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SoCalifer Donating Member (652 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:12 PM
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American Liberty - (still losing her way)
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Is it just me; am I wrong in seeing today's American (my country where I was born and love) losing all of her founding principles of "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness", and that this is a country of government of the people, by the people, "for the people", and not a government of business, by business, for business?

Am I wrong in my thinking that this country is a place where a person is considered (and thus to be respected) as a "sovereign" individual who is entitled to due process of law, and who is innocent until proven beyond all reasonable doubt that they are guilty?

And if I am correct, then am I wrong in my thinking that America isn't America the land of the free anymore -rather instead- she's turning into a corporate plantation where the law so much doesn't protect and serves anymore, but rather is the sheep dog, and we are the sheep?

I post this not just because of the news article below (link provided), but because this article is just one small example of countless examples (some bigger, some smaller) that I see all the time. And it seems to just keep getting worse and worse and worse.

Anyway check out this article:

(excerpt): CHICAGO (Reuters) - The owner of a Michigan company who forced his employees to either quit smoking or quit their jobs said on Wednesday he also wants to tell fat workers to lose weight or else.

Now I don't know how others feel about the smoking part and the argument of piss testing by employers. But the way I read the parts of the Constitution below is:

Just because you enter onto someone's property (private or otherwise), you do not lose any of your rights as an American citizen. And a company placing as a condition for your employment that you do not smoke, or that you do not weigh too much, or even that you do not take drugs on your own time; is in my opinion, not just a violation of Constitutional rights, but a crime against humanity as well - if you ask me.

Am I wrong to see that as not too undifferent than if I made up a rule that as a condition for women to enter my place of business, they have to strip nude? Of course that's absurd, and to me, so is the above news article.


Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment IX

The enumeration (the list) in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.


Section 1.
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor to deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
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