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Response to digonswine (Original post)

Fri Dec 16, 2011, 04:43 PM

2. I can't say that all rights are equal; I just don't know...

but free speech is a huge one, and the other rights enumerated in the First seem to flow from that one right. I see the Second as an obvious back-up or go-to for any threat to the First. This is not to denigrate the other rights, but I think that the frog-boiling erosion of some of the rights (4th and 5th for example) would not be tolerated in such a gradualist way if the restriction was about the right to free speech. Hence, the frankly well-positioned Second Amendment. There is a little drama here.

Can you imagine some latter-18th Century royalist in Europe reading the Bill of Rights and going slack-jawed over the First Amendment? Now imagine what he/she would do after reading the Second. After a quick shower and change, the royalist would conclude that those nuts in the U.S. not only invite chaos with the First, but recognizes the armed common man as defender of those rights with the Second.

If I had to re-enumerate the BOR, I wouldn't change the positions.

On edit, I realize I didn't address the rights of gays. I support equal protection of the laws, also Constitutionally protected, and gays should have their marriages recognized. Personally, I see the most important issues about marriage of any sort as settling legal issues of joint ownership, will execution, custody, who pulls the plug, etc. This can be done by any sort of contract, and perhaps the state ought to get out of the business of "marriage, " leaving that rite to the superior dignities of churches, associations, the Holy Thunderer, etc.

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