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Should We Obey All Laws?
Townhall.com ^ | May 16, 2012 | Walter E. Williams

Posted on 05/16/2012 3:48:55 AM PDT by Kaslin

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1 posted on 05/16/2012 3:48:56 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

But if those laws conflict with the laws of God, God’s laws much come first.


2 posted on 05/16/2012 3:54:07 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Kaslin
Bravo !

+1

3 posted on 05/16/2012 4:02:46 AM PDT by tomkat (:^)
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To: Kaslin
I don't believe that you could find a U.S. soldier who would follow a presidential order to descend on a state to round up or shoot down fellow Americans because they refuse to follow a congressional order to buy health insurance.

Well I believe it.

4 posted on 05/16/2012 4:06:33 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (Non-compliant, not govt-issued, and not voting for Romney.)
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To: Kaslin
I don't believe that you could find a U.S. soldier who would follow a presidential order to descend on a state to round up or shoot down fellow Americans because they refuse to follow a congressional order to buy health insurance.

And then there's the paramilitary police. How many more incidents need to happen before you start believing that people will do just about anything that authority commands?

Search "Milgram" for a refresher course.

5 posted on 05/16/2012 4:16:47 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (Non-compliant, not govt-issued, and not voting for Romney.)
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To: Lady Lucky
I don't believe that you could find a U.S. soldier who would follow a presidential order to descend on a state to round up or shoot down fellow Americans because they refuse to follow a congressional order to buy health insurance.

Well I believe it.

If a member of the armed forces is issued an illegal order it is that service members duty to report the illegal order and TAKE ACTION to resolve the situation. This includes arresting that next upper chain of command for mutiny.

6 posted on 05/16/2012 4:16:51 AM PDT by USCG SimTech (Honored to serve since '71)
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To: Kaslin

I really wonder if, in our Nation as it exists today, there is a sufficient number of non-sheep to form the critical mass necessary to beat back tyranny...


7 posted on 05/16/2012 4:23:54 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: Kaslin

A Royal Proclamation
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLIJv6z21XM

Liberty will reign.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2FAAVPX-jg


8 posted on 05/16/2012 4:27:18 AM PDT by TheCause ("that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States")
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To: USCG SimTech
Yes, I'm aware of that. Nevertheless, many will not choose to view a given order as illegal, but instead decide to agree with the authority that commands (and that controls their careers, their fortunes, their very lives).

In any case the soldiers won't be troubled with the job of suppressing resistance to obamacare. The paramilitary police will SWAT down all opponents.

Imagine if they'd been around during Prohibition.

9 posted on 05/16/2012 4:30:20 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (Non-compliant, not govt-issued, and not voting for Romney.)
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To: Kaslin
Moral people can't rely solely on the courts to establish what's right or wrong

This is what is profoundly different in our country today. When they removed God from the public square they made the government the final say in what is moral.

Agree or disagree all you want, but one only needs to look to 0bama's current stance on gay rights and the twisting he did to get it to fit his 'christian faith' and one has the truth. 0bama standing up there acting and proclaiming the immoral acts of government, as the voice of God's intent.

10 posted on 05/16/2012 4:36:49 AM PDT by EBH (Obama took away your American Dreams and replaced them with "Dreams from My (his) Father".)
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To: Kaslin

When the government (all three branches, federal state and local) abandoned the Constitution and ceased to be bound by it the precedent was set that all laws are voluntary and observance of thd law I’d unnecessary so long as one can avoid the jack-booted street gang of the police.

I’m not advocating anarchy, I am merely observing it practiced by professionals.


11 posted on 05/16/2012 4:37:47 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (I like Obamacare because Granny signed the will and I need the cash)
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To: TheCause

bump


12 posted on 05/16/2012 4:40:06 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Lady Lucky

And what about seizing privately owned firearms and ammunition from the public? We already KNOW that cops will do it (wake up call courtesy of the NOPD - Katrina).


13 posted on 05/16/2012 4:41:18 AM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: USCG SimTech

correct


14 posted on 05/16/2012 4:41:59 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: USCG SimTech
If a member of the armed forces is issued an illegal order it is that service members duty to report the illegal order and TAKE ACTION to resolve the situation

Here is the twist on that...

If the law stands, the order is not illegal. The only way the order is illegal is if the courts rule 0bamacare is unConstitutional and 0bama/IRS/government implement it anyway. Then and only then is it illegal. Members of the armed services are not protected from immoral laws, just illegal ones.

