Superlatives & the Constitutional Text

Bob Sheridan 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.

Bob S.

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
>     University of Michigan Law School
>     625 S. State St.
>     Ann Arbor, MI  48109-1215
>       734-647-9713
>
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