Do you believe the government is violating our Constitutional Rights?

Posted by: benhos

Do you believe that the government is violating our rights as American citizens?

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m_i_n_n_y says2015-02-08T19:39:47.4681356-06:00
Give me a specific example
Atheist-Independent says2015-02-08T19:46:06.4790738-06:00
In what regard?
PapaNolan says2015-02-08T20:03:07.8778224-06:00
This poll needs to be more specific. If it is not made more specific, then it is obvious that they violate our rights.
Madtomflint says2015-02-08T21:43:16.2169389-06:00
In my opinion it's obvious. I don't think the Constitution is "a living document" in the sense that you can alter it to change with the modern times. There are measures in place to amend the Constitution, obviously, but not the main body. It's the main body of the document that limits the power and scope of the federal government, but it's basically been ignored since the early 20th century.
Madtomflint says2015-02-08T21:44:08.3958808-06:00
More specifically: The IRS scandal, illegal wire taps and Obamacare.
m_i_n_n_y says2015-02-08T21:45:37.7197630-06:00
I find it interesting that Americans need a piece of paper to tell them what their freedoms are.
Madtomflint says2015-02-08T21:48:35.2599487-06:00
Not to tell us what are freedoms are, but to protect our freedoms. The most important piece of paper ever written.
Madtomflint says2015-02-08T21:49:26.0057728-06:00
But I understand what your saying. What's sad is the number of Americans who haven't read it...
Madtomflint says2015-02-08T21:50:13.1792656-06:00
benhos says2015-02-08T22:15:39.8583899-06:00
What I mean is by not allowing us to publicly disagree with the government's decisions, executing search warrants that are obviously pointless sometimes, people abusing their power (Reps and sens, police officers, school boards), not allowing us religious freedom (in some places), etc.
Madtomflint says2015-02-09T07:07:48.9957066-06:00
The big question is; Is this sampling an accurate depiction of how Americans feel as a whole, and if so; why are politicians still being allowed to violate our rights?
funnycn says2015-02-09T07:09:36.1720435-06:00
@mad Is it accurate? Maybe not, since some of us may not be American. But the best answer to "Why are they allowed to violate our rights" is simply this; they have power and you don't.
Madtomflint says2015-02-09T07:13:57.6332253-06:00
@funny You may be right, although the wording, "our constitutional rights," would seem to preclude non-Americans. But I would agree with you about the balance of power, and go further. They have the power because we have released it to them. However, we do not yet live in a totalitarian country, so the balance of power could swing back in favor of the people, if the people educate themselves and vote.
Prescott says2015-02-09T17:43:38.5975133-06:00
@Madtomflint If you don't think the constitution is a living document and that the main body stays the same always, then it's been flagrantly disregarded since the early 19th century (possibly even the late 18th century). What part of the main body gives the President the authority to make land purchases unilaterally?
m_i_n_n_y says2015-02-09T17:49:15.7363203-06:00
Well, obviously the Constitution isn't perfect. Considering how many times it's been revised
Madtomflint says2015-02-09T18:41:06.0513054-06:00
I would hardly consider land purchases to be flagrant disregard, but even Jefferson admitted that the Constitution had no provision allowing for the Louisiana Purchase. I'm not saying what he did was right, but I think we can all agree it was a benefit to America. Secondly, land purchase in no way threatens the rights of American citizens, and would therefore require less scrutiny. Lastly, I do not believe that even the main body of our Constitution is perfect, but I do firmly believe it to be the best possible version of any such document.

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