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I don't understand this tangent on the amendment process. There isn't a textualist, originalist, or strict constructionist that doesn't say interpret based on what that particular amendment meant at the time of that amendment's ratification. Mark is right, it is dead letter, but I also say it was an unbloody and illegal coup against the much better because less centralized Articles of Confederation. Finally, Supreme Court interpretations and federal laws generally are really only supreme law of land when in furtherance of the constitution. Since the constitution gives no power to Congress for things like social security, there eventual acceptance by Supreme Court should be null. The best remedy for things like that, though, are states nullifying those laws.
Scott, have the architect, engineers, lender, owner, insurance company, utilities, or Fire department determined it to be non-buildable? Have the neighbors determined it would physically infringe on them or impair their use of the building?
Pat, the broke government should be selling off the lands it owns to pay back its creditors. Disney World has a very nice non-government road and transport system; I pay to maintain and plow the road and parking lot at Shadow Run. There are private alternatives. If you read Radley Balko or William Norman Grigg, you would see that many times the "thugs" are the cops themselves.
Many countries have freedom of speech; the speech in this forum is not granted by the government but by the Pilot. Besides, the USG has violated it many times with the Sedition Acts and the Espionage Act used against war dissenters in WW I. I've said nothing publicly about Paula's brother (I have prayed for him), so I don't understand why questioning the foreign policy and flag waving in support of that foreign policy disgraces him, or your family members. To me that foreign policy is both destructive to the foreigners who receive it and the Americans that deliver it. That truth may be painful to accept, but as Ron Paul says: "Truth is treason in the empire of lies."
Joe, thanks for the education about the pledge.
John, would my criticisms of the folly of US foreign policy be more acceptable if I didn't witness it first hand while "getting ahead"? Also, who is this "we" to whom you refer? I consider the U.S. government an entity unto itself, like any corporation where I don't work or own stock, so don't consider myself part of the collective; more like the Mafia which shakes me down every April 15--by the way, I have already or expect to pay more in taxes to it than the total amount it paid me while "getting ahead".
I would down vote you because you did not provide me any facts regarding the good the US government has done in my lifetime to make me look at pledge or anthem as anything more than flowery (and as Joe points out, propangandic) words or a beautiful song, respectively.
Whether big or little, such as Oak Creek, government is inimical to freedom. Zoning and building laws are the tyranny of the majority and the do-gooders. Telling someone what their quarters must conform with is as tyrannical as King George telling someone they must quarter a Red Coat.
Dan, I tie anthem and flag to government because government says so through its US Code.
Bret, all the places you mention are meddled with by USG and its allies/pawns, which I believe makes those places worse.
Paula and Mark, I certainly agree the audience should be respectful during a musical performance. If it is particularly good, I believe a standing ovation is appropriate AFTER the performance. Many times, planes fly over ruining the end of the song.
Finally, in many cases US is not or no longer best, such as economic and press freedom and infant mortality and lifespan.
I hear Ben Franklin stopped standing during the playing of "God Save the King" before Philadelphia Phillies cricket matches during the exciting 1774, 1775, and the first half of the war shortened 1776 seasons.
Mr Keith, please educate me on the good things the United States government has done so I can properly indoctrinate my children with the state approved propaganda.
I don't understand the formulaic, almost Talmudic, approach. If someone has a higher paying package, taking into account benefits and retirement, and the city values that person more, then the city should just offer to match or better the offer. Otherwise, it is just more of the public employee shakedown of the taxpayers, as Rhys and Fred point out.
Does standing during the national anthem mean you support foreign wars that foment more terrorism and do nothing to protect your freedom or security; mean you support the NSA tracking all your calls, emails and text messages; mean you support the TSA fondling you before you board an airplane; or cops getting military grade weapons from the Dept. of Defense [sic]? Or does it mean supporting an unsustainable national debt, socialistic endeavors like Social Security, Medicare, and Obamacare, and overbearing regulators like the EPA, FDA, FTC, FERC, and SEC? Or does it mean giving public support to the Federal Reserve and its crony protectorates at Goldman Sachs and Bank of America before their next round of bailouts?
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