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  •  The point to be made here, IMHO, (3+ / 0-)
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    gerrilea, Sandino, joe shikspack

    is that our representatives in the legislative bodies, on both the state and national level, have shown little hesitancy about using the law to restrict individual human rights.  And, I would argue, it's not a mistake.  When government by the people appeared on the horizon (in 1971 when universal suffrage was achieved), it suddenly occurred to people who had been acting "in loco parentis," that their authority was liable to being restricted.  So, to preclude that, they embarked on an agenda that ostensibly minimized their own duties (via privatization) and expanded their ability to extort subservience from citizens and corporations alike.  Indeed, when looked at objectively, much of the "regulation" that's been effected to "protect" the environment and the whole nation has been employed to selectively restrict whoever posed a threat to their longevity in office.  Longevity being the key to power.

    Using the law to subordinate, rather than promote justice, has a long history, going all the way back to our founding in legalized slavery.

    "In the name of the nation, and of the dollar and of the rule of law, you and your children shall sacrifice for the good of all." Rmoney prayer

    by hannah on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 06:22:51 AM PDT

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