What kind of People We are
guayiya at bellsouth.net
Fri Apr 20 14:42:05 PDT 2007
While I was offline, this very important thread was somehow diverted
into a second amendment debate.
Bob Sheridan's original post suggested that a question of first
importance--what kind of people we are--can be explored by examining the
language of the constitution in the context of what actually happens on
the ground--what the constitution allows, and what behaviors we tolerate.
By moving immediately to questions that are highly controversial, we
bypass the examination of fundamental matters we agree on and thus are
The discourse on this list sometimes gives the impression that few or no
such fundamentals exist. If that were the case, one might fear that we
actually have no constitution at all.
I am deliberately sending this before reading the posts on the abortion
case. Frankly, I dread finding that people simply talk, or shout, past
each other with no common ground emerging and emotions escalating.
We clearly have a far more stable, respectful and peaceful discourse
than Iraquis currently do.
Why exactly is that?
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