From: Neil McEwan <[log in to unmask]>
> >Excuse me, Neil. I can't speak for your country, however, in the United
> >States, the preponderance of court rulings have always upheld the rights
> >people and the 10 Amendments to the Constitution.
> The fact that they haven't always done so is enough indication that
> Bill of Rights is seen
> by government as something provisional, to be ignored if necessary or
> expedient, rather than
> as something untouchable and sacred.
This is actually very astute Neil. There is a good deal of political dissent
now in this country because there have been a lot of *lower* court rulings
that are considered to be unconstitutional. Some from the Supreme Court too,
but many fewer.
However, the "provisional" part is usually a debate of what the laws
actually mean. They are sometimes "artfully" interpreted by those with
certain agendas to seem to mean something different than was intended. In
that way, the law is still "upheld" to its letter. It remains untouched and
sacred by all except those few who can read.
Bruce L. Jones
The Desert Hostage
The Mojave Desert - The Geographic Center of Nowhere