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To begin to understand America and its government and what we stand for, all Americans must read and study the following documents rated as the greatest essays on American democracy. This is knowledge that will not be gained in one day, one month or one year, but will take a lifetime of careful study from time to time to refresh your memory. They will help you to be more thoughtful and to be more informed about America and its government. Without studying these greatest documents on democracy from a position of academic search for truth - using constitution authors’ original intent (understanding they were not gods but pragmatic compromisers) and using Supreme Court decisions and Congress statutes that refine meaning - your views of American democracy will be like a rudderless sail boat.
- Study Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America, http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/DETOC/toc_indx.html
-Study the USA Federalist Papers selling why new USA constitution needed after American Revolution and what it would do https://www.congress.gov/resources/display/content/The+Federalist+Papers
-Study USA President Lincoln's 2nd Inaugural Address 3/4/1865 https://www.nps.gov/liho/learn/historyculture/secondinaugural.htm
-Study USA President Grant's Memoirs - the hero who saved the USA in the civil war http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/4367
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“No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” Winston Churchill quote from a speech made to the House of Commons on 11 November 1947. Democracy is a work in progress and we are improving. Aristotle - the Greek philosopher of 2400 years ago, stated: "All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth."
The new POTUS will
nominate one or more Supreme Court justices and many lower level federal
judges who are confirmed by the Senate for LIFE. Important because
they enforce the meaning of the Constitution, which is the well spring
or foundation of all in America, as well as other law. If NFL
officials were partisans slanting decisions for the team they liked
rather than enforcing “rules of the game,” lots of fans would be very
upset and would view the officials as corrupt and would not have faith
in their decisions and the game. Instead, they are respected
arbiters of the “rule of game law,” and when they make mistakes, the
appeals process is the coach’s challenge and official instant replay.
Politics is a much more serious game and can be either fair or unfair.
Our federal court judges should be more like NFL officials to increase
faith in government by ensuring when cases are brought to federal
courtrooms, decisions will not be slanted or predetermined by partisan
judge appointees on the radical extreme right or left. Listen to this
podcast interview of Supreme Court Justice Breyer on rule of law.
© 2017 Prof. Richard Millsap
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