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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-03-27 10:05
Subject: [politics] What I believe
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Tags:guns, heathcare, politics, sex
I believe in freedom of religion. That means you cannot be discriminated against for your religious beliefs. That also means no one else can be discriminated against for your religious beliefs. Freedom from religion is an essential component of freedom of religion, otherwise every minor or unpopular congregation in this country would be at deep risk from the passions of the majority.

I believe in freedom of speech. You and I have every right to be wrong, but freedom of speech doesn't mean we get to make up our own facts, and it doesn't protect us from being called on hypocrisy, bullshit and lies.

I believe in freedom of the press. But with freedom comes responsibility, and the press has lost its way in terms of balancing coverage of issues, recalling or reporting any political history past last week, and serving the public interest. The shift from news to infotainment has taken us back to the nineteenth century yellow press, and done much to poison the public discourse.

I believe in the right of peaceable assembly. This does not include bringing firearms to peaceful demonstrations, spitting on Congressmen, or blockading city streets.

I believe in the right of redress to the government for grievances. Being arrested for questioning your beating by a law enforcement officer is not part of this process.

I believe that a well regulated militia is necessary to the security of a free state. That's why we have a National Guard and Reserve forces.

I believe in the right of the people to keep and bear Arms. On firing ranges and in gun safes, not on public streets. Because I believe my right not to be shot trumps your right to open carry, for example. And the statistics on gun deaths are never on the side of freely available weapons.

I believe in my protection from the quartering of troops. I do not believe that NATO or the UN or the Federal Government is planning to station troops in my home, no matter what the Republican party claims. Regardless of one's psychological disturbances, this fails the common sense test. There are over 100 million households in the United States, and no one has that many troops.

I believe in protection from unreasonable search and seizure. This means I oppose USA-PATRIOT and all its dependent laws and regulations, including the Telecom Immunity Act that Obama supported. Our system of warrants and judicial oversight worked quite well before we tore it apart in the name of the War on Terror.

I believe in the right of due process, and protection from double jeopardy. Again, this means I oppose USA-PATRIOT and all its dependent laws and regulations. The prisons at Guantanamo Bay and Baghram Air Force Base are stain on American honor as deep as the Japanese internments.

I believe in protection from self-incrimination, but I also believe in taking full responsibility for one's deeds.

I believe that private property shall not be taken for public use without just compensation. I do not believe that public use includes turning the private property over to a developer in the interests of expanding the tax base.

I believe in criminal trial by jury and the rights of the accused. Just because someone is suspect of a crime, or arrested for it, does not mean they are guilty. Again, the prisons at Guantanamo Bay and Baghram Air Force Base are stain on American honor as deep as the Japanese internments, and a blot on our judicial system. I also believe in fully-informed juries, not subject to manipulation by either prosecution or defense.

I believe in the right to civil trial by jury, again, without manipulation by either party to the suit. I also believe that the right of civil redress should not be dependent on the deepness of the parties' pockets, as this means the rich and powerful can never be fully called to account

I believe that we should be protected from cruel and unusual punishment. Again, this means I oppose USA-PATRIOT and all its dependent laws and regulations. The prisons at Guantanamo Bay and Baghram Air Force Base are abuses upon our perceived enemies that will come back to haunt captured Americans, possibly for generations.

I believe that rights not enumerated in the Constitution still apply to us, regardless of the currents of popular culture, or our national fears and our private prejudices. This includes a right to privacy, a right to healthcare, a right to freedom of sexual expression, and right to freedom from bullying at all levels of society, a right to be free from violence. It also includes a right to be wrong, dead wrong; but also a right not to suffer from the errors of others.

What do you believe?

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Karen
User: klwilliams
Date: 2010-03-27 17:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm right there with you, on all counts.
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User: brownkitty
Date: 2010-03-27 18:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I have qualifiers for a few, but the qualifiers are for the most part because you didn't try and exactly define every possible situation. Some of the qualifiers also depend on differing world views.

I'd like to discuss, but don't want to make a mess on your journal or cause you stress.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-03-27 18:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Discuss away. That's what this LJ is for!
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Mike
User: miketo
Date: 2010-03-27 18:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'll add "Huzzah!" to your post. +1, sign me up, and all that.

I believe that the Constitution sets *minimum rights and protections* for all citizens, and that it was not written to be an all-inclusive list. The framers all saw that things change over time and built in the mechanism to add to the list or increase the minimums guaranteed to citizens; they never intended for it to be an exclusive, rigidly-defined list ("anything not expressly granted is strictly forbidden").
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-03-27 18:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yes. And Justice Scalia, that strict originalist, has written that the 9th Amendment is a blot upon the Constitution, a mistake. I love the intellectual consistency of conservatives.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-03-27 18:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
There are over ten thousand fire arms deaths a year in this country. A small percentage of them are law enforcement shootings. Anything that reduces guns on the street is good. First rule of holes is stop digging.
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Max Kaehn: Politics
User: slothman
Date: 2010-03-27 23:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Politics
I believe that if you ran for public office, I would vote for you.
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bemused_leftist
User: bemused_leftist
Date: 2010-03-27 23:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I believe in fact-checking.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7wYt9jee2U&feature=player_embedded#
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2010-03-28 01:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:reading
You've pretty much spelled it out, IMHO.

But There are over 100 million households in the United States, and no one has that many troops made me bust out laughing. I don't know if that's intentional, but I know of one soldier who is more than welcome to the daybed in my sewing room...
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Renfield
User: cuddlycthulhu
Date: 2010-03-28 01:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I believe in freedom of religion.

I believe that if someone is religious then they get no pass on shitty/illegal behavior simply because they are religious. I think it's a fucking travesty that the Catholic church seems to have gotten a pass in the US in regards to being investigated despite the fact that so many have been abused by the church.
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cathshaffer
User: cathshaffer
Date: 2010-03-28 20:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
They didn't "get a pass." There were investigations and criminal charges and I believe in one state (California?) that law was changed to increase the statute of limitations specifically so that cases of sexual abuse by priests could be investigated.
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User: spir123
Date: 2010-03-28 14:18 (UTC)
Subject: Freedom of and Freedom from religion..Jay,
Although my religion is very important to me, I agree that Freedom of religion should include Freedom From Religion. YOu make a good point.

I continue to learn from your blogs. Thank you for that. The place I am moving has Wireless for everyone so my e-mail address will not change. For that reason, I am glad Hotmail.com is what I have now and I can keep that.

ionioion should include Freedom from Religion.You make an excellent point.
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User: the_ogre
Date: 2010-03-29 19:40 (UTC)
Subject: With you on all points.
I have a quibble wrt to the Second Amendment and some different thoughts about open carry - but not different enough to really be spelled out here.

The only other thing I'd want to mention is that I would like to significantly strengthen the separation of church and state.
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