By Robert W. Hoffert
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Americans have found it difficult to express themselves as a people apart from the prefigured forms of their politics. They understand intuitively the nature and threat of the "un-American," the person who must be read out of "the people'' because of an assumed or asserted misalliance with the inherited structure of America's political values, institutions, and processes. Another price, of course, is that a coherence of purposes, values, and assumptions is attributed to the elements of America's political consensus that neither historical nor philosophical analysis can sustain.
For example, principles of decentralization, localism, and reduction in the size and dimensions of the national government are frequently attributed to the 1787 Constitution in spite of the fact that there is no single event in the entire history of the United States more purposefully contrary to these goals. The Constitution of 1787 delivered a deadly blow to decentralization, overwhelmed localism, and expanded the size, complexity, and power of the national government beyond any political, economic, or social event of the twentieth century.