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April 26, 2010


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Mark Lewis

Our Freedom and Liberty make us great. Using our Freedom responsibly makes us better. - Nice!

1) You don't have to "rely on" or "accept" the ideas of someone who thinks slavery is appropriate, or that government run health care is appropriate. You don't have to provide them with a platform. You don't even have to listen to them. You just can't use the federal government to stop them from saying it.

2) The constitution is easy to change - all you need is 2/3 vote. It is this first amendment that allows you to campaign for that 2/3. :-)

3) Jason Alexander (the philoscientist, not the actor) used to say that the good thing about evil is that it is so ugly. All you need to do is expose it to light, and people will turn away from it. The beauty of free speech is that we are free to shun those who speak ugly. If you praise Nazi's you lose credibility. Simple. And, some people think that the communist manifesto still has it right. Only more light on the subject will heal that collective/collectivist scar, not trying to suppress its expression.

bryan farley

Thank you for commenting and continuing our discussion about the Constitution.

During the 2008 campaign, McCain reminded people that "elections have consequences." He explained, "one of the consequences is the President of the United States gets to name his or her nominees to the bench." (McCain was also explaining his reason for supporting Clinton's two nominees.) Some Republicans thought McCain should have voted against Clinton's appointees.

After the last two Presidents have been elected, I have been interested by our country's larger Constitutional discussion... and let's not forget that both elections were memorable.

Many people who did not like the outcome have believed that the Constitution was violated. Some have acted as if Bush invented the electoral college or forgot that Gore asked to recount a few parts of Florida.

The 2010 group seems to believe their Liberty is being taken away and by capital "L" Liberty, they mean their Constitutional rights.

I can understand the frustration of both groups. Losing is not fun. Yet, a democracy has winners and losers. Capitalism has winners and losers. I am worried that two different sides have quickly concluded that the winning side cheated or violated our sacred code.

This lack of trust has consequences too. Is there a way to transcend it?


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