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    Re: Is displaying the Declaration of Independence in government buildings and schools unconstitution

    Quote Originally Posted by btthegreat View Post
    You are the one who needs to do the thinking. I want my legislators to test the boundaries of the Heller decision to see if they can find language for a federal registry bill that might meet constitutional muster. Can you imagine circumstances where a conservative legislature might want to write a bill to test a SCOTUS precedent like say - Roe v Wade? Lets reverse your silly statement. Why should those legislators and the voters who gave them power be 'trusted' to uphold the constitution in other areas, if they are willing to violate the constitutional rights of 75 million women of child bearing age in the United States? Think about it. Here's a clue to the answer Checks and Balances among the three branches is pivotal to our entire system, that means each branch tests and challenges the other two, probing the limits of power, of policy and law.
    I do not want them to test Roe v Wade. The constitution is meant to constrain government even more than the checks and balances are. I do not want the legislature to believe their duty is to see which of my rights they can get away with violating.

    You still aren't thinking very hard and are proving you don't know the posters here half as well as you think.

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    Re: Is displaying the Declaration of Independence in government buildings and schools unconstitution

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    I do not want them to test Roe v Wade. The constitution is meant to constrain government even more than the checks and balances are. I do not want the legislature to believe their duty is to see which of my rights they can get away with violating.

    You still aren't thinking very hard and are proving you don't know the posters here half as well as you think.

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    You need to learn to read. I did not ask you whether you were in favor of legislators testing Roe or presume you held that view.. I am well aware that there are a slim slice of conservatives who are pro choice. I suggested that to be consistent with your absurd position, you have to define every single conservative legislator or political figure who does or ever did seek to test it the boundaries of this 'right to privacy' as just as untrustworthy to uphold the constitution as I apparently am. That means virtually every conservative from the 1980s forward should never have been trusted with office because they all ran in favor of challenging this right to an abortion.

    You are also not thinking very hard if you think you know what a 'right is and what one is not, because a federal court or Supreme court defined the difference for you in 1856, 1923, 1976, or 2014 with some precedent setting position. Once upon a time there was no right to be free of execution, if convicted of aggravated murder. Then SCOTUS decided in Furman v Georgia that the Constitution, in a plethora of cases that the imposition of capital punishment exceeded the authority of government by violating the eight and fourth amendments. It took a decade for conservative legislatures to learn how to rewrite their laws and challenge judicial boundaries with their , standards and tests imposed by SCOTUS, and successfully prevail asserting government's authority over civil libertarian concerns.

    You are not thinking very hard if you think that conservatives are the great protector of constitutional rights and liberals are always broadening governmental powers. Most every governmental reach toward an broader view of police powers in the last 30 years and effort to shrink the scope of the fourth amendment search and seizure protections , has been with the almost universal support of conservative legislators and governors who ran on 'law and order' platforms. The Patriot Act is a perfect example. Among its features it included authorization of indefinite detentions of immigrants; the permission given to law enforcement to search a home or business without the owner's or the occupant's consent or knowledge; the expanded use of National Security Letters, allowing the FBI to search telephone, e-mail, and financial records without a court order; and the expanded access of law enforcement agencies to business records, including library and financial records. Of the 67 nay votes of the original bill in both houses, 64 were progressive Democrats. 3 were libertarian type republicans.

    You are also not thinking clearly if you only see these legislative 'tests' as shrinking rights as opposed to broadening them. The state legislatures in several states enfranchised women long before the 19th amendment and it was the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that first defined the rights of Native Americans to vote, not some SCOTUS decision

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    Re: Is displaying the Declaration of Independence in government buildings and schools unconstitution

    Quote Originally Posted by btthegreat View Post
    You need to learn to read. I did not ask you whether you were in favor of legislators testing Roe or presume you held that view.. I am well aware that there are a slim slice of conservatives who are pro choice. I suggested that to be consistent with your absurd position, you have to define every single conservative legislator or political figure who does or ever did seek to test it the boundaries of this 'right to privacy' as just as untrustworthy to uphold the constitution as I apparently am. That means virtually every conservative from the 1980s forward should never have been trusted with office because they all ran in favor of challenging this right to an abortion.

