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Thread: America's Laws

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    Re: America's Laws

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Libman View Post
    So everyone who doesn't get money and other privileges from the government is a "worker"? I guess that automatically disqualifies anyone who's ever joined a labor union.
    Nope, that is nothing at all like I said. Government does not equal ruling class, rather it is a tiny section of it. It would be like saying elephant equals mammal. Even if it did equal ruling class, which it doesn't, your argument would still fall apart because it is illogical. You say that anyone who doesnt get privileges from the government is a worker and that Labor unions do get privileges, hence they are not workers. It's what is known as denying the antecedent, one of the most basic reasoning errors.
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    No, I was making fun of your self-contradicting statement above, which clearly flew miles above your head...

    But please do enlighten us as to a clear definition of who is and isn't a "worker", which you claim in post #8 entitled one to share in a collective "divine right" to make and enforce unnatural laws.

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    Re: America's Laws

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Libman View Post
    No, I was making fun of your self-contradicting statement above, which clearly flew miles above your head...

    But please do enlighten us as to a clear definition of who is and isn't a "worker", which you claim in post #8 entitled one to share in a collective "divine right" to make and enforce unnatural laws.
    Seems like convenient backtracking. Which contradiction would that be? Elaborate.
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    Re: America's Laws

    Quote Originally Posted by Regicollis View Post
    They were not capable of forming a rational and morally just form of government; slavery was allowed, women and black people were disenfranchised.
    The Constitution does not permit slavery, nor does it serve to disenfranchise women or blacks. That such things actually occurred was merely a symptom of the time in which they lived, and given the plethora of issues they were faced with the liberation of women and blacks was not something they were prepared - or even capable - of addressing.

    You might as well expect the King of England to have abdicated his throne in the name of Democracy if you're going to hold their lifestyles to modern scrutiny.

    The morally just solution to those injustices only came about following social struggles against the system set up by those godly founding fathers.
    I never suggested they were godly. Just really, really smart.

    I don't blame them for setting up a government that does not live up to our modern standards of human rights. Although many were progressive political thinkers they too were children of their time and unable to cater to the more developed morality of later times.

    Treating the founding fathers like a pantheon of political wisdom whose thoughts has the final words in all political discussions is a folly. Instead one should continue to build the house they laid the foundation to instead of standing looking at the foundation in awe.
    This is one problem I have with liberal thinking. They arrive at destinations and never realize it because they're so insistent upon "moving forward", even if they don't know where they're going. The Founders handed us a near-perfect form of governance; we just need to implement it. In your search for something "better" you'll just end up going in circles.

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    Re: America's Laws

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    Constitution 101
    Congress, the representatives of the people, create the laws,
    The President, the head of state elected by the states, executes them
    The Court, appointed by the President and confirmed by the senate, interprets them.

    The answer?
    Alll three.
    The people are ultimately responsible for who they vote into office and for allowing those representatives to stay in office if they make bad decisions, therefore it's ultimately the people who carry the whole show.

    Too bad most people have abrogated their responsibility.
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    Re: America's Laws

    Quote Originally Posted by Ethereal View Post
    That they were wealthy white men does nothing to undermine the brilliance of the Constitution; unless, of course, you are suggesting that wealthy white men are incapable of forming a rational and morally just form of governance?

    If you have any substantive criticisms of their political philosophy I'd be happy to hear them. Just remember, that the least of the Founders probably had more intelligence in their pinky toe than you or I do in our whole body...
    The Constitution was a product of it's time, nothing more. It wasn't perfect by any means, if it was there would never have been a need to amend it as has been done many times, nor would there be a need for a Supreme Court to interpret it.

    I find it absurd how many people hold up this 200+ year old piece of paper as the end-all-be-all document for all time. The founding fathers, no matter how wise they may have been at the time, were just men with human foibles and human shortcomings. They were unable to see what the future might hold and their document, while it has seen this nation through 200 years, isn't going to be applicable in all situations. Funny, I don't see anything in the Constitution that is useful for setting speed limits, handing out driver's licenses or determining who gets to fly an airplane, do you?

    So much for the Constitution being perfect.
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    The rightful heirs of Emperor Norton I.

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    Re: America's Laws

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    The Constitution was a product of it's time, nothing more. It wasn't perfect by any means...
    Never said it was perfect.

    ...if it was there would never have been a need to amend it as has been done many times, nor would there be a need for a Supreme Court to interpret it.
    Most of the Amendments in the Constitution were totally unnecessary.

    I find it absurd how many people hold up this 200+ year old piece of paper as the end-all-be-all document for all time.
    I find it absurd how you misrepresent my argument.

    The founding fathers, no matter how wise they may have been at the time, were just men with human foibles and human shortcomings. They were unable to see what the future might hold and their document, while it has seen this nation through 200 years, isn't going to be applicable in all situations.
    I doubt you could think of many situations in which it wasn't applicable. Go ahead, try me...

    Funny, I don't see anything in the Constitution that is useful for setting speed limits, handing out driver's licenses or determining who gets to fly an airplane, do you?
    All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.

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    The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.


    So much for the Constitution being perfect.
    So much for you actually addressing what I said.

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    Re: America's Laws

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Libman View Post
    Other - reality.




    And if The Constitution told you to jump off a bridge (or to use government force to maintain a monopoly on regular delivery of civilian snail-mail), would you?

    And remember that politicians can amend it at any time...
    The constitution has nothing in it that would reguire you to jump off a bridge... nor is there anything in it about snail mail, other than the Fed's responcibility to maintain post roads.

    Politicians can't amend the constitution without a 2/3's vote, then it goes to the states and has to have a 3/4's majority vote to pass an amendment... learn a bit about your country here: Full Text of the Constitution of the United States | Freedom Documents

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    Re: America's Laws

    Quote Originally Posted by Regicollis View Post
    And who should write that constitution?
    It's been written... The United States Constitution - The U.S. Constitution Online - USConstitution.net try to keep up.

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