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EFF Says Obama Warrantless Wiretap Defense Is Worse than Bush

Paladin144 Re:Flaws in our democracy (904 comments)

Some people with dark skin who lived in a certain antebellum representative democracy would like to have a talk with you.

We weren't really a representative democracy at that point since large segments of the population couldn't even vote. "Constitutional Republic" is the accepted term so far as I know.

In the meantime, remember that we inherited most of our law from England, which had a legislature when we broke from them.

A legislature that the king can and did dissolve at will. After a few rounds of this the legislature enters a state of learned helplessness, assuming a powerful sovereign. Plus, only nobles were allowed to be members of the upper house; the House of Commons was not nearly as powerful back then (and the name was deceptive; few actually had the right to vote). The UK is not now and never has been a democracy, which was my original point.

I was responding to a very broad, extreme argument that sovereign immunity and state secrets are somehow anathema to democracy per se, despite the fact that they have historically been a part of pretty much every government I've ever seen or heard of.

That's because they are anathema. We are not a democracy. At this point, I wouldn't even call America a constitutional republic. We are an oligarchy. We don't respect our own Constitution and freely ignore it when it gets in the way of precioussss state secrets.

Of course, I don't believe we should even have a standing army, let alone an NSA, Federal Reserve or CIA outside the full jurisdiction of Congress.

As far as actually respecting the Constitution our framers gave us, you'll find me slightly to the right of Antonin Scalia.

Ah, well that explains a lot. Those dark-skinned folks who were originally worth 3/5ths of a person would like to talk with you.

I guess you'll find me to the left of Thomas Jefferson, but we don't live in Jefferson's Republic. We live in Scalia's Oligarchy.

more than 5 years ago

EFF Says Obama Warrantless Wiretap Defense Is Worse than Bush

Paladin144 Re:Flaws in our democracy (904 comments)

But the democracy you envision is crippled, weak, and ineffective. A crippled, weak, and ineffective democracy will fail, just as surely as an over-reaching, oppressive, dictatorial democracy.

You are contradicting yourself. A "oppressive, dictatorial democracy" is not a democracy at all; it's a totalitarian state masquerading as a democracy for PR purposes. You know, like North Korea, or ahem, "The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)".

And we've always had sovereign immunity. We inherited it from other democracies.

Again, no. We did not inherit from "other democracies" because democracies do not have such laws. We inherited this law from a monarchy, which itself stole the idea from the Pope. The "Sovereign" in question was the pope or king before the idea was expanded to include the whole government.

I don't think we have to put our military secrets up on Facebook to be a more transparent and democratic country. But the very basis of our Constitution is the idea that the government is not above the law. After all the Constitution is a list of things that government can't do, or must do, not a list of things the citizens can't do. We were created equal and free, remember?

If you have problems with the philosophy of freedom our forefather's embraced, might I suggest that you move to a different country? This country is for people who want to continue the democratic experiment. If that frightens you, why not move to the UK.... or the DPRK?

more than 5 years ago

How many torrents are you seeding right now?

Paladin144 I'm seeding 4 music torrents... (425 comments)

...and they're all completely legal because they're mine! That is to say, I made the torrent files from music that my band created.
We would love it if you guys would download our album and let us know what you think!

more than 5 years ago

Best Indiana Jones Film?

Paladin144 Re:Crystal Skull . . . Pffft (455 comments)

Yeah. The Ark of the Covenant that melted everybody's face off was so much more realistic.

Those Hebrews sure knew how to make a Hollywood-ready relic!

more than 6 years ago



Paladin144 Paladin144 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Paladin144 writes "I've written an article about the mainstream media's tendency to determine the course of our presidential elections by giving favorable coverage to certain "approved" candidates while denying coverage or recognition to other candidates. A perfect example is the recent censorship of Ron Paul and Mike Gravel's respective campaigns in the media while they are exploding in popularity across the web. Will the power the internet provides everyday users revolutionize our electoral system or will corporate interest find a way to limit the damage to their control grid?"

Paladin144 Paladin144 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Paladin144 writes "A route unencumbered by perennial sea ice leading directly to the North Pole has been revealed by recent satellite pictures. European scientists indicated their shock as they noted a ship could sail from Europe's northern-most outpost directly to the pole, something that hasn't been possible during most of recorded human history. The rapid thawing of the perennial sea ice has political implications as the U.S., Canada, Russia and the EU jockey for control of the newly opened passages."


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