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Mon Mar 19, 2012, 05:25 PM

66. Err, I think you need a class on the enlightenment and our system of government...

.. that sprung from its philosophical underpinnings.

Your homework? The Declaration of Independence, to start.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.


And more recently, any constitutional law textbook.

Plenty of cases to ponder as well. Look at US v Cruikshank, Presser v Illinois..

US v Cruikshank ("This right is not a right granted by the Constitution . . . neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence.")

Presser v Illinois ("the States cannot, even laying the constitutional provision in question out of view, prohibit the people from keeping and bearing arms")

Seriously, I have to wonder where you got the idea that rights are 'permitted' via law.

There are no unlimited rights, at least not in our legal system.


And if you ever do find someone claiming that there are unlimited rights, you be sure to talk to them.

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