The Baltimore Principles
Write a customer review. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. This book is a fascinating look at the laws that governed our country prior to the passing of the seventeenth amendment to the constitution. As a reminder, the 17th amendment declared that members of the U.
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Senate would be elected by popular vote just as the members of the House of Representative are. Prior to the seventeenth amendment, the Baltimore Principles, which are described in this book, was the letter of the law between the states and the US Senate. Each state legislature would appoint senators to be their voice, making the US Senate subservient to the states. The vision of "vertical checks and balances" brought out in this book opens the eyes to the possibility of how our country would function if the Baltimore Principles were applied nationwide.
Every community would have a direct voice in the government of every county and every county government would have voice in every state government. Under the Baltimore Principles, government would be managed with a bottom to top chain of command.
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The way this would work, from a practical stand point is that any piece of legislation that was to be presented in the US Senate would have to eventually filter down to every city council where it would have to be debated and considered at a city level. It would be the local elected officials, not the Federal government that would send legislation up the legislative ladder. This book is incredibly timely given the politics of today. The principles discussed whether you agree with them or not, are great fodder for debate and discussion.
One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. When I attend a school board meeting in my community or a planning and zoning meeting, I am always proud of the manner in which my neighbors discuss, debate and work out the issues that will shape the way our city and neighborhoods will look and the way that our children will be educated. All politics should work for the people but this is not always the case. In my opinion, much of today's politics is not local and many of my neighbors feel removed from the political process in Washington because the dialogue there does not resonate with them.
Bringing politics back to the local or neighborhood level is one of the main tenets of the Baltimore Principles that are outlined in this book. The Baltimore Principles proposed a way of governing whereby Senator's are selected by State and local governments. These principle were a way of better ensuring the Senator's ability to understand and advocate for the local, neighborhood and personal issues that concerned their constituents. You may ask yourself, "Isn't that how we elect our representatives now?
This book is eye opening and proposes some solutions to political problems that are, at this moment, paralyzing our country. One person found this helpful. The diagram above depicts how nationwide our levels of government could be structured today under the Baltimore Principles, with the upper house of each level of government actually being subservient to the upper house of the level beneath.
This book will empower you with an understanding of the forgotten Baltimore Principles, so you can visualize how their reapplication could begin to fix our bloated, top-heavy, broken system of government. A brief; yet fascinating look at the history of the American colonies, focusing on colonial legislative governments. You'll learn how new liberties came to be implemented both here and abroad — the same freedoms that eventually led to Lord Baltimore's profound system of vertical checks and balances.
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The good, the bad, and even the ugly are explored in this chapter, from the Pilgrims to Popham; from the splitting of the Carolinas to Oglethorpe's Georgia dream turned nightmare. The chapter ends with Ben Franklin's rejected proposal to establish the United Colonies of America, which planted the seed for American independence just 24 years later. Having examined their history, this chapter delves into the structural framework of the Baltimore Principles, whereby all governments, regardless of level, are held accountable to the people: You'll learn how the Baltimore Principles can rnsure that every community government has a direct voice in county government, every county government has a direct voice in state government, and every state government has a direct voice in federal government.
Under this structure, any bill presented in the US Senate would filter down to every city council in the country for debate and decision. These local governments would then send a majority decision back up the legislative ladder. Angelos, a Baltimore attorney who had begun a power play five months earlier to purchase the Major League Baseball franchise that was being sold off via an auction nearly miles away from its home on the Chesapeake Bay.
In the hours leading up to the auction, Angelos managed to turn his sole competitor from a previous suspended bid for the team during June into a partner. DeWitt was promised a role in the operations and management of the club.
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It was shocking that DeWitt had pulled out because several times over the previous eight months, he was convinced that he was already the winning bidder and new owner of the Orioles. Instead, the Orioles wound up at auction five months later and suddenly Angelos — with DeWitt now shockingly a member of his ownership team — believed he would emerge victorious without breaking a sweat in the summer heat of The Big Apple. But that afternoon, after entering the courtroom in what he believed would be a rubber-stamped win, instead he found himself embroiled in a bidding war with a stranger he never strongly considered to being a worthy foil in the fray.
One bidder, Doug Jemal of Nobody Beats The Wiz electronics stores, had early interest but bowed out before the steamy auction.
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