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Old September 19th, 2017, 09:06 PM   #61
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A slight disagreement. That's like saying "The US has ALWAYS emulated the Brits." It's more truthful to say that both the Romans and the Brits are a very important part of American culture and history. Rome, because it conquered and influenced nearly all of Europe and Britain for a more direct lineage in our history.

Mussolini wanted to restore Italy to the power and respect of the Roman empire, so he used much of it in his fascist government including the Roman fasces.

https://www.britannica.com/topic/fasces
Fasces, insignia of official authority in ancient Rome. The name derives from the plural form of the Latin fascis (“bundle”).
It's a bit more than a causal influence when you base your entire culture on Rome. It's not just symbolism, the Senate, the House (Popular Assembly), the neo-classical architecture, several attempts at making Latin and/or Greek the official language, explicit citing of Rome, the dual presidency (Co-Councilship), etc.

It's not a 1:1, the British Empire and Iroquois Confederation and Freemasons were big influences as well but the US was BASED, not merely inspired, on the Roman Republic.
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Old September 24th, 2017, 03:43 PM   #62
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Let's Give Up on the Constitution

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AS the nation teeters at the edge of fiscal chaos, observers are reaching the conclusion that the American system of government is broken. But almost no one blames the culprit: our insistence on obedience to the Constitution, with all its archaic, idiosyncratic and downright evil provisions....

If even this change is impossible, perhaps the dream of a country ruled by “We the people” is impossibly utopian. If so, we have to give up on the claim that we are a self-governing people who can settle our disagreements through mature and tolerant debate. But before abandoning our heritage of self-government, we ought to try extricating ourselves from constitutional bondage so that we can give real freedom a chance.
An op-ed in the august New York Times.

More and more people are waking up to the fact that the present US Constitution is an outmoded 18th century document in the 21st century and needs desperately to be replaced by a plan of government fitted to the times in which we live.
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Old September 24th, 2017, 10:08 PM   #63
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An op-ed in the august New York Times.

More and more people are waking up to the fact that the present US Constitution is an outmoded 18th century document in the 21st century and needs desperately to be replaced by a plan of government fitted to the times in which we live.
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And thus is the amendment process important and utilized.
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Old September 25th, 2017, 06:01 AM   #64
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when you realize that every post about America by numan is an effort (though perhaps unconscious) to ease painful guilt and remorse, it makes more sense.

Something like this:

I betrayed X which makes me feel painful emotions like guilt and regret.

If I paint X as a villain at all cost and at every turn, then guilt subsides.
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