Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite Save As Favorite View Article Stats
3 comments

OpEdNews Op Eds

Street Fighting Man--A Rock and Roll Epistle

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 4 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (more...) ; ; ; ; , Add Tags  (less...) Add to My Group(s)

Well Said 1   Interesting 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

Headlined to H4 8/29/10

Become a Fan
  (36 fans)

opednews.com

Street Fighting Man--A Rock and Roll Epistle

By Richard Girard

"Everywhere I hear the sound of marching, charging feet boy,

'Cause the summer's here and the time is right for fighting in the streets boy;

But what can a poor boy do, but to sing for a Rock'N'Roll band:

'Cause in sleepy London town there's just no place for Street Fighting Man, No!"

Rolling Stones, "Street Fighting Man;"

Beggar's Banquet, 1968

A republic, especially when it takes some form of a democracy, direct (which Thomas Jefferson called the purest form of a republic--if impracticable beyond a township--in a letter to Isaac Tiffany in 1816) or representative, and laissez-faire capitalism are not mutually complimentary systems.

In fact, the two of them are mutually antithetical systems.

John Adams, (in Novanglus No. 7, March 6, 1775) stated, "They define a republic to be a government of laws, and not of men." This means that a republic is defined by its laws, especially by its Constitution, and by the limitations imposed explicitly and implicitly by that Constitution. In the case of the U.S. Constitution the prohibition against Bills of Attainder and Ex Post Facto laws (Article I, Section 9, Clause 3) are examples of explicit limitations on the government. The application of the Bill of Rights through the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment are examples of implicit limitations on the governments of the states.

I mention the Equal Protection clause specifically because of one of the other essential properties of all republics: a large degree of equality among the citizens of the republic, both in terms of protections and duties.

As Thomas Jefferson--writing in his Commonplace Book--states, "[As Montesquieu wrote in Spirit of the Laws, [Book] VI, c[hapter] 2:] 'In republican governments, men are all equal; equal they are also in despotic governments: in the former because they are everything; in the latter because they are nothing.'"

I also believe that there are implicit duties placed upon all citizens by our Constitution. A primary example of these is our duty to serve on a jury if we are called. If we have a right to a trial by a jury of our peers under the Sixth Amendment, then it is logical that we have a responsibility to be a member of a jury should one of our peers be placed on trial.

All of these duties and other limitations are necessary to the proper functioning of a republican form of government. While the lex majoris partis (majority rule) may be at the heart of any republican government, our Founders and Framers--avid readers of the histories of Athens and Rome--understood that unscrupulous demagogues could take advantage of a tumultuous situation and, scapegoating some segment of society, impose a tyranny against them. As James Madison so wisely discerned, a republic requires checks and balances; not only against the government itself, but against any potential tyranny imposed by either a majority or a minority of its citizens.

Laissez-faire capitalism completely lacks any sort of duties, checks or balances.

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3  |  4

 

Richard Girard is an increasingly radical representative of the disabled and disenfranchised members of America's downtrodden, who suffers from bipolar disorder (type II or type III, the professionals do not agree). He has put together a team to (more...)
 
Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

The Great Enemy of the Truth

Into a Thousand Pieces

The Communist Takeover of America

Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense

Social Capitalism

The Judgment of History; Or Why the Breaking of the Oligarchs Avenges President Kennedy's Assassination--Part One

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
2 people are discussing this page, with 3 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)
The Big Lie perpetrated for two centuries is that ... by Richard Girard on Sunday, Aug 29, 2010 at 3:34:07 PM
Richard, I like this. It's clear, interesting, res... by MJ Creech on Tuesday, Aug 31, 2010 at 12:23:01 AM
Laissez faire capitalism--or as I once heard it ca... by Richard Girard on Tuesday, Aug 31, 2010 at 5:06:21 PM