15 posted on 05/16/2012 4:42:14 AM PDT by EBH (Obama took away your American Dreams and replaced them with "Dreams from My (his) Father".)
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To: Kaslin

Walter Williams is amazing.


16 posted on 05/16/2012 4:50:33 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The so-called 'mainstream' media has gone from "biased" straight to "utterly surreal".)
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To: Kaslin

SCOTUS is NOT the final word on the US Constitution, it is “We the People”, and no we should not obey laws that are against the US Constition, as Jefferson I think said, “Rebellion to tryanny is obedience to God”


17 posted on 05/16/2012 4:52:58 AM PDT by stockpirate (Romney, Ann Coulter & our ruling republican elites, are Big Government socialists, Grand Ole Sociali)
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To: Biggirl
But if those laws conflict with the laws of God, God’s laws much come first.

"Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and unto God that which is God's." I think we all know how little is owed to government when there is a conflict, since everything is God's.

18 posted on 05/16/2012 4:53:03 AM PDT by Pollster1 (“A boy becomes a man when a man is needed.” - John Steinbeck)
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To: Little Ray

Of course!
Although in recent years the Second Amendment seems to have cut a few extra teeth, you know if enough people got stirred up to resist government oppression, the gun grabbing would commence in no time at all. Manufacturers would get “temporarily” shut down (and shutting down a business temporarily can be like stopping someone from breathing temporarily).
The Occupy vermin could turn back the pro-2A advances all by themselves with a few lively riots in major cities.
Our push will inevitably come to govt shove, and govt holds most of the cards.


19 posted on 05/16/2012 5:05:40 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (Non-compliant, not govt-issued, and not voting for Romney.)
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To: Pollster1

Thank-you for the scrpture confirmation.


20 posted on 05/16/2012 5:07:24 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Lazamataz

Yes he is


21 posted on 05/16/2012 5:11:14 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: USCG SimTech
If a member of the armed forces is issued an illegal order it is that service members duty to report the illegal order and TAKE ACTION to resolve the situation. This includes arresting that next upper chain of command for mutiny.

True, but if that service member does not carry out that order, he is still open to UCMJ action. The climate says to do the "right" thing by doing the "wrong" thing, then try to have the one giving unlawful orders taken to task. Military folks are in a catch-22 in this area.

22 posted on 05/16/2012 5:39:55 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: Biggirl; Kaslin

Here is a post I made as a vanity a while back:

On Re-reading Sophocles’ Antigone

I have long admired Robert Fagles’ translations of the classics, and was re-reading his rendition of Antigone by Sophocles a few nights ago. I was inspired to do so by recent events. I thought I’d post this vanity to encapsulate my mental ramblings and see if they resonate with anyone else out there.

Antigone is the first of the three “Theban” plays written by Sophocles, the Greek playwright most famous for his second Theban play, Oedipus Rex. The story of that play tells of the tragedy of Oedipus, who killed his father and married his mother, Jocasta. Although he did so in ignorance, the fate of his lineage and their city state of Thebes was then cursed, and the drama in Antigone is a continuation of that curse: Antigone is the daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta.

The play opens with Creon, the king of Thebes, and uncle of Antigone, having put down a rebellion by Polynices, the brother of Antigone. Creon has decreed that the punishment for such treason is death, and that the body of this traitor is then to be left to rot unburied in public view, under pain of death.
In Greek culture of that time, burial was required by the gods, and was important for the soul’s fate after death, and female relatives had responsibility for the burial rites.

Antigone goes out and secretly throws a handful of dirt on the corpse of Polynices to fulfill her obligations to the gods. Creon finds out, and Antigone is sentenced to death.

Before she is led off for execution, however, she makes a speech to Creon that basically delineates two types of laws: Laws that are ancient and primal, Divinely decreed; and then laws that are merely decreed by rulers and governments.

That a sister should bury her brother is of the first type to Antigone, and this takes obvious precedence over Creons’ decree in her mind. And so she brakes Creon’s law in order to fulfill the more fundamental, Divine law, gladly accepting that this would result in her death.

In this play by Sophocles, there is a tension between these two types of laws. Creon is considered a good ruler, whose laws are rightly concerned with the practical good of the city state. And yet, these laws clash with laws that are deeper, the Divine laws whose purpose is somewhat shrouded, whose good is only known clearly by the gods.

