I was going to quote from it, but engineer Ben H. Tongue would rather I not do so without his permission; still, the wording of the "For The Man In A Hurry" section, advising careful study of the entire document before proceeding, struck me as especially apt--
I'm not quite saying it might be a nice pre-preamble for the U. S. Constitution -- but, much like the lads at Blonder-Tongue figured about the instructions for their clever UHF converter (PDF!), it couldn't hurt.*
(The eternal struggle between engineers and lawyers: the one strives for clarity while the other seeks loopholes. And every once in awhile -- ask DeForest or better still, Armstrong -- it's the other way around. But not this time!)
* While I take it as a given that a preponderance, probably a huge majority of our elected, appointed and wandered-in-from-the-rain Federal officials are likely, upon reading the document, to draw quite differing conclusions from mine, at least they will have read the thing. Anymore, I doubt most of 'em even really grasp the loopholes they so blithely invoke -- "Commerce Clause!" "General Welfare!" "Them guys over there said so and here's a big bag of cash to prove it!" Oh, dear. Where did I put Mr. Mencken's black flag?
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