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  •  The rights of citizenship outlined in the (3+ / 0-)

    Constitution relate to citizens' rule as rulers (voting, holding office, serving on juries, etc.) The human rights, some of which are addressed in the amendments in the context of what agents of government are supposed NOT to do, adhere to all natural persons within the jurisdiction of the U.S.
    Since treaties with foreign nations are supposed to be the law of the land, the Constitution presumes that our treatment of foreign nationals in foreign lands will be governed by our treaty obligations. Otherwise, in lands within the jurisdiction of the U.S. there is no disctinction with regards to natural persons.  All their rights are supposed to be respected.

    The Cons' harping on U.S. citizenship as being a privileged status is nothing but the segregationist impulse in another form.  The thinking seems to be that if people can't be separated and segregated by how they look or where they came from, then citizneship will have to serve as a defining criterion. Segregation is necessary because without it there can be no hierarchy and without a hierarchy of authority, we can't have a functioning society, as the Cons conceive it. Without hierarchy and authorities there can be no society. The people ruling as equals is, in their estimation, an unruly mob. Rules mean that somebody tells and somebody else does.

    This isn't, at base, an antagonistic position. Though that organisms which year to be free and mobile are to be ruled and restrained is likely to be perceived as an antagonistic stance. Herd animals don't seem to mind being driven from pillar to post and "protected" from random marauders, but a large marjority of humans do. Persuading them that it's for their own good to stay together in one location is a tremendous task and requires a lot of effort. Also, a truckload of excuses.
    Herding humans from the sky with drones surely seems like a really good idea to the herders. Human husbandry, in case it's not clear, has evolved from the herding instinct. I suspect it depends on the marriage of the sense of time with predation. To catch first and consume later is economical in the sense that it requires less energy and leaves less for the vultures.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 01:53:57 AM PST

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