The Glorious Experiment

The “Glorious Experiment” was just that, built around the environment of that late-eighteenth-century and its contemporary challenges of transport & communications over distances.

Any federation of even a small number of sovereign states face the same challenges (e.g. India, Germany, Malaysia, Australia) but do not have that critical & fundamental flaw probably because they (a) are more recent federations, (b) don’t have the single racial divide, and most importantly (c) don’t have such unfettered executive authority of a single individual.

Those powers (including the extremely dangerous rôle of Commander-in-Chief of all military forces) are associated with an absolute monarch or dictator. They probably made sense in a time of lack of instant communications, and the tyranny of geographical distance.

The Constitution of the United States is neither immutable nor sacrosanct. Its manifold authors considered this and provided for its periodic amendment in Article Five. By their ratification some 27 of the 33 amendments have passed into law.

It is not difficult to see the imminent fragmentation of those United States into two or more new federations. Without a federal reform that automatically registers all eligible citizens to vote, mandates voting, removes obstacles including a public holiday on election days, facilitates voting for those unable to attend a polling place we will continue to see the social & racial divides erode the “Glorious Experiment” and ultimately cause its collapse.

One Response to The Glorious Experiment

  1. David Livingstone 30 May, 2020 at 14:13 #

    As an observation on Executive Power, rather than how this particular odious individual Donald Trump got there and is kept there. If they elected him Dogcatcher (as position he would be equally-unsuited to) he would not have the unfettered power he is now exercising. Even if the Republican Party experienced a collective Damascene moment, there’s little they could do between now & November short of killing the monster. Oh, and half the Supreme Court as well.

Leave a Reply


Show Buttons
Hide Buttons
Skip to toolbar