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Land Shark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-04-08 10:03 PM
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73. The move you perhaps are missing is that some laws are void if they
violate inalienable rights or are oppressive or tyrannical. Yes, there are risks in the nature of civil disobedience if a government presses enforcement.

But there's always one thing we can withhold, or two, even if we don't choose civil disobedience of some sort. And that's we can withhold our respect, and we can withhold our enthusiasm.

I may have misinterpreted you or another in this thread, perhaps, but if I did it was because I detect an overbreadth or enthusiasm, even if limited enthusiasm, for taking what you've now called an attenuated power system, and pushing for something I see as another step in the direction of greater attenuation (if it happens), perhaps even a giant leap.

If I felt like logic and constitutional construction required such a result, then I'd reluctantly follow (or withhold my respect, or wash my hands of it in some semi-public manner). But it's a mystery to me how any body could keep their enthusiasm or energy up for defending this type of congressional power to second guess the election for president. I don't begrudge you a right to an opinion, I just can't see how I myself could ever have energy for that.

Here we've got "sworn" representatives, who may purport to enforce the constitution against the people, but never WARNED THEM about a huge potentially no-good election? Our "representatives" holding our power, in trust, couldn't see fit to warn us of issues they clearly knew about (there was a senate resolution on the subject, for example)?

I guess I can see why people could get extremely pissed off at Congress. Enormously so.
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