said by MyDogHsFleas:Your words
We are a representative democracy where you vote for elected officials as your representatives in the Executive and Legislative branches, and then they make appointments to the Judicial branch.
Now WHAT 'BASIC FACTS' DID I MISS?!?
I can't believe I actually have to say this
. How can you so completely misinterpret the constitution?
And I have been voting since I was 18 - problem is, a lot of the electorate doesn't do any research on the candidates other than believing the BS spewed from their TV sets, which tends to negate my thoughtful, prepared, and researched choices in which candidates I vote for.
But then again, I could be wrong; after all, I'm not privileged to live in the state with the record of most corporate legal victories, and home to "W"... (oh my, did I say that out loud?)
PS: In regards to "are you saying that the NSA should be using its webcam-overtaking application to check whether people have safe furniture in their houses?"
I'm saying the NSA should be eliminated, the federal government should go back to overseeing the military, and MAYBE the interstate highway system, and the rest of that tax-sucking bureaucracy should be dismantled!
PSS: And a couple more points -
said by MyDogHsFleas:
Communications have always been accessed for national security reasons, even before there were computers or the Internet. There's nothing new there. What I am objecting to is the leap to conclusion that everyone here has that it's "illegal" and that "massive spying on Americans" is going on.
No one here is leaping to conclusions - it's been admitted by Bush, Obama, the NSA, and many others that under the "authority" of new laws enacted under the guise of 'protecting us from terrorism' that this spying is being done en mass, and without warrants
. Our constitution plainly states that there will be NO search, seizure, or other violation of our privacy without a warrant, granted only by review of the facts pertaining to the alleged offense.
said by MyDogHsFleas:
And, frankly, I am sick and tired of this stupid Ben Franklin quote that gets thrown out here every 100 milliseconds. It is essentially content-free and open to any interpretation you might want to put on it.
First off, how could that be open to interpretation?!? If you are willing to give up your Liberty (Freedoms granted by the Constitution of these United States of America) for some temporary safety (the illusion the government - or anyone else for that matter - can keep you out of the cross-hairs of some delusional maniac bent on destroying human life) deserves neither (because if you believe the government should protect you while you sit on your behind and watch as true heroes defend this country, you don't deserve to be a citizen of this great nation!)
And frankly, if you are so "sick and tired of this stupid Ben Franklin quote", feel free to move to a country with Sharia Law - I am sure you can support their leadership and form of government much more...