The parallels are not lost on me regarding the rights stated in our Declaration of Independence - with which we are endowed by our Creator - compared to all the man-made Constitutional and extra- or post-Constitutional laws and regulations that have come down since then. These latter laws, while often well-meaning, are mere human attempts, similar to Creon’s.

These thoughts were going through my mind lately in the face of the way certain people and groups have tried to corrupt or coop our Constitution and Bill of Rights for use against the very Divinely granted rights and freedoms on which our country was founded in the Declaration, even to the point of going against the very survival of this country and its people altogether.

Specifically, it becomes clear that blind insistence on Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion - decreed (and later interpreted) by mere humans in the Bill of Rights - is being used in an insidious effort by Moslems and Leftists to destroy our very freedoms, our most fundamental rights - those ancient, primal, and Divinely bestowed rights - to Life, to Liberty, and to the Pursuit of
Happiness.

We, as a people, have basic rights to exist as a people, to live free of tyranny, and to pursue happiness - which is historically best done through the freedom inherent in Capitalism. No decree from OBAMA, Congress, the courts, the UN, Muslims, would-be global masters, academia, the media, etc, should persuade us to commit national suicide or enslave ourselves to would-be tyrants.

Deeper, Divine laws trump the human ones being corrupted for use against us. Antigone will not allow a mere human decree to keep her from her sacred obligation to bury her brother. And we should not allow a corruption of our well-intentioned - but human - Constitution to turn our God-given freedoms into chains or instruments for our destruction.

There are laws more ancient than those of mere humans.


23 posted on 05/16/2012 5:59:30 AM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: Kaslin
I don't believe that you could find a U.S. soldier who would follow a presidential order to descend on a state to round up or shoot down fellow Americans because they refuse to follow a congressional order to buy health insurance.

Remember the Oath Keepers . If you havent' done it yet, go to their website and read "Ten Orders We Will Not Obey". I don't believe you could not find a US soldier who would obey an unconstitutional order, but I also believe there are many more who won't!

24 posted on 05/16/2012 6:00:13 AM PDT by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: Kaslin

The answer is an unqualified and resounding NO!

Understand the concept of social contract and you will see that no law has any weight unless it is supported by the people. Prohibition failed because it was forced upon the majority by a vocal and strident minority that browbeat its opponents with superficially moral arguments (just like homos are trying to do today).

But we must always remember that We the People empower the Government, not vice versa. And that government that imposes on its people a will in conflict with their own is not legitimate. Nor are its fruits.


25 posted on 05/16/2012 6:06:23 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: Kaslin
In a word, if the Supreme Court rules that Obamacare is constitutional, citizens should press their state governors and legislatures to nullify the law. You say, "Williams, the last time states got into this nullification business, it led to a war that cost 600,000 lives." Two things are different this time. First, most Americans are against Obamacare, and secondly, I don't believe that you could find a U.S. soldier who would follow a presidential order to descend on a state to round up or shoot down fellow Americans because they refuse to follow a congressional order to buy health insurance.

There's another difference that IMHO is even more important. The law that that some of the States tried to nullify the last time was a Constitutional Amendment, properly ratified by a majority of the States. That was a war between the States over that amendment. This will be a war between the States and the national government over an attempted usurpation of power.

26 posted on 05/16/2012 6:07:09 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: IronJack; All; BlackElk; wagglebee; Gelato; Steve Schulin
"An unjust law is no law at all." -- St. Augustine


The Equal Protection for Posterity Resolution


A Resolution affirming vital existing constitutional protections for the unalienable right to life of every innocent person, from the first moment of creation until natural death.

WHEREAS
, The first stated principle of the United States, in its charter, the Declaration of Independence, is the assertion of the self-evident truth that all men are created equal, and that they are each endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, beginning with the right to life, and that the first purpose of all government is to defend that supreme right; and

WHEREAS
, The first stated purposes of We the People of the United States in our Constitution are “to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity”; and

WHEREAS
, The United States Constitution, in the Fourteenth Amendment, imperatively requires that all persons within the jurisdictions of all the States be afforded the equal protection of the laws; and

WHEREAS, The United States Constitution, in the Fifth and the Fourteenth Amendments, explicitly forbids the taking of the life of any innocent person; and

