Congress is traditionally the lowest regarded branch of government, no matter who is in power, and no matter who is asking the questions (and the article says as much). It wouldn't matter, almost certainly, if the president had been Republican and the Congress had been split. That said, if you look at MOC reelection rates, constituents LOVE their elected officials.
So, the Bush administration is to blame for the terrorist dining in the Pentagon?
I don't understand the point of the nationalism article you posted. It doesn't refute the idea of Marxism. You can have Marxist nationalists.
Are Mexico and Canada part of the US? If not, why would you think I meant to exclude them? I do not approve of the United States assassinating (or just regular murdering) its own citizens. It depends on the SEAL team's current situation. If it needed to deploy, I'm not sure why a SWAT team couldn't be deployed instead (unless a Fort Hood type attack). If it reacted informally, like the Marines did in the recent story that made its rounds on the internet, where they apprehended a shop lifter.
I'd like to see you discuss Guro's question about the cultural differences between China and the US. No more question dodging just by asking more questions!
So, are you calling for the prosecution of those SEALs that punched OBL's ticket, BD? If not, why not?
I don't really understand the context of your question. SEALs were taking action internationally.
I also am not sure what led you to ask this question. I have no problem fighting to win a war, GM. I do have a problem with ignoring the rights of Americans, by Americans, on American soil. See the discussion of the BOR's I asked you about above. If you will recall, by questions about UBL's killing was not about the military personnel, it was about your favorite target, President Obama. The difference here is mostly that I respect the office enough to call him by his title, and not take liberty with his name.
Also, nearly everytime we've gone a few rounds, my issue has had to do with domestic agents (or the possibility of domestic action) taking liberties, that are spelled out in the Constitution, from the citizens of the United States.
As I pointed out, there was once a time where Americans had civilizational confidence, of course that was before the marxists infiltrated academia and the media. Now we have a large number of self-hating loons that think America is evil, of course they'd never leave this country and still expect it's protections while they work to undercut the nation from within.
That clarification took too many days and too many questions. It's interesting you made this point with the article you did, and mentioned "outlaw biker gangs" in a prior "rebuttal" when you didn't mean domestic actions in the U.S.
This doesn't really answer Guro's question, which is much the same as I have been asking you for a couple days. I want to know explicitly how you tie Halsey's actions (not single line quote) to China's domestic crackdown. I then want to know, explicitly, why you think China's domestic crackdown should be emulated in the United States. I then want to know, explicitly, how that domestic crackdown would not violate several constitutional amendments.
I'm advocating that we stop being the bunch of weak, spineless Oprah-audience members this country has turned into. If you asked the average Han Chinese about the "root causes" of muslim violence in Xinjiang, they'd tell you they don't give a cao and they were glad the People's Armed Police was crushing them.
I'd be willing to bet a large amount of money that right now, there are lots of muslims in the custody of the Ministry of State Security going through things that make waterboarding seem like a walk on a spring day. Some of them won't ever been seen again.
Where is the UN? Where is the EU? Where are the protests? Flotillas?
We had the kind of government that gave civilian trials to German sabateurs, GM. Is this what you are advocating?
And, yes I do. Are you aware of the difference between foreign and domestic affairs?
The article you posted was about the Chinese POLICE killing militants in CHINA. Why would you bring up a military officer? Are you now arguing that, like the Chinese, the war on terror is better dealt with by the police?
Like it or not, we still have the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th amendments.
Were you not posting the article because you are pleased with the manner in which the Chinese dealt with the Islamic militants? Do the US and Chinese have a similar governing ethos? Do the Chinese have the individual rights that Americans have?
If you were pleased, as you insinuate; since the US and China do not have a similar governing ethos; and because the Chinese do not have the rights that Americans have (as discussed in the governing document) then the US would have to adopt a similar government to that of China (or at least alter the government we do have in a similar vein) to fight Islamic militants in the same manner that the Chinese do.
From GM: "I'm not arguing, I really don't understand how a driver's license from a different state is given "full faith and credit" yet a concealed weapon license is not. The issuance of a license (driver or CCW) seems to to me to fall under the definition of a public act, thus a "shall" and not a "may" catagory.
I asked a state trooper that was teaching a class I was in on traffic code (Troopers really know traffic code, they sleep, eat and breathe it in my state) about out of state drivers who are in technical violation of state traffic code while in our state (in this case, the display of a front lic. plate). My state statute say all vehicles on public roadways MUST (not may) display a front license plate when operating a vehicle on a public roadway. The statute does not make allowance for out of state vehicles. We have a bordering state where only the rear plate is required. The trooper and every other person I've asked has never explained why that statute doesn't apply to the out of state vehicles. Is that a "full faith and credit" thing?"
