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Land Shark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-04-08 02:37 PM
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25. It's a mistake to look just to the constitution to define one's rights, or the american people's
If you look just to the constitution, say goodbye to these long-recognized fundamental rights (a century or two in most cases):

1. privacy
2. marriage for heterosexuals
3. right to have children
4. right to travel and move inter-state
5. right to vote
6. right to self-defense
7. right to remain silent (though privilege against "self-incrimination" is mentioned in the 5th Amendment)
8. right to employment (not having a law make it illegal for you to work in gainful employment)

Again, the Constitution limits the powers of government, and the application of laws no matter who passes them, but doesn't limit the power of election. There has to be a sovereign or ultimate power that can't be questioned in any given political system, in a republic that is the power of the people via election.
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