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  •  Also, the amendments DO NOT provide (2+ / 0-)
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    JesseCW, bobswern

    protection. The intent may be to promote respect for individual human and civil rights, but the amendments are couched as prohibitions directed at agents of government and prohibitions, as we know from long experience, are easy to evade, especially when there are no penalties attached.
    It is because prohibitions are difficult to enforce that the main body of the Constitution is framed as a directive -- what agents of government may and must do (obligations), nothing less and nothing more, unless specifically directed by Congress.
    It may seem ironic that directives are more limiting than prohibitions, but that's how it works.  And when directives aren't followed, there's a simple, clear solution: the miscreant or negligent agent gets fired.
    Of course, Congress isn't keen on that, so they try to distract the electorate as much as possible.

    Willard's forte = "catch 'n' cage". He's not into "catch and release."

    by hannah on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 02:16:09 AM PDT

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