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  •  And precisely where else does one go (1+ / 0-)
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    Braising Kane

    to protect one's INDIVIDUAL rights???

    Majorities can raise standing armies, elect representatives and appoint judges, but at the end of the day, we are all a minority of one.  Accordingly, our only possible refuge is the courts, and if there is no remedy there, there is no remedy this side of Heaven.

    Perhaps it would be better if we defined terms, so that I can know what you mean when you use the word "right."  It seems we are talking past each other, because we can't agree on the meaning of "is."

    •  Well, the only reason you get a remedy (0+ / 0-)

      in courts is because majority is willing to abide by the judicial decisions.  But it need not be so.  See, e.g., Andrew Jackson and John Marshall.

      •  Technically.... (0+ / 0-)

        ...there's always Smith & Wesson. :)

        If the majority, whose will is theoretically expressed through the Executive, can disregard the "rule of law" at will, there is tyranny.  You can call it whatever you like, but we're no longer talking about the rule of law.

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