They [the Framers of the Constitution] built gridlock and delay into the structure of our government to prevent the abuse of political power.
The Federalist view on the Bill of Rights is kind of funny in how naive/depressing it is.
I go further, and affirm that bills of rights, in the sense and in the extent in which they are contended for, are not only unnecessary in the proposed constitution, but would even be dangerous. They would contain various exceptions to powers which are not granted; and on this very account, would afford a colorable pretext to claim more than were granted. For why declare that things shall not be done which there is no power to do? Why for instance, should it be said, that the liberty of the press shall not be restrained, when no power is given by which restrictions may be imposed?
They thought the basic rights were so basic and common sense that you really did not need to have them listed in the law, because, to paraphrase, “we do not even give the government the power to impose on those rights in the first place.”
Mike Brown~ish protest. Will write more about it when at home. Just going to say that there are 50,000+ ideas flying out of the mic. Completely unorganized.
Back home now.
Rally ended at 12:15. I think they only stayed for about 2 hours after their march.
Saw anti-Israel signs, raise the minimum wage signs, occupy signs, anti-war signs, communist propaganda (they were handing out newsletters for $1, when I asked why they weren’t free, they told me that they had to make money somehow), and a few that were actually on message about Mike Brown and police violence. Overall, from the speeches I heard, there seemed to be no clear goal of the protest. The topics of speeches ranged from Ferguson, to education, to raising the minimum wage, to medicaid, to unions, and even the environment.
I talked with one guy about the protest. I asked him how he thought the crowd might feel about the fact that Officer Wilson has been in the hospital due to the injuries he sustained that night. The guy refused to believe me. I then asked if he supported the Second Amendment. He responded by saying there is no need to own guns, because the police are there to protected us. I then asked if he thought the people of Ferguson should be armed, to which he responded that they should not, because the police are there to protect them. He then called me an idiot when I asked how the people of Ferguson could expect the police to protect them before or after the incident. We talked for a bit longer after that, but then he walked away in anger.
"It’s not racism." Yeah, okay, name the last time an unarmed white kid got shot by the police while walking home.
You asked for one, here’s four.
The reason there were armed supporters at the Bundy Ranch and not at the Mike Brown Protest is simple: Missouri doesn’t let citizens carry rifles, and Nevada does.
This is the gun control you wanted, Tumblr. You don’t get to complain about it now… this is exactly what you wanted. Only the cops have guns.
PRIORITIES: Obama races to golf course after making brief statement on Ferguson
Obama took time out of his golf marathon in Martha’s Vineyard to briefly address the riots in Ferguson, Mo.
What did we learn? That Obama is in a hurry to get back to the golf course:
And 7 minutes later…