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Our Last Chance to Protect First Freedoms? (It’s Not the Economy, Stupid!)

manzana Wrote: Oct 10, 2012 10:35 AM
I must respectfully disagree. I believe the Bill of Rights was a mistake. Our government has used that document as a method of stateing that these are the ONLY rights that we have as citizens. And as long as they do not interfere with those rights, they are pretty much free to do whatever they want. This was clearly stated by Rep King of California in one of thsoe rare moments captured at a town hall meeting with him. Had they NOT issued the bill of rights, congress would have had little guidance on which to proceed, and would have been more careful.
prondeau Wrote: Oct 10, 2012 4:06 PM
The Obamacare HHS mandates are a clear violation of religious freedom spelled out in the First Amendment. Under those circumstance, I am not sure how anyone can argue that if the Constitution said nothing, it would not be even worse. After all, we have abortion which sprung from a right to privacy--neither of which is actually in the Constitution.
wmou Wrote: Oct 10, 2012 12:37 PM
Our founders worried about that also which is why they wrote the 9th and 10th amendments. Once FDR stacked the courts they started negating those two amendments to the point they have almost no meaning today . Today if congress says something is for our own good, the SC calls it constitutional.
manzana Wrote: Oct 10, 2012 10:38 AM
Let me give an example. In 1996, Bill Clinton "clarified" Movie ratings SInce that tiem we have been in undated with oprnaographic, or soft porn on both the movie screen and the TV set. After all, now all they have to do is warn you that what they are showing meets a certain standard as set by the government. Before that "movie bill of rights" was in place, Movie and TV moguls were more careful where they stepped, as they had no guidelines under which to be protected if they made a misstep. The Bill of Rights was the first doeument to be so used, and has been abused so ever since.
Let me commit political heresy in this presidential election year: It’s not the economy, stupid! Our first freedoms—those freedoms enumerated in the First Amendment—are being recklessly discarded by the ruling class in favor of government ideology. It seems that America’s citizenry has become so numb to outrageous political acts that even trampling our constitutional rights barely raises an eyebrow.

If we remember back to when schools actually taught such things, the linchpin of the American Constitution is the Bill of Rights. Those were the rights the founding fathers of this great nation felt were necessary to spell out in the...