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RE: Why are Republicans so afraid of other people???
deathrattle - 2/24/2005 2:19 PM
Magna Carta was effectively forced on a monarchy who had little intention or will for reform and was really only for the benefit of the existing aristocracy,not commoners.By contrast,both the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights were draughted by the people for the people,presumably so long as they were white.
Comparing Medieval feudal systems with modern post- enlightenment politics is stretching a point a bit too far IMHO.
Either way,i am not championing Britain's colonial past,merely challenging Kvining's comments regarding the founding ethics of the USA.
Magna Carta established the principle that a king was answerable to the people's representatives, even tho we would view that has narrowly defined today, that was what was going on in the concepts of that day and age. It was the beginnings of Anglo-American style democracy.
The ideals of the USA have always been far more pure than the men who implemented them. It's been a sham from day one, but we try.
Throughout our history there has been a consistent idealogically bound group of people who have striven to implement these ideas and another group that has constantly opposed them. They change names and labels, but it is a continual battle between the left and the right, where for over two centuries the leftists have asked for nothing more than the honoring and implementation of these ideals while the authoritarian right fights it tooth and nail. In the 19th Century, the Republicans were the leftists. How they got totally reversed is one of the great tragedies of American History.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address