Today, 04:09 PM
Oh, and BTW, I think the Constitution represents a colossal failure of imagination in the case where we assume there was no conspiracy afoot to scuttle real liberty.
All the states had to do was make a coalition force for the common defense. Everyone contributes what they feel they need for defense of their respective territories on the understanding that some or all of those forces may be called upon to defend the other states. Problem solved from a federal standpoint. The funding becomes a state issue.
The establishment of Congress and the central taxing power are the biggest nails in the coffin's lid. If we think of it carefully, there is absolutely no need for either and in fact neither of them makes a whit of sense from the standpoint of freedom.
The first nine Amendments should have been the long and the short of the Constitution, the understanding being that if you want to be in the club called "America", you play by these rules. PERIOD. The Tenth Amendment is feces as far as I am concerned. Remove "the States" and I become less belligerent toward it. But as worded, it is complete shyte.