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View Diary: I Know You Think You Have a Constitutional Right to Vote - But You Really Don't. (160 comments)

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  •  The citizens govern. Governing involves (1+ / 0-)
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    various obligations:

    to vote
    to hold office
    to serve on juries
    to propose laws
    to provide support
    to enforce laws

    True. Rights are endemic. They are not granted. They exist by virtue of a person being human and a person being a citizen by virtue of being born in a jurisdiction or naturalized.

    Rights, albeit endemic, rely on being respected in order to be realized. Rights exist as an abstraction, but must be acted upon to be actualized.
    It's sort of like a CD having to be played for the music to be heard.
    The U.S. Constitution is an outline, a structure. It does nothing. People have to implement it. Think of a recipe in a cook book.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 02:31:33 AM PST

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