Prague Twin

Friday, December 15, 2006

Bill of Rights Day

Celebrate 'em while you still got 'em, all ten of 'em. It looks like the Democrats have quit attacking the Second, but the First, Fourth, and Ninth are still under serious pressure from the executive.

Please visit A Republic, if you can keep it for a list of events around the country, and I suspect later today, a thoughtful piece on the Bill of Rights.


  • The first has been under bipartisan attack for some time now. Let us recall McCain Feingold

    By Anonymous Arch Stanton, at 5:26 PM  

  • Here Here!

    By Blogger Praguetwin, at 6:22 PM  

  • I still think the 2nd is under attack. There is no prior restraint for free speech, that is, only punishment or a lawsuit for oral or written crimes or torts only exitst after the fact, while you have to get a license and/or prove you have the ability to even own, not use, own a gun. And you can lose the right to keep and bear arms. You never lose your right to speak. Something wrong with that. With you and Stanton on McCain Feingold. Hope the case in which it passed constitutional muster is soon reversed with a new case in front of new members. The 9th is nice in theory (these 10 are not an exhaustive list of our rights) but dangerous for those who think the document evolves over time.
    By the way, Mike, I met a guy who was so far to the right that he was right there with the lefty conspiracy theorist and blaming Bush for bringing down the twin towers et al. Freakin' scary.

    By Blogger Roger Fraley, at 12:28 AM  

  • Thanks for the update on right wing conspiracy theorists. One thing I've learned over time is that when you get to the far extremes is that they start to meet. The political spectrum is much more like a horeshoe than a line. There is still a split between left and right and the extremes but they sure do get close to one another at that point. That is why I prefer the middle.

    Having said that, we have moved so far right as a nation (actually as western culture) over the last twenty years, that moderates now appear as leftists. I consider myself a moderate, but to you and Arch, I'm sure I look like a left wing radicle.

    Good point on the guns. I have close friend who grew pot for at least twenty years. Nicest guy you ever met, from a good Italian family which produces wine. He sold to everyone in town, cheap. After he got busted he was on probation and the cops came and wanted to do a search (which of course they can do any time with a convicted felon). Anyway, they made him open the safe where they found a rifle which belonged to his great grandfather: an heirloom. He did 18 months in federal prison for that. No ammunition. Hadn't been fired in over 30 years.

    Yea, that seems fair. Riiiiiiigt.

    I believe in the constitution and all the ammendments. Our government continues to shit on most of them, and we as a nation fight with each other weather this gun or that gun should be illegal. What a bunch of crap!

    They have us just where they want us, but I still beleive that the tide is turning. The day is near when we all look to the constitution and it's ammendments and say fuck you to the rest. Sorry all for the dirty language, but I get really fired up about this issue.

    We are a nation of law, and it is high time we review those laws and live by them.

    By Blogger Praguetwin, at 1:37 AM  

  • "Celebrate 'em while you still got 'em." Good slogan.

    18 months for possessing a rifle (an heirloom) that hasn't been fired in 30 years?? That's scary.

    By Anonymous Tom Harper, at 3:53 AM  

  • I don't quite know where I stand on McCain Feingold. I am for candidates only being able to use public funds so I am sure that is against freedom of speech or freedom to buy elections or something

    By Blogger GraemeAnfinson, at 8:44 AM  

  • I think for the reasons that PT mentions, we should all demand "constructionist / literalist / textualist / origanalist" (what ever you want to call it) Supreme Court nominees.

    The Kelo decision is one of many decisions that are very telling as to the type of ruling you get from a liberal "living document" Ruth Badder-Ginsburg ACLU "Super Legislature" type of Supreme Court.

    By Anonymous Arch Stanton, at 3:46 PM  

  • As far as eminent domain, I think it depends on the situation. Some places, especially in South America, you have rich landowners that are simply not using their land and poor people that need to farm it. I am in favor of the government taking back land for uses such as that. It is a different story in the US for the most part, but where I grew up 2 people own all the farm land and they run their operation like a f'n plantation.

    By Blogger GraemeAnfinson, at 7:49 PM  

  • Tom,


    Arch and Graeme,

    I'm going to leave this to you guys.

    By Blogger Praguetwin, at 10:46 AM  

  • yeah, my comment sounded rather big governmenty huh? I am not for the government being able to take the average person's home or anything silly like that, but in some extreme cases I believe that land best used by the public ought to remain in the hands of the public.

    By Blogger GraemeAnfinson, at 3:11 AM  

  • Greameanfinson

    Still sounds "Big Gov" to me.

    By Anonymous Arch Stanton, at 6:46 PM  

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