Ten years before the American Revolution, the British Parliament passed the Stamp Act of 1765, which was the first in a series of direct taxes over the American colonies. The colonists immediately recognized it as a violation of their fundamental...
could buy votes from Peter and tax Paul to pay for it, the slide down the slippery slope was on, and Federalism was a dead letter. Lord Acton correctly described the Constitution as "all sail and no rudder" at the time. The other fatal flaw in the Constitution was judicial review, which the anti-Federalists at the time highlighted as such. Being based on a lie is not usually a promising start, and Montesqueiu(?)'s description of the British govt as a 3-part balancing act was wrong. No British court could declare an Act of Parliament un-Constitional, and any court decision could be reversed by the House of Lords.
Winston Churchill once quipped you can “trust the American people to do the right thing after they have tried everything else.” His observation touches on a recurring theme in United States history: major political change is often preceded by a decade long learning curve. This pattern can be seen from the Founding era up to the election of 2012.
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