Originally posted by KrazyIvan
“It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath
the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag who allows the protesters to burn the flag."
Father Denis O'Brien, USMC
I've spoken to military priests before...Also military lawyers & doctors; Thye've always been "military career first, primary profession-skill
second". I know this because I was in the military & I made an express point of talking in-depth with these types of people. Did he write that before
or *after* the passing of the Patriot Act?...With that one stroke of Bush's pen, Freedom of Speech is suppressed (all they have to do is call you a
"terrorist" even if you're telling the truth), Freedom to Protest is being repressed (Or haven't you been keeping up with news about how even the
peaceful protesters are treated?) & it's *always* been a crime to burn the flag. It's not really the flag burning that you smell...It's the
government burning the Constitution.
Originally posted by Researcher
We already have a solution to those problems. The public school system.
Unfortunately, the school system has been a part of the problem for a long time already. The Fed Government literally has dictatorial influence (via
grants, direct funding, the courses made to produce teachers, etc) over what can & cannot be taught in *public* schools...Isn't that supposed to be
the job of the *public*, not the government?...Correct me if I'm wrong, but I never saw *where* in the Constiution that the federal government is
supposed to have that level of control over a *public concern*.
Originally posted by Saphronia
The government should step in where society and the church has failed.
No the government should *not* step in where it has no authority...Where does the Constitution say that the government should take control of society?
Promoting a welfare system that does *not* get the majority of those on it back into mainstream society (& hasn't been for 50 year) is *not* one of
their Constitutional duites. Granted, it was started with the right kind of regulation, but it degraded over time to the point where I was paying
taxes out of my paycheck & driving a used compact car so that I could finance the guy down the street who always drove a brand new cadillac. Granted,
enough public outrage at that point *did* make a lot of positive ghanges in the system...But it was then made to be so complex that everybody was
finding ways to "loophole" around its faults. It still needs to have a lot of the regulations face a complete overhaul if it's to work as
originally intended. You might start by shooting any lawyer that makes his career working in the political arenas...And lobbyists too.
Everything the government does that has fallen *outside* of the duties described to them by the Constitution, they've screwed it up & screwed The
People over. It's not a function of one party or another...Both of the major parties have been guilty of overstepping their duties & authority time &
again...This is the source of teh "ills of society" that *must* be stopped. Anyone who stubbornly clings to one party over another is just as blind
as The People who *don't* take responsibility to exercise & maintain their Rights & Freedoms.
Originally posted by Saphronia
This is a woman's issue whether you like it are not. The majority of parents recieving welfare are women with dependant children. WWJD???
huhn-huhn? He would support welfare.
Not only that, but everyone has seemed to forgotten the category of permanently disabled people who *can't* work...Has this particular thought ever
crossed your minds when you decided to form your opinions on welfare issues?