Skip to comments.STOP! The Trivial News Is Sucking Our Freedoms Dry
Posted on 06/30/2005 12:34:53 AM PDT by PittsburghAfterDark
I know we like to post news stories on this board and go OMG OMG OMG teh udder side teh suXorZ!!11! It's rare that anyone really writes anything somewhat original so, here, I'll do something like that.
I'm amazed at some of the twists that are going on in political and legal life right now. So much so that I really think it's worth commenting on. In some ways, we're going in the absolute wrong direction. Now before you get a knee jerk reaction and say i'm a "traitor" or some DUmmie here to quiety say "It's because of Bu$hco and teh ev1l Repukes!!1!1!!" hear me out and see if we can't find some common ground here for once.
I'm not referring to foreign policy, Iraq, terrorism, what Senator Turbin said or anything like that we debate ad nauseum but the subtleties that are fundamentally changing this country in many ways more profound than a few talking points and angry paragraphs can accomodate.
First; the Supreme Court has got to be on crack. When I look at the New London case and eminent domain I'm just sickened. Goodbye fifth ammendment. The most shocking thing about this as far as conventional wisdom goes is that it was the liberal leaning justices that sided against the working man and sided with intrusive government (Really no surprise to me.) and surprisingly; private development. Just what does the fifth ammendment mean now? I really think this ruling has the makings of armed conflict down the road between landowners and government/law enforcement with allies on the landowners side many of us would find incredible pairings today. I can see conservative groups marching and defending minority neighborhoods against government property confiscation. Laugh now, but like I said, I think we're bound to see strange bedfellows on this in the near term future.
Next, Congress and its once per term flag burning ammendment. The thing I love so much about the criticism of this ammendment from free speech proponents is they are the same coalition of political voices that thought McCain-Feingold made such wonderful law. What does one have to do with the other? Both are political speech at their base. Like it or not money buying commercial time is free speech. Want a bigger soap box? Buy more time.
The SCOTUS upheld McCain-Feingold, so there, they've destroyed the meaning of two ammendments so far in my diatribe; the fifth and the first. Meanwhile the freedom of speech people want to protect by ensuring flag burnings legality condemn free speech if it comes with a price tag attached to it. Not to be too glib but what was the saying? Freedom isn't free? I know it wasn't meant in a monetary sense but you see where I'm taking this.
Next, I'm sure someone in the next term if there's a new Chief Justice and a new person on the bench someone will bring Affirmative Action to the court again. Our nice justices have continually trashed the 14th Ammendment in upholding the complete joke of legal discrimination. Now before all of you start going "YOU RACIST OMG OMG TEH EVIL!" Let me finish.
One of my best online friends I used to play PSO with way back during Dreamcast days. He lives in Miami and has been in and out of college courses since I've known him. So what? Here's the kicker. In Miami white males are an overwhelming minority. The city is roughly 75-80% Cuban, Hatian or black. Now that's life of a nation of immigrants just like many New Yorkers at the turn of the 20th Century felt in the minority because of the number of Irish and Italians immigrating. However why is he not given any benefits of affirmative action? He's a minority in the classic sense of the "spirit" of the program isn't he? An underrepresented minority that should be given a better than average shot at representation to ensure diversity, isn't that how the line goes? He shows up in many classes as one of five white faces in a classroom with 35+ "minority" students. So how come he can't benefit from less stringent admissions, financial aid or housing policies?
So bottom line is we are losing our freedoms while arguing incessently over some really trivial things. Our first ammendment; trashed if you're talking about funding political speech. Second ammendment; trashed by more gun laws in more locales than I could possibly list. Could anyone in the five boroughs of New York legally ever buy a handgun as a private citizen if not employed as law enforcement? The fourth ammendment has been trashed by our draconian drug laws that allow siezure and sale of property before trial. The fifth ammendment; see the New London thing.
The eight ammendment? No excessive bail or fines? I think if you look at what Microsoft and the tobacco industries have paid for selling still legal products the courts and trial lawyers have trashed this one as well.
With the lack of willingness government has shown to reign in entitlement spending and their eagerness to expand them (Prescription drug benefits for everyone!) I soon expect third ammendment issues in my lifetime. For those of you not familiar, "No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.". Notice the last phrase "manner prescribed by law". I half expect the SCOTUS and Congress to get together and state that any house with an unoccupied bedroom, even if it's been converted into a "home office or den" will soon house one GI, Marine, airman or Coast Guardsman per unoccupied bedroom with bedroom to be defined by local draft board authorities per each individual household.
None of these are partisan issues. In too many ways we succumb to what Michael Savage rightly calls "party rights" instead of individual rights. I could care less who appointed the judges that voted one way or another on a key decision. I could care less about the margin and makeup of the votes in congress on flag burning, McCain-Feingold etc. I know that both were absolutely wrong. I know that with the things and issues I've brought up each and every one of us suffers and suffers directly.
As much as I may disagree with some in the online political discussion arena if it is your dream to have a 6,000 square foot 5 bedroom home on the California or Florida coast I don't want you to have to worry about the government taking your land because Donald Trump thinks your land would be a great place to erect a 40 story luxury condo that will generate 2,800% more tax revenue than you do. I'm not interested in any of us being served "just deserts" I'm more concerned that all of us have the equal ability to compete and gain from the benefits this country has historically offered her citizens.
With what's going on, I think those gifts are being taken a way from us on a weekly basis and all we do is care about what Dick Durbin said, Michael Shiavo testified to and what some twit in Aruba did the night she disappeared.
God bless you all.
I think I get where you are coming from, however there are a number of threads on those things we are all concerned about. And what you consider fluff, some other FReepers would consider serious. This is a conservative news and discussion forum after all.
If you think the Aruba story is meaningless go here and read a little:
post # 4303
I myself, have just recently begun to see how this story is not insignificant.
The Aruba story may not be meaningless, but it certainly does not merit 10 to 12 hours of coverage every day, day after day after day after day after...
Nice sentance structure, are you channeling Martin Heidegger?
I hear you!
The Schiavo matter is huge. The courts exposed themselves royally as being a bunch of creeps. Once Americans understand Schiavo, they understand why we need to push through a different brand of justices. But of course, if you side with Michael, thinking all those people conspired against him, then you aren't in a position to understand.
I get frustrated with 'wasted time' every single day listening to the radio. I hear someone talk about this and that. It's amazing to me. All those talking heads trying to find 'the pebble in the shoe' because that takes less show prep.
But that's the way life is.
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