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Book Review: "The Constitution of the United States of America", by Applewood Books

What do you think of Western civilization?

Mahatma Gandhi: I think it would be a good idea.

So I bought a copy of the Constitution along with the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence, and I'm telling you, reading it in 2021 is just so depressing. I don't know what I expected, but I thought we would follow most of it. I don't think we do that anymore, actually. It's crazy to think that this document was written on animal skin by a bunch of slave-owning, wooden-teethed, white wig-wearing folks who seceded from their nation, and yet they're leaps and bounds wiser than we are. Then again, maybe they're the only ones who could.

I mean, just look at these clauses from the Constitution:

The President shall, at stated times, receive for his services, a compensation, which shall neither be increased nor diminished during the period for which he shall have been elected, and he shall not receive within that period any emolument from the United States, or any of them.

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The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.

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Nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

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Excessive bail shall not be required, nor execessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

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No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress…shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid and comfort to the enemies thereof.

oof.