    You are also not thinking very hard if you think you know what a 'right is and what one is not, because a federal court or Supreme court defined the difference for you in 1856, 1923, 1976, or 2014 with some precedent setting position. Once upon a time there was no right to be free of execution, if convicted of aggravated murder. Then SCOTUS decided in Furman v Georgia that the Constitution, in a plethora of cases that the imposition of capital punishment exceeded the authority of government by violating the eight and fourth amendments. It took a decade for conservative legislatures to learn how to rewrite their laws and challenge judicial boundaries with their , standards and tests imposed by SCOTUS, and successfully prevail asserting government's authority over civil libertarian concerns.

    You are not thinking very hard if you think that conservatives are the great protector of constitutional rights and liberals are always broadening governmental powers. Most every governmental reach toward an broader view of police powers in the last 30 years and effort to shrink the scope of the fourth amendment search and seizure protections , has been with the almost universal support of conservative legislators and governors who ran on 'law and order' platforms. The Patriot Act is a perfect example. Among its features it included authorization of indefinite detentions of immigrants; the permission given to law enforcement to search a home or business without the owner's or the occupant's consent or knowledge; the expanded use of National Security Letters, allowing the FBI to search telephone, e-mail, and financial records without a court order; and the expanded access of law enforcement agencies to business records, including library and financial records. Of the 67 nay votes of the original bill in both houses, 64 were progressive Democrats. 3 were libertarian type republicans.

    You are also not thinking clearly if you only see these legislative 'tests' as shrinking rights as opposed to broadening them. The state legislatures in several states enfranchised women long before the 19th amendment and it was the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that first defined the rights of Native Americans to vote, not some SCOTUS decision
    My label may read conservative but I hold a great many libertarian views. Like I said, you don't know people here as well as you think.

    Edit: now whose being tribal?

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    Re: Is displaying the Declaration of Independence in government buildings and schools unconstitution

    Quote Originally Posted by OpportunityCost View Post
    My label may read conservative but I hold a great many libertarian views. Like I said, you don't know people here as well as you think.

    Edit: now whose being tribal?
    Wow, except I didn't! This is exactly my point all along. I don't know you as well as you know you. The difference between us is that I don't pretend I do! While you came across as having a strong libertarian streak ( a major sticking point between the two is often Roe), I was not about to tell you who you were or what you thought, if you wrote 'conservative', and that is how you see your views, then that is good enough for me! Its a respect thing. I don't pick your label for you and superglue it on your lapel. I just wish you would show that respect to other posters like Haymarket , and not tell them what you think they are, what you think they believe, and then tell them why they think that. Its arrogant as all hell.
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    Re: Is displaying the Declaration of Independence in government buildings and schools unconstitution

    Quote Originally Posted by btthegreat View Post
    Wow, except I didn't! This is exactly my point all along. I don't know you as well as you know you. The difference between us is that I don't pretend I do! While you came across as having a strong libertarian streak ( a major sticking point between the two is often Roe), I was not about to tell you who you were or what you thought, if you wrote 'conservative', and that is how you see your views, then that is good enough for me! Its a respect thing. I don't pick your label for you and superglue it on your lapel. I just wish you would show that respect to other posters like Haymarket , and not tell them what you think they are, what you think they believe, and then tell them why they think that. Its arrogant as all hell.
    Yeah, you do or you wouldn't have went off with your anti conservative propaganda and abortion arguments.

    Haymarket has been posting here for years, he has shown exactly what he stands for. Maybe you don't know that but hey ignorance only cuts so far. Now you are trying to play it off and play me as the bad guy by making arguments I never advocated, and issues that aren't important to me and you think I am arrogant? Please.

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    Re: Is displaying the Declaration of Independence in government buildings and schools unconstitution

    Quote Originally Posted by OpportunityCost View Post
    Yeah, you do or you wouldn't have went off with your anti conservative propaganda and abortion arguments.

    Haymarket has been posting here for years, he has shown exactly what he stands for. Maybe you don't know that but hey ignorance only cuts so far. Now you are trying to play it off and play me as the bad guy by making arguments I never advocated, and issues that aren't important to me and you think I am arrogant? Please.
    You have spent the last four posts NOT refuting a single post or argument of mine. You have dodged weaved and ignored. Its always arrogant to tell someone else what they think and why they think it. if you read my actual content you will find I never described your views on abortion, I discussed your assertion that to challenge or test a SCOTUS decision like either Heller or Roe, you must not be trustworthy as a slap in the face of virtually every conservative political figure from 1980 forward. You refused to discuss that assertion. Instead you changed the subject to your views on Roe. Tnat was not a response. It was a dodge.

