Neither side in an argument can find the truth when both make an absolute claim on it.
I know this isn't the answer wanted, but this is my opinion.
The first nation was from 1789-1860. This was a weak nation in which the states held sway, and slavery was allowed. During this time, not even one state could be added without another state being added so as to preserve the balance of power between states in which slavery was permitted and those in which it was not. In essence, see the War of 1812 and the Missouri Compromise to show what the deal really was. By the 1850s this system was breaking down. This "First Republic" lasted about 70 years
In 1860, some states tried to leave and a new Republic was founded with greater Federal control. The idea that states could leave was thrown out, as was the idea that slavery could be permitted. The power of this Republic grew and we were finally able to assert ourselves on the world stage, culminating in WWI. However, a new power had risen that was equal in power to the slaveholders, this being the trusts and monopolies. In 1929 that came crashing down far more suddenly, and by 1932 it was clear that it wasn't working. This "Second Republic" lasted about 70 years as well.
In 1932, another new nation rose from the ashes. This one placed greater emphasis on the individual than either of the previous two. Social welfare systems came into being, and eventually racial segregation came to an end. No longer was a citizen only useful as long as his owner (be it the slaveholder or the trusts) found them useful. This "Third Republic" has just passed its 80th year.
In some ways we're overdue for another redo. It's worth noting that in neither of the previous 2 re-incarnations of the United States have things been completely thrown out, nor did anybody really go away. For years after the beginning of the Second Republic, those not involved in its founding tried to undermine it (see Jim Crow laws), and since the beginning of the Third, those who feel they were not involved are trying to undermine it ("Corporations are People," seeking to undo welfare). Now what we have is the Founders of the Second Republic (the Republican party) and the Founders of the Third (the Democratic party) fighting it out to see where we go now. Clearly the Third Republic has reached it's breaking point, but so far nobody has stepped up with a new vision.
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
Side note, I still dont see the point of Miranda warnings you cant protect stupid people against themselves
can somebody explain the obsession with keeping government in America as it was 225 years ago when we were a tiny backwater coastal strip of 4 million farmers and fisherman pretty much isolated from the rest of the world?
It would be like a 45 year old trying to fit into the outfit he wore for his third birthday.
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers