... the Spartans? He was the Hellenistic choke-point guy. And HE ... did his job. His job was to die ... in battle ... to save the infant Helenistic culture (the peninsula of Greece) from the local nutcase Xerxes (a basically irrelevant, historical prop figure).

By setting the example of terminal courage, he secured "the blessings of liberty on his posterity". Hence, Aristotle ... who codified enough intellectual "stuff" to keep western civilization viable for a thousand years. No Leonidas = no Aristotle

If you still don't know what a choke-point guy is ... here's another example:

William Barrett Travis is such a figure. He did as much as Leonidas but did not have the fortune to be at a "master choke-point" ... just the Texas choke-point. Get it? If you die defending liberty ... if you show freedom is most important by throwing your life at it ... everyone who follows must fight like a madman to live up to your example. Your side wins ... your "posterity" goes free. But you have to give up your life (willingly) when the call comes. Such men as Travis know EXACTLY what I mean here.
Now we come to the focus of this piece ...
the Renaissance choke-point guy :
Galileo Gallilei
The call came ... and Mr. G was ... what? ... in the shower? ... asleep at the wheel? ... He didn't do the job. When faced with the prospect of the "rack" he opted for submission in exchange for permanent house arrest. Such a deal ...

There are two levels that a man reaches when confronted with oppression. One is the "I give up. I can't win." level. The other is the "Oh yeah? ... We'll see about that!" level where resistance is certain. Men get their backs up when their priorities are straight.

Galileo misalligned everything by submitting. Had he had the courage of Travis or Leonidas or Archimedes, those who heard of his demise would have "got their backs up" and the power of the Church would have ended.

Instead, the news had a "chilling" effect on Rene Descartes (and others) ... and the center of civilization shifted to Holland (a G-damn reboot). This was waste.

For now ... the founding fathers ... faced with their formidable philosophical function ... floundered.

And why not? Marginal success is ... OK




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