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  •  The concern about enumerating rights (3+ / 0-)
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    Lujane, walkshills, luckylizard

    was justified, because as soon some are included in, there's an opportunity to argue that the enumerated as the sum total -- an argument that has recently been extended to encompass so-called "protected" categories which further serve to exclude everyone else.  That's how we get to the point where deprivation of rights is perceived as justified, as long as the deprivation is universally applied and there's no discrimination by race or other suspect category.
    Moreover, in framing the issue from the perspective of citizens in need of "protection," it become possible to completely ignore that the whole Constitution, including the amendments, is addressed to the obligations and duties of agents of government -- what they may and must do in providing for the general welfare.  That agents of government are tasked with respecting individual rights and providing for the general welfare does not sit right with people who prefer to think of themselves as minor potentates whose election and selection to their offices by virtue of the ballot box is an improvement over the military or hereditary designation of rulers.
    That the people govern simply doesn't compute with the tradition of ruling, which persisted over almost two hundred years until all adults were enfranchised in 1971.

    The people governing is still a novelty and resisted by traditional authority, patriarchs and oligarchs.

    People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

    by hannah on Sat Jun 09, 2012 at 01:37:01 PM PDT

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