Monday, July 9, 2012

About It All, Part 13

" [the Dan Smoot Report] talked about the Constitution...that the Constitution was right the way it was written in the first place. And all the modifications that have come in are just the mistakes. Fundamentalists, only not in the Bible but in the Constitution. And then it goes on to give the ratings of Congressmen in votes, how they voted [-- whether they voted for or against the Constitution]....I tried to explain that they violate their own principles. According to the Constitution there are supposed to be votes. It isn't supposed to be automatically determinable ahead of time on each one of the items what's right and what's wrong. Otherwise there wouldn't be the bother to invent the Senate to have the votes. As long as you have the votes at all, then the purpose of the votes is to try to make up your mind which is the way to go. And it isn't possible for somebody to determine by fact ahead of time what is the situation. It violates its own principle."

-- From The Meaning of It All: Thoughts of a Citizen Scientist, by Richard P. Feynman, Basic Books, New York, 1998, pp. 100-101.

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