Yes.Have you ever bought a house yourself?
Sure I do. I don't sign what I don't understand.Do you think you understood the 30 or so pages of six-point legalese in the contract? I'll bet you didn't.
If they sign what they don't understand no one is at fault but them. You don't sign what you don't understand, period.That's no slam against you; almost no one does. But people buy houses every day and generally have to trust the bank or mortgage broker that there are no hidden surprises.
Same goes for credit cards and all sorts of other transactions. I don't know about you, but every few months I get a "privacy statement" or something of the sort from a credit card company announcing changes to the terms of the credit card contract. Again, it's page after page of complex legalese that most people simply don't have the education to understand.
A slave for not being able to do business with whoever you please?I doubt you would feel that way if YOU were the one being discriminated against. If that was the case I don't think you'd feel that the absence of discrimination laws made you free at all. In fact I think you'd feel kind of like a slave, or second class citizen.
I don't need to hire a lawyer to understand a contract, thanks.I assure you that it's very necessary. In any transaction involving a giant financial institution and a typical consumer there is a huge imbalance of power and knowledge in favor of the financial institution. You want to hire a lawyer every time you buy a toaster?
Last edited by Henrin; 01-09-12 at 07:31 PM.
Now I realize that libs like yourself and the OWS crowd are trying to turn this country into a pure democracy, but keep in mind that is not what we are, nor what the founders envisioned.But what is a republic and how is it different from a pure democracy?
When Americans pledge allegiance to the “flag of the United States of America,” they uphold “the republic for which it stands.” Unlike a democracy in which the citizens themselves pass laws, in a republic such as ours, citizens rule through the representatives they elect.
The Framers founded a republic because they recognized that mob rule could be just as great a threat to liberty as the rule of a king. Representation, Madison explains in Federalists 63, is “sometimes necessary as a defense to the people against their own temporary errors and delusions.” America’s constitutional framework thereby seeks to protect the people from the dangers of unchecked popular democracy. The people’s representatives, of course, remain ultimately accountable to the people who can vote them out of office as they see fit.
In everyday speech, people praise democracy as the most just form of government. What they mean by “democracy” is a regime in which free elections regularly take place and a government that protects the rights of all.
Is America a Democracy or a Republic?
Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville
Bush Names Bolton U.N. Ambassador in Recess Appointment
The obstructionists in the GOP have been stalling on filling a position that was created TWO YEARS AGO.
and the Foxies will blame this on Obama?? Seriously?