posted on Aug, 30 2005 @ 10:10 AM
After the Revolutionary War, the newly independent colonies got together and decided they were going to forge a federal government uniting all 13 of
the colonies. The first “constitution” went by the name The Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, or just the Articles of Confederation
as they’re best known today. They were adopted in the second Continental Congress on November 15, 1777 after 16 months of negotiations. For three
years they were held, but there were some major flaws that had not been expected in their writing. The people feared a strong central government,
equating it with England, and wanted each state to maintain almost total independence. As a result, taxation was not mandatory, but if the states
wanted to they could give some cash to the central government. There also was no executive or judiciary branch. On March 1, 1781, they were revamped
to try to account for some of this, but it was like shaving a square peg down to fit through a round hole. Still, all decisions made to the Articles
had to be ratified by [I]every[/I] state. No federal law could be made without unanimous consent.
Finally, on May 23, 1788, the current Constitution of the United States was ratified when New Hampshire became the 9th state to give the go-ahead.
It’s adoption was now a supermajority, not unanimous consent. The actual document was completed on September 17, 1787. Over eleven years after they
first had sat down and tried to create a central government.
It took the United States 11 years to adapt a central government that has been solid and effective. We’re giving the Iraqis a few months, and
balking when they delay the process. America’s constitution wasn’t a few people who sat down, saying, “Ooo, that’s a great idea!” and
writing it down. There was bitter debate, major contention, and a lot of anger. People had come out from oppression, and they wanted to get it right.
Many people had their own concerns over behaviors England had exhibited, and wanted to do everything in their power to prevent that kind of abuse from
taking place again. That’s also why the Constitution is just the framework for the government, and gives supreme authority not to the Executive,
Judicial, or Legislative branches, but to the people. The people have the ability to supersede the government and change the law of the land through
the Amendment process. If 2/3rds of Americans choose to, we could abandon the Constitution, even.
The Iraqi people had it far worse than we did. We had a tyrant across the ocean taking our money. They had a tyrant living at home taking their lives.
They all have their own concerns, and they do not want to permit the same rule that came over them with Saddam to ever be capable of happening again.
Can anyone blame them that they haven’t come to a decision yet, nor can you blame them for not going by unanimous consent? We tried unanimous
consent, but abandoned it because it wasn’t feasible. Why are we holding the Iraqi people to such a higher standard, and faster standard, than we
ourselves had in making a nation that has been so successful? Is it that the people who keep freaking out over the Sunnis and the [I]massive[/I]
amount of time it’s taking want the government to fail? Or are they just ignorant and didn’t realize that America’s Constitution wasn’t
written in a day or two?