May 25, 2012

On Freedom

I got permission to share a private email from a good friend of this blog. I would go for anonymity, but the geography will give away sc:

Went to a meeting on defeating the marriage amendment last night. I guess I'm ankle deep in gay activism. Didn't see that coming, but what's right is what's right. So here are two take aways from the evening; the gay republican speaker was pretty well received, better than I would have thought and better than the guy JG mentioned. The second thing that occurred to me was that throughout most of history and in a lot of places in the world now a meeting like that could have gotten us all arrested and probably killed. God bless the United States of America! The constitution in practice has been a dream deferred, but we are achieving its promise. The God given, inalienable rights once limited to some will eventually be recognized as belonging to all. That document separates us from most of human history and is still man's best hope. I guess I'm kind of proud of having a small role to play In seeing that dream deferred becoming a promise kept. America, f#%k yeah!

Between us, I have my doubts about Minnesota. I think we are competitive in Rochester, Duluth and the cities, but only by razor thin margins, which throws the decision outstate and I don't see us winning there.

America, F*ck Yeah! Posted by John Kranz at May 25, 2012 12:08 PM

The Constitution (and the New York Times) does a fine job of protecting citizens from arrest or murder when they confront the law on social issues. But try defending your individual Constitutional protection against unreasonable seizure, as did Chrysler's "secured" bondholders, and see who comes to your defense.

Posted by: johngalt at May 25, 2012 4:32 PM

Justice Ginsberg tried. And, to be fair, the secured debt holders were not imprisoned. It wasn't like they were importing lobsters in plastic bags or anything.

I think it is instructive. Our First Amendment rights have been jealously guarded by, yes, the New York Times and Larry Flint and the Illinois Nazis (man, I hate Illinois Nazis!) and the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" guy and the flag burners and Rev. Phelps. An odd coalition to be sure, but the critical mass has protected speech.

Our Fifth Amendment rights you miss and Second and Fourth have fewer protectors and pari passu are less "absolute."

All that said, celebrating liberty where you find it is never a bad way to spend a minute.

Posted by: jk at May 25, 2012 5:45 PM | What do you think? [2]