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Lamenting Liberty Lost

InsightingTruth Wrote: Jan 09, 2015 9:56 AM
The jury, not the court, not the state, is the final arbiter of what is or is not lawful. "I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution." --Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Paine, 1789. "It is left... to the juries, if they think the permanent judges are under any bias whatever in any cause, to take on themselves to judge the law as well as the fact. They never exercise this power but when they suspect partiality in the judges; and by the exercise of this power they have been the firmest bulwarks of English liberty." --Thomas Jefferson to Abbe Arnond, 1789. "If the question [before justices of the peace] relate to any point of public liberty, or if it be one of those in which the judges may be suspected of bias, the jury undertake to decide both law and fact." --Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Virginia, 1782.
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Lamenting Liberty Lost

InsightingTruth Wrote: Jan 09, 2015 9:38 AM
Common sense forces agreement with all of the opinions the Judge expresses in this article save one. The judge's opinion on the solution to the abortion issue is simplistic and ignores both the unalienable nature of rights and the impossibility of separating rights from responsibly.
It would be far better for us, if we paid them more as a reward for doing less. No one's property or money is safe when congress is in session.
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Enough Dead Cops!

InsightingTruth Wrote: Jan 03, 2015 10:28 AM
DG, your assumptions, as assumptions often are, are wrong on every point. My objections are not personal. My objections are based upon principles: principles established over millennia through bitter human experience with abusive authority.
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Enough Dead Cops!

InsightingTruth Wrote: Jan 02, 2015 10:12 AM
And Ann, you would be wrong. The greater good is served by faithful adherence to the law. The law forbids a great deal of what today is considered legal.
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Enough Dead Cops!

InsightingTruth Wrote: Jan 02, 2015 10:07 AM
Wilbur has appointed himself apologist for vile oppressors. Fact: In 2014 only 126 police were killed in the line of duty. Fact: Every day 112,000 innocent travelers were waylaid by costumed highwaymen and robbed of an aggregate $6,232,000,000 per year. The average take for these blaggards in uniform is $300,000 per thief per year. The above statistics are provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The above number is for "speeding" tickets alone and is thus only the tip of the iceberg. There are literally thousands of greater or lesser regulations that may be employed by these scoundrels and their masters, to steal money and possessions from innocent Americans. If, as Wibur suggests, the police are become the enemy of the people, it is by their own doing. No decent person would stoop to take a job that requires the abuse and fleecing of their fellow humans. Where there is no harm, there is no crime. To persecute and punish the innocent is the crime! That a very few government sanctioned criminals meet an unfortunate end is barely lamentable. The only regret being that even criminals deserve their day in court. It is however, understandable, that when those entrusted with power, abuse their trust, and use their power to persecute the innocent, justice must lurk in the offing. It is only natural for humans set upon by beasts to fight back when their backs are against the wall.
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Tortured Discussion about Torture

InsightingTruth Wrote: Dec 29, 2014 10:26 AM
Are we a nation founded on the principle that humans are born with rights? Are some humans born with rights that other do not possess? Are all humans everywhere born with the same rights, regardless of political jurisdiction? Government by the consent of the people is necessarily limited. In Article 1, Section 8, of the U.S. Constitution specifically empowers the government of the U.S. for the performance of certain tasks. I am hard pressed to find any authorization for the willful violation of the rights of any human. I find instead, a specific, inviolable prohibition against cruel punishment even for the most despicable of criminals. If respecting the rule of law, and the ideals of the framers is the essence of being an American, then advocating a policy so antipodal to those ideals, as is torture, is the definition of un-American.
Population limiting policy is unnecessary. Small government, and the prosperity that normally accompanies it, are all that is needed to cause people to self-limit the size of their families.
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Tortured Reasoning

InsightingTruth Wrote: Dec 16, 2014 3:00 PM
Will: Your second question does not make sense to me, so I do not know how to answer it.
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Tortured Reasoning

InsightingTruth Wrote: Dec 16, 2014 2:54 PM
Will: I cannot think of a single thing Senator Feinstein has ever done that I approve of.
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