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Has the Bell Begun to Toll for China?

Zerubbabel Wrote: Mar 02, 2013 7:28 PM
"A republic is a government under a Constitution preventing the violation of the rights of the individual." Is this what Ben Franklin mean't when he told that woman in Philly after the ratification of the Constitution, that "we have given you a Republic, if you can keep it"? Is that what the Constitution means when it promises the States "a republican form of government"? In 1787 there were no Constitutional protection of individual rights. That didn't come until 1791 with the first 10 amendments. I don't know what Ben meant, but I know your historical revision is wrong.
"Why did the Soviet Union disintegrate? Why did the Soviet Communist Party collapse? An important reason was that their ideals and convictions wavered," China's new leader, Xi Jinping, told a closed meeting of party elite in Guangdong province.

"Finally all it took was one quiet word from Gorbachev to declare the dissolution of the Soviet Communist Party, and a great party was gone," said Xi, according to notes obtained by The New York Times.

"Everyone is talking about reform, but in fact everyone has a fear of reform," said Chinese historian Ma Jong. "The question is: Can society...