    I have never said that conservatives could not have 'libertarian' views or characterized yours. I said that you needed to do more thinking if you thought that conservatives were protectors of liberty while liberals were not. Conservatives have time and time again been champions of 'law and order' police powers like the patriot act, that were entirely inconsistent with the 'freedom' mantra that you suggest Haymarket endangers. So, once again you tell me you have 'libertarian' views as though that excused a contradiction you did not want to talk about. Are these conservatives, who's politics you purport in your own words to largely support, untrustworthy with power? Crickets.... I get crickets. You accuse me of arrogance for making assumptions you cannot prove I made, and then tell me why I made them. , when you are labeling Haymarkets views and then telling us why he holds them.

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    Re: Is displaying the Declaration of Independence in government buildings and schools unconstitution

    Quote Originally Posted by btthegreat View Post
    You have spent the last four posts NOT refuting a single post or argument of mine. You have dodged weaved and ignored. Its always arrogant to tell someone else what they think and why they think it. if you read my actual content you will find I never described your views on abortion, I discussed your assertion that to challenge or test a SCOTUS decision like either Heller or Roe, you must not be trustworthy as a slap in the face of virtually every conservative political figure from 1980 forward. You refused to discuss that assertion. Instead you changed the subject to your views on Roe. Tnat was not a response. It was a dodge.

    I have never said that conservatives could not have 'libertarian' views or characterized yours. I said that you needed to do more thinking if you thought that conservatives were protectors of liberty while liberals were not. Conservatives have time and time again been champions of 'law and order' police powers like the patriot act, that were entirely inconsistent with the 'freedom' mantra that you suggest Haymarket endangers. So, once again you tell me you have 'libertarian' views as though that excused a contradiction you did not want to talk about. Are these conservatives, who's politics you purport in your own words to largely support, untrustworthy with power? Crickets.... I get crickets. You accuse me of arrogance for making assumptions you cannot prove I made, and then tell me why I made them. , when you are labeling Haymarkets views and then telling us why he holds them.
    FFS, you try to push buttons with the abortion issue, then you make assertions regarding how I should feel about conservatives. Your arguments are phony bull**** and they jump all over the map without knowing a damned thing about my background and demanding positions from me, straw man much? By the way, how you shaped your arguments and the illogical leaps you made showed your intent, you proved your assertions all on your own.

    You are engaging in multiple assumptions and think I am engaging in your same fallacious thinking about another poster I have interacted with over and over on this site for years. Do yourself a favor, stop sticking your foot in your mouth.

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    Re: Is displaying the Declaration of Independence in government buildings and schools unconstitution

    Quote Originally Posted by OpportunityCost View Post
    FFS, you try to push buttons with the abortion issue, then you make assertions regarding how I should feel about conservatives. Your arguments are phony bull**** and they jump all over the map without knowing a damned thing about my background and demanding positions from me, straw man much? By the way, how you shaped your arguments and the illogical leaps you made showed your intent, you proved your assertions all on your own.

    You are engaging in multiple assumptions and think I am engaging in your same fallacious thinking about another poster I have interacted with over and over on this site for years. Do yourself a favor, stop sticking your foot in your mouth.
    Bull****. I don't need to know your background. I picked an incredibly obvious example in Roe of an issue in which the majority of conservatives have been encouraging legislative challenges of the boundaries of a SCOTUS decision involving freedom because it isn't just a 'statist' from the left who does this. It does not matter what your view of Roe is, for the comparison to work. Because the issue has never been about Heller or Roe specifically Its about your tendency to dismiss groups with one silly partisan cliché. Now stop playing games and respond. Are republicans and conservatives who have been openly advocating for test cases on Roe for generations, all 'untrustworthy' with our freedoms or not? Is it just people who oppose abortion rights who get a free pass because they are conservatives, or do I get one too when I encourage my legislature to test the boundaries of Heller?


    Once we are finished exploring if you are a partisan hack or if you are equally consistent in your dismissal of everyone who challenges SCOTUS on an issue of freedom, we will go back to discussing civil liberties and conservatives.