First, GM, let me apologize for assuming that you were being argumentative and not seeking information. I did indeed, manage to make an a$$ of myself.
Second, the answer, as I understand it, to the question is that Congress has taken action in this area. I will post 2 Wikipedia articles below that provide some background information, but please note that the cooperation began at least by the 1950's (Beemer Resolution) and has supported sine by a variety of congressional actions (ex: funding the Joint Executive Board).
GM, While I agree with you that the CCW rulings should be recognized nationwide, you need to read the whole clause:
Full faith and credit shall be given in each state to the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other state. And the Congress may by general laws prescribe the manner in which such acts, records, and proceedings shall be proved, and the effect thereof (my emphasis).
There is major difference between may and shall. And according the clause, it would seem, it leaves the enforcement to the discretion of Congress.
Wait, are we sure this wasn't the Tea Party or people upset about Obamacare?
You were right, GM. It seems that the early reports of an aQ connected group claiming responsibility were wrong.
"A 32-year-old Norwegian was arrested and charged with terrorism, but police have not officially released his name. Local media has identified the man as Anders Behring Breivik, who has been described as a right-wing Christian fundamentalist."
I have taught my children never to assume that a person with a badge at the door is a police officer and to call the police if someone knocks on the door when I am not home. This is common practice, because safety experts realized a long time ago that people can pose as police officers to enter the home.
It was while authorities were searching for survivors of the mid-afternoon bombing in Oslo that a man wearing a police uniform and identifying himself as a officer arrived by boat at Utoya island, where word was spreading among the campers about the explosion in the capital, Pracon said.
The hundreds teens and young adults attending the camp were gathered in a large meeting room where camp organizers were sharing information about the bombing in Olso when the police officer asked if he could address the group, Pracon said.
"We, of course, allowed him to come" in and address the group, Pracon said.
I find crimes of any type against children to be especially emotional for me. This is one of the worst that I am of aware of some time. I share sadness for the child and the parents... and the community.
"The great object of my fear is the federal judiciary. That body, like gravity, ever acting, with noiseless foot, and unalarming advance, gaining ground step by step, and holding what it gains, is ingulfing insidiously the special governments into the jaws of that which feeds them." --Thomas Jefferson, letter to Judge Spencer Roane, 1821
If I understand the case correctly (and I may not), the issue was the age of consent. The age of consent is a legal definition, set by a legislature. There is nothing magical about the age of consent, as seen by a variety of ages for sexual and marital consent from state to state. That would make any attempt to either alter the age of consent or abolish it all together political speech.
I don't like NAMBLA, I don't understand NAMBLA, I don't condone NAMBLA. I'll never fund NAMBLA, join NAMBLA, or befriend anyone I know is a member of NAMBLA. That does not mean that NAMBLA lacks political speech rights.
GM: It was you who said that the Stalinist history of the ACLU should not be ignored, but you are quite open to overlooking the socialist history of the Pledge. Why is this? While I recognize the differences between Marxism, communism, Stalism, and socialism, those on the right simply conflate them. So, yes, for the sake of this argument, I am quite willing to let them be morally equivilant.
Are you seriously trying to argue that NAMBLA is threatening to the republic? Let's go back to your original contention that ACLU members hate the republic. I have serious doubt that NAMBLA will lead to the demise of the US as we know it. I find that particular organization to be disgusting, with reprehensible goals.
According to the ACLU, here is the reason that it supported NAMBLA:
Why did the ACLU represent NAMBLA? The ACLU of Massachusetts' represented members of NAMBLA because, while the ACLU does not advocate sexual relationships between adults and children, we do advocate robust freedom of speech. This lawsuit struck at the heart of the First Amendment. It is easy to defend freedom of speech when the message is something people find reasonable. The defense of freedom of speech is most critical when the message is one most people reject. For more information about the case, please contact the ACLU of Massachusetts.
For the record, I think it is important for the ACLU, or other organizations, to protect free political speech. It is easy to support popular causes. It is not so easy to support the controversial ones.
Is child porn protected by the First Amendment, GM? If not, it is NOT an outcome. I provided you with a list of cases that the ACLU has supported at the USSC and won. Those ARE outcomes. Did you look at the list? Did you see the protected speech? The protected press? Probably not. I realize that no matter what the ACLU does, you will not change your mind. Once your mind is made up, there is no changing it. No matter what. I am glad that you can justify your socialist leaning with the Pledge of Allegiance, though. Well played!