Friday, April 1, 2016

The American and British American Constitutions - Note for a lecture, "E Pluribus Unum? What keeps the United States United"

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The happy Union of these States is a wonder; their Constitution a miracle; their example the hope of Liberty throughout the world.

A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution
--book by Carol Berkin [The Constitution is also referred to as "perhaps the most a brilliant invention in our history."]

"The British constitution [see] is, at its worst and at its best, a blind amorphous product of humanity struggling forward in the dark towards one practical end. And that one practical end is the 'good' of the people."

--Ford Maddox Ford, quoted in The Times Literary Supplement (March 25, 2016), p. 4

“As the British Constitution is the most subtle organism which has proceeded from the womb and long gestation of progressive history, so the American Constitution is, so far as I can see, the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man.”

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