We'll just have to agree to disagree. Chock it up to a clash of visions.
sounds good. the only thing i would say is that the "vision" i speak of lies in the basis of historical empiricism...
"Can we try something else? Something that the founding fathers intended but we strayed far from? Something that has been proven, not just promised, to work in the past? Something that, even for all it's imperfections, made this country the greatest on earth? Ron Paul 2012. "
-- the founding fathers intended for us to vote for ron paul in 2012? that is an extraordinary premonition they had. kidding aside - yeah that grand old constitution, huh?
an interesting thing i have learned lately is that it has been very easy for economic powers (corporations) to exploit the constitution by means of judicial interpretation. there is no reason these entities need to negate or destroy the constitution when they can so easily side-step it to expand their power. so saying that we just need to go back to the constitution is not as easy as it sounds.
for ex: the 14th amendment is largely known as the civil rights amendment. but an interesting thing happened. in the first ten years of the implementation of the amendment guess who used it more for protection than the black community? yeah, businesses and corporations! between 1886 and 1896 there were 150 cases based on the 14th amendment. of these cases only 15 were about blacks. the other 135 involved business. corporate entities exploited this amendment to give themselves rights. the Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad Company
case was the most monumental of them. and, recently, judicial interpretation has gone another deadly step with the citizens united case.
to put a nail in the corporate coffin, and to end this bullshit that corporations are persons, we need a new amendment that states 4 simple words: corporations are not persons. this is just one thing among many others that needs to be addressed.
support the occupy movement! it is a start because if you think, at this moment in our history, that the ballot box will solve our problems then you just might be naive. it ain't your grandfathers america anymore... and there are plenty of brilliant political scientists who are trying to tell you these things. professor sheldon s wolin of princenton is one of them, and i highly recommend his book, "democracy inc: managed democracy and the specter of inverted totalitarianism." this book is by far one of the most profound books i have read that describes the breakdown of what has happened (and what is happening) to this country. no partisan bullshit is included in this book... so if you want a cushy, shallow book that fluffs up 'your team' then look elsewhere.