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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Iraq Misses Third Constitution Deadline

Why are we pushing them so hard. Our constitutional convention lasted from May to September of 1787. And not only was it not quick, but it almost fell apart more than once.

Here are some other interesting facts about the US Constitutional Convention, imagine trying to get away with some of them today:
  • The proceedings were to be conducted in secret. This was to prevent false rumors or misinformation from spreading across the country while the Founders were still threshing out the formula which would solve the problems plaguing the nation. Guards were posted at the doors, and no one was admitted without signed credentials.
  • Each state was to be allowed one vote, and the majority of the delegation from a state had to be present and in agreement in order to have its vote counted.
  • Many times during the proceedings a poll was taken of the individual delegates to see how they stood, but the rule was adopted that none of these votes were to be recorded lest delegates be embarrassed if they later changed their minds as the discussion progressed.
  • Each delegate could speak only twice on each issue until after everyone else had been given the opportunity to speak. And no one could speak more than twice without special permission of the convention members.
  • Everyone was expected to pay strict attention to what was being said. There was to be no reading of papers, books, or documents while someone was speaking.
  • All remarks were to be addressed to the president of the convention and not to the members of the convention. This was to avoid heated polemics between individuals engaging in direct confrontation.
Sheesh! Cut the Iraqi's some slack for goodness sake.

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