Originally Posted by SDW2001
The Constitution can be amended
through the process we have. It should not be interpreted in a way completely contrary to what it actually says
just because the "times have changed."
You are exactly correct. We should make sure we attend to what it actually says
. But what, precisely, is the point of being able to amend the constitution if not to change the meaning? It used to say one thing about black people voting. Now it says something else. We changed the meaning because times changed.
Again: it's a document written in the beginning of the last quarter of the 18th century. Times have changed.
Infrastructure: Not sure I see your point. Certainly not all infrastructure is in disrepair, but take a look at the condition of bridges, a good portion of the roads, the electric grid, inner city schools, etc.
Any bridges in particular I should go poking around on? I know ours around here get awfully weedy in the summers; elsewhere, I don't know. I'd be willing to travel, though, if you thought that there was a bridge whose disrepair was such a threat to our nation that we need to rebel against the government or something. I'm with Jefferson on that. I think we need a good rebellion every generation or so. Oh shit. Jefferson is a founding father! And he thought every generation should create its own social contract?! WHAT DOES THAT DO TO THE CONSTITUTION?!?!
But yeah. I think conservatives and Jubelum (who, despite his(?) best efforts, ain't a libertarian) have it right: the way to fix all these bridges is to take in less tax revenue.
Who doesn't agree the government should fund those things?
Well I, for one, want big government off my back. I'm tired of my fancy-schmancy highways. I'm tired of my protected hiking trails. I'm tired of my clean air (and believe me, the air here SUCKS). I'm tired of my schools having money. TAKE IT ALL BACK, BLUE STATES!
WE RED STATERS DON'T WANT YOUR STINKING MONEY!!! I WANT TO PAY $7 FOR A FRIGGIN' POTATO! STOP SUBSIDIZINGI THOSE FARMERS WITH SDW'S TAX DOLLARS!!!
Regulation: The government tells me how fast to drive,
I totally fucking hate that, too.
that I have to wear a seatbelt,
assholes. I WANT TO BE HURLED FROM A CAR IN AN ACCIDENT ON ONE OF MY FEDERALLY FUNDED ROADS, YOU ASSES!!!
that I can't smoke a cigar pretty much anywhere in Philadelphia regardless of what the free market wants,
I'm with you, man. I hate it that the US government made a law outlawing smoking in Philly. You know what else you can't do anywhere else in Philadelphia regardless of what the free market wants? SHOW PORN ON A BIG ASSED TELEVISION IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SIDEWALK AND HIRE A COUPLE OF STRIPPERS TO DANCE AROUND ME WHILE I WATCHED IT. Bastards. Oh, you think I'm kidding. Can you imagine how stunned I was when I wanted to open up an all-ages strip club? DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW MUCH MONEY I COULD RAKE IN JUST BY ALLOWING 16 YEAR OLD BOYS IN? DO YOU?!?!
that I can't use or buy certain drugs because it says so,
You can't shoot heroin on the courthouse steps, either. Assholes. GET BIG GOVERNMENT OFF MY BACK!!!
that I can't buy restaurant food with trans-fats in NYC,
ASSHOLE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MAKING LAWS ABOUT NYC!
that those under 21 can't drink a beer.....
Yeah. That one is stupid.
and barrages me with "public service announcements" telling me not to eat things that are bad for me,
Oh man. I hate that too. Everywhere I turn, GIANT BILLBOARDS TELLING ME WHAT TO EAT. Ugh. Drives me nuts. And especially considering the free market CLEARLY DOESN'T WANT THOSE GIANT BILLBOARDS.
how to raise my daughter, teaching me (and her) about "intolerance"
I hate it that the federal government of the United States made laws about how you should raise your daughter and teach her about "intolerance." I HATE PEOPLE WHO ARE INTOLERANT OF INTOLERANCE!!!
and generally doing everything except getting the fuck out of my way and letting me live my life.
Damn. That's pretty specific.
Oh, and it takes 50% of my money too. Did I mention that?
Nice tax bracket. Maybe you should move? Or make less money? Have you considered those options?
Maybe, though, SDW, since you've compiled a nice little list of grievances here, you should consider whether they amount to the bullet-point rant that is the Declaration of Independence.
Quartering troops in your homes? Convening governments in distant places? Ignoring please for representation?
SCREW THAT, MAN! I HAVE TO WEAR A FRIGGIN' SEAT BELT. A SEAT BELT!!!
Oh man. I can see it now:
The Modern Declaration of Independence
When in the course...blah blah blah. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these States; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present United States Government is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world:
1) I can't drive as fast as I want to, where i want to.
2) I have to wear a seat belt.
3) I can't smoke where I want to.
4) I can't take whatever drugs I want.
5) I can't eat trans fat in NYC.
6) I couldn't buy beer until I was 21.
7) I don't like PSAs.
8) I don't want to be tolerant.
9) I feel like the government is all up in my face and stuff.
10) I want to keep more of my money than I do right now.
Man. I like it. I say print it out and post it everywhere and see if you can get yourself a rebellion going. I mean, lord, I know that that list of 10 is pretty solid. Thoreau himself is no doubt salivating in his grave at the power of such a list of abuses of power.