Originally posted by Sherlock Holmes
This is what I thought, but I didn't want to hit them where it hurts.
The religious-like devotion that so many Americans have for their constitution, despite the fact that the ''rights'' that were outlined in it did
not apply to women or blacks, is something that I shake my head to on a daily basis on ATS.
Version 1.0 of the US Constitution in desperate need of an update so as it can effectively run on the 2011 OS !
Well this is it, and I have a limited understanding of all this...the Constitution has been variously ratified, over one thing or another, but this
one, the ERA, has been a matter of discussion and petitioning (or whatever it is that the US do) for over 80 years and still
approval. The stock reply is that it is not necessary, women already have equal rights in pay and working conditions. They had to fight for each one
of those individual rights, including the one that said that it was lawful to force his wife to have sex, those cases were still coming up in the US
courts in the 1980s. Much resources were placed in the 1950/60s in the hands of the Feminist organisations to ignore the ERA in favour of petitioning
for employment equality. These small, incremental victories, provided instant gratification and the illusion of equality and caused a rift in the
women's suffrage movement that practically meant three wasted decades in the real fight.
The Constitution is touted as this great document, and yet, it denies roughly 50% of it's population equality. There have been a number of
ratifications, why not this one, if, as AugustusMasonicus states, women already have rights that equate to equality anyway? Why not a simple change
of wording? What is the big deal? Because clearly there is something that is fundamentally resistent to this acknowledgement.
I watched the film 'Born Yesterday' a couple of weeks ago, the original not the I imagine apalling remake with Don Johnson...it covers this point
beautifully, as well as giving a little guidance on the finer points of the history of US governance...and how it's corruption works...in context
with a woman's status within that structure and how knowledge liberates her from the ties that bind her...and it's a romantic comedy too,
If you're feeling adventurous...
Originally posted by KilgoreTrout
It's the principle, though.
I'm a man, and I've had two potential opportunities to join the Masons in the last 5 years, but I declined for this reason only.
It wouldn't sit with my conscience.
I hear they do a lot of great work for charity.
That is your decision and having personal principles is a good thing. I am not one to judge, as I
am not in any sense of the word a 'joiner'. The knowledge of the Freemason's is readily available, so no need for me to join in that respect,
books being largely preferable to 'gatherings'. The history is interesting though but more in the before they went all esoteric, the Guild system
on which it is based, which was entirely, apart from the Mercantile side of it, egalitarian up until the Middle Ages.
I am currently up to my ears in the build up to the Spanish War of Succession, which was a trade war concealed behind a territorial dispute. The
Chartered Companies of the City of London that emerged when Cromwell sold us out to the Capitalists, clearly demonstrate the Noble tradition of male
lineage permeating down into the artisan guilds to the gradual exclusion of all women. By the end of the 17th century women were excluded from the
Guilds and social advancement for women was dependent solely on males with the peak of women's bondage, coinciding with the peak of the
When speculative Freemasonry was devised, it was done so by a class of men who had never touched trowel and mortar, but it retains, with some
Renaissance and Enlightenment flourishes, the basic structure of advancement, based on aquired skill and knowledge that a mason or builder would
progress through. Which is where all the geometry in the lectures comes in. What speculative Freemasonry became, possibly, according to some, was a
means by which to assimilate colonies into British Imperialism. Preparing them for civil service, much in the same way the Mercantile Guild's Board
structure prepared the way for Diplomacy and Ambassadorship. One way or another, you find, or at least I do, that it all comes down to economics.
Either way, what we have now, is an archaic beast settling into it's death throes. Failure to adapt to a new reality combined with a lack of (real)
women, can only lead to extinction. Same can be said for the US though.