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To: rmlew
To criticize the profound harm done to our society by the civil rights movement and its aftermath is not to defend all of the South's pre-civil rights racial policies.

Yes it is. Contrary to your protestations, you are defending just that.


7 posted on 05/19/2005 3:45:40 AM PDT by rdb3 (One may smile and smile and still be a villain.)
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To: rdb3; rmlew

"Yes it is. Contrary to your protestations, you are defending just that."

If I say that Roe should be reversed, does that make me anti-abortion or pro-life? No, it makes me against the federal government intervening in the issue.

If I say that the War Powers Act is wrong, does that make me pro-war or anti-war? No, it makes me against the federal Congress abrogating its constitutional duties.

You can argue against a law on procedural grounds. You can argue against a law on moral grounds. You can even--believe it or not--argue against a law on the basis of federalism.

You evidently see all civil rights laws only in terms of moral grounds. So he is a racist, because no one could oppose civil rights laws without being immoral in your eyes.
Your simplistic vision of what is 'good' law demonstrates how easy it is to fool some of the people all of the time. No law is good. Good is in the discretion of the executive.

Rmlew may be a racist to you because of your perspective. But I see the law in terms of constitutionalism and federalism. And because no one could advocate the extension of federal power into state civil rights without knowing they are advocating the permanent establishment of government intervention in that arena, and no conservative would do that for fear that same government in the hands of leftists would enforce a different vision of 'rights' (see affirmative action, homosexual marriage, etc.), you are a fool, and especially foolish when you call yourself a conservative.


10 posted on 05/19/2005 2:51:31 PM PDT by LibertarianInExile (<-- sick of faux-conservatives who want federal government intervention for 'conservative things.')
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To: rdb3
Have you heard of the law of unintended consequences?
Are you not aware that a poorly written or thought-out law can can cause harm, despite the best intentions those voting for it?

Moreover, anConstitutional law, regardless of its intent is damaging to the Republic.

12 posted on 05/19/2005 4:23:37 PM PDT by rmlew (Copperheads and Peaceniks beware! Sedition is a crime.)
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