Posted By Ed B

And I don't mean Catholic religious services, which I only thought of after I wrote that.

Many people learn Latin, some in order to read manuscripts of long ago in the original language, some to not be one-upped by those other smarty-pants that made a witty quip dependent on a latin phrase.

But Latin has little practical use these days, so it would be silly for the masses to learn Latin.

I'm contemplating taking the free on-line Constitution Class that Hillsdale is offering on-line.

Then again, I think of all the times I've known that, according to the rules (whatever those rules pertain to), what I did was well within the bounds of those rules, only to find that it didn't matter.
Things were going to go the way the enforcer of the rules felt they should go.

Studying the Constitution may only be an exercise in frustration.

No matter how it was meant to be, or was interpreted to be for centuries, it now only matters what those in power now say it means, and that it will mean something else tomorrow.


 
5 Comment(s):
Z said...
We have classes in Latin at the CHristian high school I'm associated with....you ought to hear the kids TALKING LATIN to our Latin teacher! It's amazing...and their vocabularies increase exponentially with how much Latin they take. Very cool!
March 29, 2012 08:35:09
 
Ed said...
Your lips to god's ears GB.
March 29, 2012 07:30:04
 
Greybeard said...
The Constitution says what the Supreme Court says it does. And right now we are perilously on the edge of having folks who cannot think logically bein' our Constitutional "deciders". At least two of those folks will probably retire and be placed during the next four years. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have Repub. majorities in BOTH the House AND Senate choosing who is "decider"? Lord... hear my prayer!
March 29, 2012 12:33:28
 
Ed said...
Thanks for the comment Pasc. I'd liek to ask some questions too, but I'll have to wait another 20-30 years.
March 27, 2012 08:31:05
 
pascal said...
I felt the same way and have not signed up beyond listening to Larry Arnn's 5 part introduction last November. ¶ ¶ What might be intriguing is to participate in the question and answer sessions that I've heard on the commercials for the course. The constitution had its drawbacks from the start -- especially the odd way treaties can get ratified and how treaties can override the constitution without 3/4 of the States agreeing. Patrick Henry et al. complained way back when and Hamilton's dismissal of those concerns carried the day. But we have suffered as Henry said we would. I'd like to ask specifics about that -- just to see if they receive more than a mere hand wave today.
March 26, 2012 11:33:38
 
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