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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Harvard historian and New Yorker writer Jill Lepore's latest book, These Truths: a History of the United States, is an epic, sweeping and often disquieting look at the nation's past. The 800-page opus, starting in the 1500s and moving along briskly to Donald Trump, also serves as a liberal cri de coeur -- an answer to conservative claims on the stewardship of our history, our founding principles and especially the Constitution.

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"Lepore, and Thomas Jefferson, argue that three central principals bind the American experiment: political equality, natural rights and popular sovereignty. But disputes and differing interpretations about these founding truths are present at the creation: religiosity vs. secularism, urban vs. rural, local control vs. a strong federal government.

"It's a call for inquiry," Lepore says. "A big argument of the book is that history is an inquiry. It's not a form of tourism. It's not something sacred. It's an obligation for all of us to figure out where we came from and get our bearings and figure out a good direction to go in, and that requires being honest."

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2019-01-09 04:37 PM | Reply

all that's left is more bloody civil war.
it's never stopped.

meanwhile, the rich get richer and poor get poorer.

#2 | Posted by ichiro at 2019-01-09 04:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

meanwhile, the rich get richer and poor get poorer.

#2 | POSTED BY ICHIRO AT 2019-01-09 04:50 PM | REPLY

World wide that is not true. There are more middle class people world wide than ever before in history... fewer people staving too... Humanity has never had it so good. What is happening in this country is our wealthy are becoming stingy with us and its time for income redistribution and --¢₭ them if they don't like it.

Go ahead leave... take your business and your stingy greedy @$$e$ and move to the 3rd world countries you love doing business with and see how life plays out for your precious business. People have got to stop listening to them bawling about prohibitive taxes and tax them anyway. Let the babies cry or pick up their toys and go play elsewhere... go ahead leave. Trust me the snow flakes will not go because there is no place better. Working class and got to get it through their heads that they have more power than those selfish captains of industry whose existence henges on working class. There is no where else for them to go for the quality of life they expect. They just need to me compelled to pay for it or lose it.

#3 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2019-01-10 01:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Go ahead leave... take your business and your stingy greedy @$$e$ and move to the 3rd world countries you love doing business with

They can't leave entirely. They may renounce their citizenship and move their businesses but they can't move their customers because 3rd world countries can't afford their products! They must continue to import their products back into the US in order for their businesses to thrive. That's why tariffs are important; to make it less appealing for companies to offshore manufacturing and jobs.

The whole concept of free markets is BS. It is an attempt to allow companies to offshore manufacturing and jobs while freely importing products produced as result of offshored manufacturing. The only thing that should be imported free of tariffs is raw materials that can't be mined or produced in the US. IOW, the amount of the tariff should be proportional to the value added by manufacturing: finished goods get a higher tariff; unfinished goods get a lower tariff.

#4 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2019-01-11 06:11 AM | Reply

Its easy to see the connection between the Declaration of Independence and the three terms which are not well defined in the summary link. Political equality, natural rights and popular sovereignty: under our original constitution women had few rights and a slave had NO RIGHTS. The right of women to inherit property was routinely sabotaged with witch trials. Obviously the electoral college flies in the face of a rough definition of these terms. These constitutional constructs were designed deliberately to separate citizens rights by class. Positive change has always required putting workers lives on the line against the police in the streets. But for those actions there would be no social security, no unemployment, no welfare, no equal rights for women or blacks.

The most important point made in the summary may be: "Originalism is not original ... It has been enormously influential. It's a provocative set of ideas, but it doesn't have any credibility as historical interpretation."

#5 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-01-11 08:28 AM | Reply

#4 FEDUP

That's my point. Our species has circumnavigated the planet... we know what's out there... everyone knows what's out there... there is nowhere else to go but planet earth to go... and the US is still a primo spot... the pigs just have to start paying more to the home turf... plenty of rich nations have reduced themselves to rubble spurred by economic disparity.

However... at this point I think tariffs are meaningless if their implementation doesn't translate into better wages for the working classes... so blathering down what you think is a logical argument using a talking point on tariffs is a waste of bandwidth. Its just the white noise spewed in lieu of progress by people out of touch ... --¢₭ the tariffs... --¢₭ the taxes... --¢₭ the economic theory... the need is visceral and until the cash flow reaches the workers none of it matters.

I don't care what "they" have to do... the need of the money reaching the rabble is greater than the need of some new and pointless extension of a twisted capitalist experiment... right now it is the tax scams and greed combined with moralizing from the top going on about hard work and initiative from the lips of frat --¢₭$ who don't know the price for a loaf of bread.

#6 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2019-01-11 03:25 PM | Reply

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