Yep, catholics could live side by side protestants by people of no faith, because they were PROTECTED in their freedom of religion. People could openly condemn George Washintonton or slavery or what was considered unwide military or economic policies, because of the first amendment...allowing them to rise up a change in the party elected in the NEXT election and so as to keep the balance. The President could not act without the authorization of the Congress or vice versa, and both had to listen tot he Supreme Court. ALL of the provisions of the Constitution were designed for ONE objective, to RESTRAIN and LIMIT those in power to keep them from interfering with the rights of the citizens. Indeed, the colonies would not even CONSIDER adopting the Constitution, until there was added to it a Bill of Rights to protect the citizens FREEDOM from that government.
Fast forward to the current day. Within the span of a little over ONE year, we have seen the entire political landscape change, and those "rights" are now declared TREASON by ONE MAN in the White House. The Bill of Rights protections of free speech are DAILY condemned by the man sitting in the oval office, who also condemns the FREEDOM of the Press of those that condemn him and the FREEDOM of RELIGION of those not of his philosophy. However, that is not the ONLY right he has trampled on. The right to DUE PROCESS has been eliminated, as he judges entire groups guilty by their RACE or National Origin. He has rejected the balance of power, stating that the Supreme Court has no authority to deny him, which was their stated purpose in the document. He has bypassed Congress to change laws and finances without consult of Congress.
And, states' rights? Forget it. For a party that claimed they were simply being victimized and wanted to live their own lives their way, they have taken the Presidency victory as a green light to deny LIBERAL STATES from living THEIR own way. Trump and the GOP will not ALLOW sexual diversity within liberal states, will not let those states hand out birth control in insurance plans, will not allow them to use block grants to erect environmental protections or allow them to use such block grants to determine what THEIR schools teach and what they do in regards to protections from guns or abuse. And, God forbid that a NEW YORK (Liberal state) newspaper writes a LIBERAL comment to its LIBERAL readers about Trump or even SIT for the national anthem.
We all know this, but some have a mistaken belief that I think is best answered in my RELATIONSHIP book Forward to Happiness, since the concepts we see in relationships are the SAME concepts we see in business and government, as well...
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And, that is what I have concluded is coming, eventually, for this nation, due to the very same principles. The FACT is that the GOP doesn't WANT to concede, and...in fact....when Trump or anyone else does any "deal" with the Democrats, they condemn the GOP member or voter for NOT fully backing the President, and why should that surprise anyone? Their CHOSEN leader as President, when elected, broke with the tradition of ALL former Presidents...EVERY SINGLE ONE of them...that upon election CENTERED to represent not just their own party but the entire nation that they, now, represented. However, TRUMP upon winning literally said, "I won," to anyone that asked him to center, even if he won by getting LESS than a majority of the voters. Yet, in doing so, he EXACTLY represented his Conservative BASE that feels the same way.
And so, yes....I do think the country will fall apart, and I think that it would be a good thing at this point, because we no longer represent FREEDOM, as the founders desired or LIBERTY as seen in the famous bell in PA or statue in NY. Conservatives will NEVER center, since they feel that their way is straight from GOD (literally...just like the Shite Muslims believe) and, as such, is how EVERYONE should live to please a vengeful judge over the world. When they are in the minority, they scream at being FORCED to allow difference of opinion and see others are people worthy of poverty aid or freedoms of expression; and, when they are in power they seek to extinguish those freedoms and protections from all others. So, like any marriage that will no longer compromise, it may actually be time for a divorce, so we can go to our own corners, and states without the historical witch burning, cross burning, religious minority as majority can live in peace.
Considering the last 9 months...ONLY 9 months, can you believe it...PEACE sounds like a good idea.