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Yes Joe, I agree they use "twisted logic" how else could the Supreme Court come to the conclusion that Corporations are people? I am sure that all of us can point to Court Decisions that we disagree with but there is a process to change those decisions and that process is called a "Constitutional Amendment". In 230 somewhat years there are 33 of them thus far and you are required as a citizen to respect each and every one of them regardless of your "opinion" just like the rest of us.
No John, not ALL States, 2/3's of them are required to approve along with 2/3's of both the House and the Senate. For all the vitriol spewed about various Presidents, they do not have a role in that process other than their speaking platform and opinion.
I am fairly sure that John Oliver is not a "Constitutional Scholar" and his opinion carries about as much weight as yours or mine. Free speech does not include a "Right" to slander your neighbor and it does not include the right to scream Ebola or Fire in a public venue now does it. If/when the Fed passes legislation that does not pass the Courts interpretation of what is or is not Constitutional that legislation is overturned and the legislative branch must return to the drawing board and try again, or amend the Constitution. There are numerous examples throughout our history.
In closing, either you accept the Constitutional Amendment process in whole, or you reject the process and throw out All 33 Amendments including the "Bill of Rights: which contains the bulk of our most cherished freedoms. My poor indoctrinated brain thinks that the Constitutional Amendment process is valid and must be respected even when individuals disagree with specific outcomes. If enough individuals band together and go through the long and tedious process then and only then can an amendment can be overturned, changed or added even in the modern world of today.
Which is it Joe? Do not speak with forked tongue here because you cannot have it both ways.
I look forward to your answer.
Bill of Rights
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
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.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
Joe, so you would rather return to the archaic belief that owning less than 50 acres of land would make you ineligible to vote? This is the standard that most states set.
Women were allowed to vote only in New Jersey and only if they owned 50 acres or more.
You would have us believe that the entire process of "Constitutional Amendment:" is by definition "Unconstitutional" and by using that reasoning the entire "Bill of Rights: which contains the 1st 10 amendments should be overturned, or do you just want to overturn all the amendments after the Bill of Rights? You cannot have it both ways here. Either the original Constitution is static and unchanging or there is a valid amendment process that you have to accept. Which is is Joe?
"Does the Constitution still matter? It is a matter of freedom."
Yes every single day and it gives "Every American Citizen" the right to express their opinion. Even the ones that disagree with Joe Meglen.
I encourage every single resident of this great country to get out there and vote in the upcoming election regardless of your political views. That is both your "Right" and your "Responsibility" as a Citizen of the United States of America.
“We the People” is all inclusive. Women benefited immediately from the recognition of constitutional rights."
This obviously explains the Women's Sufferage movement that began roughly 100 years after the Constitution was written. Clearly women benefited immediately from the signing of that great document.
"The founders inherited the institution of slavery, which had been forced on the Colonies 200 years before they were born"
Yes I can imagine how the guns were held to their heads and forced them to bid in the slave auctions.
Come on Man!
Funny, most of what Joe Meglen believes is "History" is not taught in schools, Colleges or Universities.
I rarely agree with Mark Hartless, but in this case he got it exactly right.
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