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  •  Ben Franklin comes to mind (15+ / 0-)

    "Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither".

    A "guide"?  "Bending" the Constitution?  That sounds too much like the supposed Bush quote; "It's just a damned piece of paper".

    Tell me, who decides when it's OK to trash the Constitution?  And what recourse do regular people have when law gets "interpreted" into its antithesis?

    I am become Man, the destroyer of worlds

    by tle on Sat May 25, 2013 at 07:36:20 AM PDT

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    •  The recourse is in the form of (0+ / 0-)

      frequent elections, which we have. When Americans decide that they'd prefer a literal reading of the Constitution over the protection of their families from the threat of Islamic terrorism, their voice will be heard.

    •  The Constitution is not self-enforcing. (2+ / 0-)
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      People have to act. Most of the Constitution is a directive requiring actions from the various agents of government. Those directives presumably take precedence and protecting the nation is one of them.
      The Amendments, an after-thought, are anomalous is that they enumerate a few prohibitions, which are, in turn, hedged by exceptions. That is, they don't have to be honored, if disregarding them is "warranted."
      Fact is that when the Constitution was adopted and promulgated, human rights were on nobody's agenda. If they had been, owning human beings could not have been considered legal.
      The focus on human rights is a revolution and it has not yet been accomplished. Civil rights were easy, especially at a time when it was still assumed that most people had little or no interest in carrying out the obligations of citizenship themselves. It's easy to let everybody vote when 75% of the eligibles don't bother.
      People used to wring their hands over low voter turnout. They weren't sincere.

      We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Sat May 25, 2013 at 07:59:46 AM PDT

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