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  •  Ken, if you are truly (2+ / 0-)
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    a fundamentalist with respect to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights,

    swears or affirms that he will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States

    He cannot violate the words and be faithful to that oath.

    And we cannot justify or rationalize abrogating the reach of these words - and the many more I did not repeat - because we claim some higher goal.  When we place individual judgment or loyalty against the only thing that defines us and binds us together, we are lost.

    may I then safely assume that there is no part of said document, especially the latter portion, that does not enjoy your full on support, on principle?

    Muéstreme su identificación.

    by kestrel9000 on Wed May 05, 2010 at 02:43:20 AM PDT

    •  let's not get off on the 2nd Amendment again (4+ / 0-)

      I think the current Court's decision in Heller misreads the history of that amendment, which was intended in my view in the framework of the need for a well-regulated militia.

      I also note, and this is the only comment I will make on this diary about this subject, that I am a firm believer in the 9th Amendment, and perfectly willing to read an individual right to keep and bear arms therein, which most conservatives are afraid to do because they do not want to legitimize that amendment because of Griswold, which of course leads to Roe.

      Despite the language of the diary, I acknowledge that interpretation of the Constitution is necessary, because there are parts that could be in conflict, and because there are things that perhaps were not fully understood or perhaps even not conceived of by its drafters.  Thus free exercise probably would not have been intended to include human sacrifice, for example, even if such a religion had multiple millions of adherents.

      If you want a discussion on gun rights, please, feel free to post your own diary.


      do we still have a Republic and a Constitution if our elected officials will not stand up for them on our behalf?

      by teacherken on Wed May 05, 2010 at 02:54:48 AM PDT

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