WHEREAS
, The practices of abortion and euthanasia violate every clause of the stated purposes of the United States Constitution, and its explicit provisions; and

WHEREAS
, Modern science has demonstrated beyond any reasonable doubt that the individual human person’s physical existence begins at the moment of biological inception or creation; and

WHEREAS
, All executive, legislative and judicial Officers in America, at every level and in every branch, have sworn before God to support the United States Constitution as required by Article VI of that document, and have therefore, because the Constitution explicitly requires it, sworn to protect the life of every innocent person;

THEREFORE, WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES HEREBY RESOLVE
that the God-given, unalienable right to life of every innocent person, from biological inception or creation to natural death, be protected everywhere within every state, territory and jurisdiction of the United States of America; that every officer of the judicial, legislative and executive departments, at every level and in every branch, is required to use all lawful means to protect every innocent life within their jurisdictions; and that we will henceforth deem failure to carry out this supreme sworn duty to be cause for removal from public office via impeachment or recall, or by statutory or electoral means, notwithstanding any law passed by any legislative body within the United States, or the decision of any court, or the decree of any executive officer, at any level of governance, to the contrary.
 



Sign the Resolution ...


27 posted on 05/16/2012 6:16:58 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (We're not Republicans or Democrats. We're Americans. Visit SelfGovernment.US.)
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To: Kaslin

funny discussion. we talk about people disobeyiong laws that we don’t like, when there are millions of foreigners on our soil today doing just that. we call ‘em illegal immigrants.


28 posted on 05/16/2012 6:18:09 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: tacticalogic

What amendment was that? You can’t be talking about the 13th & 14th amendments, since those were passed after the war, so you’ve got me stumped.


29 posted on 05/16/2012 6:34:25 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Kaslin

Wm Blackstone -as reflected by James Wilson— as summarized by
myself “when our laws violate the Laws dictated by God,Himself, either the laws of Nature,or the Revealed Law —
then our laws are invalid.I think even Marbury v. Madison declares any law the violates the Constitution is void. So if Congress passes a law that does not reflect our written Constitution—or that violates the laws dictated by God, Himself then such law ought be resisted-and opposed and considered no law at all.


30 posted on 05/16/2012 6:40:32 AM PDT by StonyBurk (ring)
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To: Kaslin
Former slave Frederick Douglass advised: "Find out just what people will submit to and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them. ... The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress."

The TSA is a deliberate attempt to test those limits - and so far they haven't hit any significant resistance.

31 posted on 05/16/2012 6:45:32 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Kaslin
In the military, one is required to obey all LAWFUL orders. But how does an 18 or 19 year old E-3 determine what is lawful, when courts even disagree on interpretations? Same goes for civilians and civil/criminal laws.

Doing what's "right" is not always an excuse. It would be "right" to assassinate Soros and Satan's other key minions, but if caught, you'd still pay the price.

Deep philosophy makes my head hurt!

32 posted on 05/16/2012 7:16:52 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: Lazamataz
Walter Williams is amazing.

Amen. Just imagine the difference if he'd been the first black President of the United States!

33 posted on 05/16/2012 7:20:45 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: JimRed
But how does an 18 or 19 year old E-3 determine what is lawful

How can anybody? There are so many laws on the books, many that are contradictory, that it is possible for every person to be in violation of some law or ordinance at any time in the natural course of their day; enforcement of which then becomes a matter of whim.

Dictatorship lite. It's what's for breakfast.

34 posted on 05/16/2012 7:32:48 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (When we cease to be good we'll cease to be great. Be for Goode.)
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To: JimRed

The left, of course, holds no consistency except the advancement of their [communist] agenda.

I’ve had “discussions” with leftists about the constitutionality of federal level welfare programs.
Their response is that since the USSC hasn’t ruled them unconstitutional, they aren’t.

Of course, we’ll see what they have to say if/when 0bamacare is struck down.

Like I said, they are consistent in nothing except their agenda. They will disagree at the least, and openly criticize/deride the court as unauthoritative when it goes against their agenda.


35 posted on 05/16/2012 7:41:00 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Kaslin

I did not realize that our wonderful Dr. Williams was still writing columns.

Thank you for the article.


36 posted on 05/16/2012 7:51:30 AM PDT by Gatn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Lady Lucky; USCG SimTech

As do I Ms. Lucky. Our military has becoem dangerously infiltrated by non-citizens and members of criminal gangs. Or both.

