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  •  Bill of Rights is a misnomer. The first ten (0+ / 0-)

    Amendments, like the rest of the Constitution, are addressed to the agents of government, but, instead of outlining duties and obligation, they enumerate some prohibitions to counter what public officials are obviously tempted to do. The intent is to ensure rights by restraining behavior, but, there are no enforcement powers (other than firing the offenders) and, as we all know from experience, prohibitions are easy to evade with "exceptions." So, for example, most restrictions can be evaded by the appeal to securing the nation (an amorphous concept) and "protecting" the people from themselves. Never mind that "unreasonable" is a fungible concept.
    The Constitution was full of grand aspirations and we are making progress towards making them real, but the resistance from authoritarians persists -- in large part because authoritarians are people who have few practical skills. Unable to sustain themselves, they have no option but to extort support, if they are to survive.
    (I'm not talking about the dumb ones that end up in prison; rather those endowed with the gift of gab, who can talk people into "giving" them what they need)

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    by hannah on Sun Dec 15, 2013 at 01:49:53 AM PST

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