[ExI] Be nice to leftists
William Flynn Wallace
foozler83 at gmail.com
Thu Jun 12 02:17:16 UTC 2014
In West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, Justice Robert
"The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from
the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach
of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be
applied by the courts."
This, to me, makes of B of R the most important document in all of
political history. We do not have a democracy. We have a partial one.
Majorities cannot overturn the Constitution without a massive effort, and
so minorities are protected.
> Basically *being liberal means* a great deal of personal freedoms, less
> control and more mutual trust, less state or corporate interventions and
> questioning and hindering the power of the political, the corporate and the
> religious leaders.
> *Motto for liberals could be "Do what ever you want, but don't stop the
> others from doing that, too."*
> I think that this is more of a statement of libertarianism than of
liberalism, and 'do what you want...' is very extreme, more like anarchy -
no rules at all. For classic liberalism we have to add free and fair
elections, civil rights, freedom of the press, religion, trade, and private
Most people just don't understand that our Founding Fathers were all
liberals. The conservative Tories were in favor of staying with the
British as subjects. And they were the majority!! If everybody had voted
we wouldn't have had a revolution. What our present day conservatives want
to conserve is liberal principles. Some irony there perhaps?
> There are so many different kind of democracy models... Not all democratic
> countries are free, fair or prosperous.
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