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  •  It strikes me as likely the saddest 4th in history (16+ / 0-)

    The Fourth of July at which the Constitution, the defining document of the country and the treasure earned through the blood of patriots, is least honored.  Today we find several of the central tenets of the founders violated with such violations widely accepted.  We have standing armies that would make the founders shudder, and we see them having the effects on the nation that were predicted precisely.  We see "innovations upon the principles" of the constitution at every turn, becoming more entrenched as each month goes by with their being applied unchallenged.  We see the most direct, blatant actions which the founders warned of repeatedly as the instruments of tyranny:  suspension of habeas corpus, suspension of due process, control of media, corporate/governmental collusion, placement of the faith of citizens in individuals and in parties rather than in the constitution. and much more as so well illuminated in this diary.

    To me, this is the 4th in which the country has strayed farthest from her founding principles and the closest to the tyranny that it was the purpose of the sacrificing founders to prevent.

    The Congress exists primarily to ensure the reelection of members of Congress. - Bacevich

    by geomoo on Thu Jul 04, 2013 at 10:02:15 AM PDT

    •  the British were infamous for the (14+ / 0-)

      abuse of writs of attainder, they used them like blanket permissions to toss your house, your property and your person, seize your stuff, and toss you in jail without trial, indefinitely. Sound familiar?
       Yeah! Now, A bill of attainder is prohibited by Article I, Section 9, Clause 3 of the Constitution because it deprives the person or persons singled out for punishment of the safeguards of a trial by jury. The Fourth Amendment to the Bill of rights was put in place largely as a protection from this sort of abuse. So that Americans would never suffer these violations. Pfffffffft.

      Happy 4th of July~

      I shave my legs with Occam's razor~

      by triv33 on Thu Jul 04, 2013 at 10:09:33 AM PDT

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