Critical Evaluation of “A Constitution for the Few: Looking Back to the Beginning”

Matthew Collins
Professor Kuykendall
PSC 201, W01
October 1, 2012

Critical Evaluation Essay

"A Constitution for the Few: Looking Back to the Beginning" by Michael Parenti is a writing about the social dynamics of the United States political system. Michael Parenti makes the argument that early America was ruled over by a aristocrat class. While he makes a handful of valid arguments, it is nearly impossible for me to believe that our Founding Fathers were socially similar to King George the III. The very thing that they fought against was freedom from this oppressive class. It is easy to look back and criticize our Founding Fathers, but if we lived during this time, I wonder if we ...

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were not greedy, elitist, slave-beating, parasites.
Where government persists, aristocrats will thrive. This is a sad fact of life. It is unfortunate, but inevitable. The author of this work names many points, but he focuses mostly on the negative. It is like going to the beach, and instead of enjoying the many incredible characteristics of the beach, you dwell on how terrible the sand is. How you hate when it sticks to your skin and gets in every bodily orifice. You begin to resent the sand, and you forget what brought you to the beach in the first place. The author of this writing wrote about Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton was one of America's negatives. George Washington thought of him as a loose canon. Even fellow federalist, such as John Adams, distanced themselves from him. If it were up to Hamilton, the United States would have had a caste system. He built a national bank which sole purpose was to make a few, north eastern, rich and powerful, families even more rich and ...

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minds, but if abolition would have been in the Constitution in 1787, the Constitution would have never been ratified by all thirteen colonies. If the Constitution would have never been ratified, slavery would have never been abolished after the Civil War because the Civil War would never have happened. Martin Luther King Jr. would have never marched in Birmingham because freedom under the United States of America would never have existed. Freedom for all is not immediate.
Finally, it is almost as if Parenti is attempting to lead his readers to believe that Americans who are not born wealthy can not be leaders in this great nation. In fact, I would say that the general summary of the ...

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