Superlatives & the Constitutional Text
bobsheridan at earthlink.net
Tue Sep 5 09:26:53 PDT 2006
Maybe perfection was relative, to the originalists.
I'm still trying to get my head around Augustine Washington being my
king, however, to suggest more.
ricenter at igc.org wrote:
> Does anyone have any thoughts on why the drafters sometimes used
> superlative language incorrectly? For example, how can the
> Constitution, treaties, and federal statutes ALL be supreme law? How
> can the Constitution establish a MORE perfect union?
> Just curious.
> Francisco Forrest Martin
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Douglas Laycock
> Sent: Sep 5, 2006 11:28 AM
> To: conlawprof at lists.ucla.edu
> Subject: RE: Could Washington have become king or dictator?
> It's hard to believe there was any support for a monarchy
> sufficiently rational that considerations like this would have
> mattered. The lessons they drew from the colonial experience were
> that kings were bad and even centralized governments were bad.
> The way for Washington to have become a dictator, if it were
> possible at all, would have been to seize power and offer order
> and security in a period of chaos, perhaps during the war, perhaps
> during the failure of the Articles of Confederation.
> Quoting Judith Baer <JBAER at politics.tamu.edu>:
> > 4) he had no immediate heir, which would certainly complicate
> any talk of
> > monarchy.
> > Bruce
> > Years ago--I know not where--I read something that suggested
> that support
> > for a hereditary monarchy was weakened by the fact that 3 of the
> first 4
> > presidents had no son. This explanation does assume that
> Jefferson and
> > Madison were widely recognized as potential presidents in 1787,
> which seems
> > plausible in hindsight. It gave me pause; I couldn't help
> thinking of the
> > exception and the future of his son.
> > Judy Baer
> Douglas Laycock
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