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Entries from February 2004

Abandoning Rights

February 29th, 2004 · No Comments

In a discussion on another blog (“Whatever,” maintained by John Scalzi, formerly a film critic for the Fresno Bee), “Todd” argues that Scalzi’s argument for preserving rights he has no plans ever to exercise is “a bit of a humor piece which won’t be taken seriously.”

Among other things, Todd argues that in order to preserve our rights, we should “prove that [exercising these rights] hasn’t destroyed the world.”

This is exactly backwards. The Constitution of the United States places limits upon the government — not upon the citizens. If the government wishes to take away our rights, they must show that 1) they have a genuine governmental interest to do so and 2) that their attempt to take away the right is not unconstitutional.

This article explains that, and also discusses how the Bush Administration’s approach to the controversy over homosexual marriages, its methods for getting conservative judges on the bench, the willingness to use extralegal means to enforce Christian ideals where the law will not allow it and the President’s frequent misguided comments about “activist” judges, are all harmful to the vitality of the Constitution of the United States and, thus, to the continued health of the United States of America as a democratically-driven republic.

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Tags: Constitutional Issues

The End of the Constitution?

February 27th, 2004 · No Comments

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Tags: Politics-In-General

The Passion Over The Passion

February 26th, 2004 · 2 Comments

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Tags: Religion

I’m an Earthy Dog

February 26th, 2004 · No Comments

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Tags: Personal Life

AdSubtract Pro Downgrade

February 26th, 2004 · 1 Comment

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Tags: The Internet

Activists Judicial, Political and Religious

February 24th, 2004 · No Comments

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Tags: Politics-In-General

The New Moneychangers

February 23rd, 2004 · 3 Comments

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Tags: Religion

Ya Wanna Make Sumthin’ Of It?

February 22nd, 2004 · No Comments

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Tags: Blogs & Blogging

Following Up on Janet

February 19th, 2004 · No Comments

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Tags: Social Issues

It’s a Scientific Fact…So?

February 19th, 2004 · No Comments

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Tags: Politics-In-General