December 15, 2009

Bill of Rights Day

CATO scores us as one out of ten. Pretty depressing. I am not going to excerpt, you'll want to read the whole thing. It's what we're all about around here.

I'd add a couple more downers:

-- I thought their Eighth example was not as strong as would be a serious complaint about the possibility of anal rape in American prisons and the jocular attitude toward it.

-- Speaking of attitude, our country's foremost progressive journal, The New Republic, recently ridiculed tea party protesters, calling them "Tenthers" based on their appreciation for the Tenth Amendment. It seems believing in the Bill of Rights is considered akin to being a conspiracy theorist. Sad days.

Hat-tip: Insty

Philosophy Posted by John Kranz at December 15, 2009 1:04 PM

We're taxed to hell and back, and the government borrows hundreds of billions on top of that, in part to sustain a standing army. So does it matter whether the military is quartered in our homes or on their own bases? We're already paying dearly for it. I don't have to feed them, just pay for them.

The true score: zero.

To reword an old adage, the government that was made "strong enough" to "protect" the people is strong enough to ignore its own laws. It's strong enough to break the paper chains that even Jefferson naively advocated to restrict the government. Bush said the right thing but meant it in the wrong way: ultimately the Constitution is "just a goddamn piece of paper."

But what if those who restrict our freedoms are the very people who are in charge of securing them?"

Posted by: Perry Eidelbus at December 15, 2009 1:45 PM

"I believe if they set aside their law as and when they wish, their law no longer has rightful authority over us. All they have over us, then, is tyranny. And I will not live under that yoke."

Posted by: Perry Eidelbus at December 15, 2009 1:46 PM

"Bill of Rights Day?" Not according to Google, where it's the 150th Birthday of LL Zamenhof."

The closest thing to a universal human language today is English, he added, but English in many ways fails to live up to Zamenhof's dream, which was to help create a more egalitarian world.
Posted by: johngalt at December 15, 2009 3:39 PM | What do you think? [3]