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  •  The inalienable rights (4+ / 0-)

    to which you are referring are in the Declaration of Independence... the Bill of Rights in the US Constitution is an attempt to enumerate said rights in a practical manner primarily in how those rights are manifest in our interactions with governmental authority... hence the right of free speech, freedom of the press, habeus corpus, the right to keep and bear arms, the right to not be forced to incriminate oneself, etc... and where times and circumstances demonstrated that the enumeration omitted things, there were amendments that specified other rights... the right to equal protection under the law for instance...

    Why have all of this? The preamble makes it plain... we, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain  and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

    This union is still being formed and as a people we continue to strive to make it "more perfect"... sometimes that striving takes the form of protest; sometimes that striving takes the place of people like teacherken who remind us where the rubber meets the road when we take things for granted and, like the GOP, wear our liberty as a cloak of maliciousness...

    •  ok.. I'm over thinking, I guess.. (1+ / 0-)
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      But don't dismiss the concerns of all on the right.. nor should you lump them in with the GOP.

      There are very real concerns that in striving to make the country "more perfect" we destroy the original intent.

      Those concerns should not be taken lightly.

      "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others." - G. Marx

      by Skeptical Bastard on Wed May 05, 2010 at 08:07:52 AM PDT

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      •  I agree (3+ / 0-)
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        There are very real concerns that in striving to make the country "more perfect" we destroy the original intent.

        and all points on the political spectrum can run afoul of this if we are not careful; none of us, no matter how well intentioned, is exempt.

        That is why, IMO, teacherken's declaration is spot on... as long as there is that line in the sand, we don't fall into the rut of rationalizing evil done int he name of good by saying that the end justifies the means...

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