Unfortunately, government won’t need US soldiers anyway. It will be some kind of SWAT team on steroids...always with positive coverage in the media.

Maybe a TV series...”Health Care Cops, Houston”.


37 posted on 05/16/2012 8:00:23 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Biggirl
But if those laws conflict with the laws of God, God’s laws must come first.

****************

And if one's version of God happens to go by the name "Allah" ... ?

38 posted on 05/16/2012 8:06:54 AM PDT by DNME (A monarch's neck should always have a noose around it. It keeps him upright. — Robert Heinlein)
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To: Kaslin
No. Of course not.

Art 1 Sec 8 strictly limits Federal power. Anything not within those express limits should be ignored and fought in court. Any legislators passing such laws should be removed from office via the ballot box or again... the courts.

Any State laws violating the Constitutions express limits on their power, either by having ceded that power to the Federal government or made off limits by the Bill of Rights, should also be ignored as above.

Any court not upholding those limits needs to be shut down or said justice impeached and jailed.

Failing ALL of that... We need to revert to our first Right of defending ourselves via force of arms as is our inherent Right to do so.

And yes, we are at that "last line in the sand" period. Our system is no longer checking and balancing itself as it should. We are no longer in that Clair Wolf "awkward time"...

39 posted on 05/16/2012 8:07:13 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (Steampunk- Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today)
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To: Uncle Ike

III%

This is all that is needed.

40 posted on 05/16/2012 8:08:36 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (Steampunk- Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today)
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To: BenLurkin

Not surprised, because gun sales have gone up through the roof.


41 posted on 05/16/2012 8:13:26 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: DNME

That is why I go with the teaching of Jesus, to render unto God what is God’s.


42 posted on 05/16/2012 8:15:06 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Uncle Ike

There is.


43 posted on 05/16/2012 8:15:50 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Uncle Ike

Judging by the complacency over 1.3 million state sanctioned murders every year, I’d say no.


44 posted on 05/16/2012 8:17:35 AM PDT by Truthsearcher
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To: Uncle Ike

Take confort, there is hope.


45 posted on 05/16/2012 8:28:12 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: DNME

I go by, love God first, others second, myself third.


46 posted on 05/16/2012 8:30:32 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Uncle Ike
I really wonder if, in our Nation as it exists today, there is a sufficient number of non-sheep to form the critical mass necessary to beat back tyranny...

That's a darn good question. My tentative answer is no, there aren't enough non-sheep. The American people seem to accept what there are told to do in ridiculous laws. The TSA bullcrap that goes on every day is proof of that.

47 posted on 05/16/2012 9:10:22 AM PDT by OldPossum
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To: camle

The illegal immigrants you equate to citizens are not part of the community that (ostensibly) created the laws. Therefore, they have no say in whether they should be obeyed or not.

If you crash my party, you don’t get to complain about the beer I’m serving. But if you helped pay for a keg and I went out and bought red wine instead (because I don’t like beer), then you have a right to kvetch.


48 posted on 05/16/2012 9:36:52 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: Kaslin

Suppose you were on the jury for colonial newspaper publisher John Peter Zenger, who published articles against the King. Would you convict him of doing so? The jury didn’t — they said he had a right to do so.


49 posted on 05/16/2012 10:03:34 AM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Kaslin

Moral people can’t rely solely on the courts to establish what’s right or wrong


A good deal of this crap would stop if School children (and their parents) were reminded that a jury has not only the right but the obligation to judge the law as well as the offence ... and that this concept was validated by the Supreme Court opinion that has not been superceded. In the 1800s, judges used to tell you this ... but no longer.

Every juror should start deliberations with a request to see a copy of the exact text of the law which the defendant is claimed to have violated. If the law is vague, and subject to multiple interpretations, then no one’s liberty or treasure should be confiscated to enforce it. Some judges will throw you off of the jury if you insist on actually seeing the text of the law.

The next question is, “Is this a law that we should enforce? In other words, is it moral?”

For example, if I were on a jury for a young person accused of violating a pot possession law, I would note that the past 3 Presidents have admitted to the press that they broke this law; and then I would ask, “Is this a law that should be enforced?”

If so, then the third question can be asked ... did the defendant intend to and then actually violate the law?

Check FIJA.com for more information.


50 posted on 05/16/2012 1:30:40 PM PDT by Mack the knife
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