Thursday, September 18, 2008

One For the Road

Before we step back into that time of simplicity I would like to point out that I love The Articles of Confederation. During Government class in high school our teacher used a "choose your own adventure" type computer program, projecting it onto the wall. The class made decisions by voting, in order to shape the newly free and self governing United States. We had the choice: revise the Articles of Confederation or start from scratch with a Constitution to debilitate States' rights, giving powers to a Union that resembled a "kingship". My championing paid off and the class voted wisely. Unfortunately the programmers were fools and it lead us into disarray and our hopes of a Utopian society failed.

Within this fantastic text the word "friendship" appears twice (zero appearances in the US Con.). It even included this interesting provision:

"Article XI. Canada acceding to this confederation, and adjoining in the measures of the United States, shall be admitted into, and entitled to all the advantages of this Union; but no other colony shall be admitted into the same, unless such admission be agreed to by nine States." No passport, no problem, welcome to Canada eh. The Montreal Expos might still be a team too.

The kicker, brilliant wording like this: "...unless such State be infested by pirates, in which case vessels of war may be fitted out for that occasion...". Whereas the US Con. dumbs it down to: "To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations;..." All in all the US Con. pales in comparison to the direct and avant-garde notions highlighted in our beginning freedoms.

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