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  •  whenever I am asked about my top political issue (7+ / 0-)

    I always say "constitutional rights and civil liberties" because so many issues are tied up within that one.

    Politics is like driving. To go backward, put it in R. To go forward, put it in D.
    70 days until the '08 elections. Let's paint the country BLUE!

    by TrueBlueMajority on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 07:41:39 AM PDT

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    •  Yes, but they're not (9+ / 0-)

      Constitutional rights.  They're human rights.  The Constitution "protects" them indirectly by limiting the actions of the agents of government.

      For some time now, our law enforcers have taken the tack that they can do anything that's not specifically prohibited to them.  That's wrong.  They can't do anything that's not specifically permitted to them.  

      So, for example, Bush couldn't use military tribunals because the Congress hadn't permitted it.  Then it did.....but that's another matter.

      How do you tell a predator from a protector? The predator will eat you sooner rather than later.

      by hannah on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 08:03:46 AM PDT

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      •  Exactly right (2+ / 0-)
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        The Executive (at all levels) tends to treat the freedoms that the Bill of Rights grants us as maximums, rather than minimums.

        It gives them carte blanche to repress the hell out of the populace, with the excuse that anything that they're allowed to get away with must be 'Constitutional'.

        It's the kiddie matinée morality that pervades American politics: everything is either Evil or Good, so anything that hasn't been proved to be Evil must therefore be Good.

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        Either get behind Obama 100% of GTFO of DailyKos.

        by DemCurious on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 08:26:01 AM PDT

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        •  It may just be poor understanding of the law. (2+ / 0-)
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          The people are indeed permitted to do anything that's not prohibited.  The agents of government are prohibited from doing anything that's not permitted.

          Bushies would like to have the popular standard applied to them because, oddly enough, they reject the principle of limited government.

          What they'd like to argue is that government responsibilities are limited to just two--keeping order and punishing miscreants--but their use of physical power to accomplish that is unlimited.  This is just the opposite of what the Constitution actually provides.  And, of course, they get to decide who the miscreants are.  LOL

          How do you tell a predator from a protector? The predator will eat you sooner rather than later.

          by hannah on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 08:50:26 AM PDT

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    •  Yes - me too! (1+ / 0-)
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      If we don't have those, the other issues don't seem to matter as much.  May as well live somewhere else.

      OWW4O
      "If you don't enforce the law, you create contempt for the law" --Elizabeth Holtzman
      Impeach Cheney first!

      by Cyber Kat on Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 10:11:54 AM PDT

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