I agree with Ron Paul:
"the proper role for government in America is to provide national defense, a court system for civil disputes, a criminal justice system for acts of force and fraud, and little else
"...but actually a lot of the delegates at the Constitutional Convention on 9/17/1787 hated it! Compromise had to be mad in order to get some members of the convention to sign; fifteen never did. They all agreed that "something is better than nothing" so they passed the Constitution with the proposal that new delegates could meet in a few years and draft a superior document. No new document was created and the Constitution as written remained. Alexander Hamilton was so unhappy with the document that in 1802 he called the Constitution "a frail and worthless fabric"
Book: Stupid History
Author: Leland Gregory
Last edited by Alissa_Sal; 10-02-2012 at 06:35 PM.
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I agree to the "something is better than nothing," part because they wanted to move forward with all of the other details of forming a new government from scratch. But that doesn't mean there was ever any intention of scrapping the whole Constitution. They could have easily put in an expiration date, say after the second Presidential election, when things had had a chance to settle down. They chose not to. They chose to put in a mechanism for amending the original document, one that didn't just involve the Founding Fathers but that involved the entire voting populace. (Can't really say "everyone" since women & minorites were excluded.)
And it's been a long time since I took US history, but I do believe that Alexander Hamilton was not only the only New York representative to sign the Constitution, but he also wrote most of the essays supporting it that later became known as The Federalist Papers.
Join the revolution & take back our holidays!
Change Black Friday into Buy Nothing Day, and don't take your credit cards to work on Cyber Monday.
Shift Your Shopping from mass marketers & big box stores to your local independent retailers & small artisans.
Practice a Buy Nothing Christmas. Instead of buying more things, give gifts of your time, your energy, and maybe even some unwanted things around your home; organize a used items gift swap among your family and/or friends.
ha ha it was called Stupid History because it debunks a lot of things...political, everyday sayings, common myths etc. not because it is stupid so to speak.
Yes Alissa, I don't think they should have to. I think as our country starts to take responsibility for their own health (not going to be easy since our government seems to think it can do a better job and SO many people agree despite overwhelming evidence they aren't very good at it), the companies would have been pressured to put that information on their labels by those that wanted to know. Just like how Chick Fil A offers all kinds of fruit and vegetable (OMG-their carrot salad) and soup options because people wanted something besides waffle fries. I think you can even get oranges at Wendy's for the kids meals.
It's hard to take responsibility for your own health if you don't know what's in anything or basic nutritional info. This just seems like a good compromise to me. It's not the government stepping in and saying "You aren't allowed to sell anything over X amount of calories or fat" (kind of like the large Coke thing) they are saying "Sell whatever you want and is profitable to your company, but you have to make it so the consumers can make informed decisions about what they buy." I just don't see how giving consumers more info to make a decision is a bad thing, or detracts from personal responsibility. Before you could easily find out the calorie content of your meal, you could claim "I knew it was bad, but I didn't know it was THAT bad..." Now that they have to tell you, you can't blame anyone but yourself. That's totally personal responsibility!
There has to be a balance of federal guidelines and a business right to be left alone. History has shown us that left alone with no regulations at all that horrible things can happen. I remember reading a book (Don't remember the name) in school about how companies used to be. Mice and other very gross things in the food. Non sanitary conditions at all. At the same time, too many regulations kill businesses. Too many regulations make it so that a company can not survive and doesn't have a choice but to go to a cheaper place to work like China.
I personally enjoy having the calories listed for me. I do think it will hurt the businesses bottom line though.