    My assumption about you is that you really did not think very clearly about how often the progressives defend those liberties you think you hold so dear when they involve the second, and how often you should be bowing and kissing our feet, for defending fourth amendment protections which your political allies trample on.


    I will know I put my foot in it, when you denounce all conservatives as just as untrustworthy statists with our freedoms as I and Haymarket apparently are. If your refuse to see the inconsistency, I will know you do NOT base your views on principle at all. Its based on labels and that makes you a partisan. So which are you, a principled conservative with libertarian views, or a crass partisan conservative, who fell into a trap you set yourself?
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    Re: Is displaying the Declaration of Independence in government buildings and schools unconstitution

    Quote Originally Posted by btthegreat View Post
    Bull****. I don't need to know your background. I picked an incredibly obvious example in Roe of an issue in which the majority of conservatives have been encouraging legislative challenges of the boundaries of a SCOTUS decision involving freedom because it isn't just a 'statist' from the left who does this. It does not matter what your view of Roe is, for the comparison to work. Because the issue has never been about Heller or Roe specifically Its about your tendency to dismiss groups with one silly partisan cliché. Now stop playing games and respond. Are republicans and conservatives who have been openly advocating for test cases on Roe for generations, all 'untrustworthy' with our freedoms or not? Is it just people who oppose abortion rights who get a free pass because they are conservatives, or do I get one too when I encourage my legislature to test the boundaries of Heller?


    Once we are finished exploring if you are a partisan hack or if you are equally consistent in your dismissal of everyone who challenges SCOTUS on an issue of freedom, we will go back to discussing civil liberties and conservatives.

    My assumption about you is that you really did not think very clearly about how often the progressives defend those liberties you think you hold so dear when they involve the second, and how often you should be bowing and kissing our feet, for defending fourth amendment protections which your political allies trample on.


    I will know I put my foot in it, when you denounce all conservatives as just as untrustworthy statists with our freedoms as I and Haymarket apparently are. If your refuse to see the inconsistency, I will know you do NOT base your views on principle at all. Its based on labels and that makes you a partisan. So which are you, a principled conservative with libertarian views, or a crass partisan conservative, who fell into a trap you set yourself?
    You want to pretend hay is a garden variety Democrat that's on you, he's a hyper partisan statist that does not care whose rights get trampled in the process of implementing his "solutions".

    So, if the case named didn't matter why bring up a watershed issue like abortion? Why not Kelo, or Miranda? You made assumptions. You are already making more by demanding I denounce both sides to satisfy your viewpoint. Talk about arguing both sides of an argument never made by your opponent.

    You are telling me exactly who you are and all it took was one disagreement.

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    Re: Is displaying the Declaration of Independence in government buildings and schools unconstitution

    Quote Originally Posted by cabse5 View Post
    I understand you wish to keep traditions like swearing the newly elected president in with his hand on a Bible....BTW, does that tradition mean anything to you?
    Your understanding is faulty: I don’t care one way or the other about minor religious traditions. And it doesn’t make difference if it means anything to me, it only matters to the person swearing.

    I meant in the laws of gov't not in the buildings of gov't when I posted where is religion in gov't.
    Ah, that’s different. There have clearly been influences, and there have been laws based on religious motivation, but no laws should be based solely or mainly on religious principles.


    I understand you wish for all religions to be represented in governmental buildings and monuments, for examples.
    I have no such wish. All religions should be equal under the law.

    What about laws of gov't, though? Where are the laws based on the teachings of Confucius? The laws based on the teachings of Judaism? The laws based on the teachings of Christianity? The laws based on the teachings of Islam? The laws based on the teachings of any religion(s)?
    Nope. Shouldn’t happen.

    I've realized some laws aren't executed and prosecutions not coming from violations of said laws due to circumstances like religion and political ideology.
    I guess there is no such thing as the rule of law anymore and, like everything else, the law has become political.
    I’m not sure what you’re referring to. Which laws aren’t enforced because if religious or political ideology? Examples, please.
    Therefore, since the world has still/Much good, but much less good than ill,
    And while the sun and moon endure/Luck's a chance, but trouble's sure,
    I'd face it as a wise man would,/And train for ill and not for good.

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