Wednesday, May 09, 2012
The Great Danger
[W]hatever may be the form which the several States have adopted in making declarations in favor of particular rights, the great object in view is to limit and qualify the powers of Government, by excepting out of the grant of power those cases in which the Government ought not to act, or to act only in a particular mode. They point these exceptions sometimes against the abuse of the executive power, sometimes against the legislative, and, in some cases, against the community itself; or, in other words, against the majority in favor of the minority.
[S]o far as a declaration of rights can tend to prevent the exercise of undue power, it cannot be doubted but such declaration is proper. But I confess that I do conceive, that in a Government modified like this of the United States, the great danger lies rather in the abuse of the community than in the legislative body. The prescriptions in favor of liberty ought to be levelled against that quarter where the greatest danger lies, namely, that which possesses the highest prerogative of power. But it is not found in either the executive or legislative departments of Government, but in the body of the people, operating by the majority against the minority.
It may be thought that all paper barriers against the power of the community are too weak to be worthy of attention. I am sensible they are not so strong as to satisfy gentlemen of every description who have seen and examined thoroughly the texture of such a defence; yet, as they have a tendency to impress some degree of respect for them, to establish the public opinion in their favor, and rouse the attention of the whole community, it may be one means to control the majority from those acts to which they might be otherwise inclined.
He concluded: Dear North Carolina, fuck you, you bigoted tyrants.
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Hey....39% of us voted against that POS! We are stuck with having to coexist with those assholes who voted for it. Right now I'm really, really angry at their stupidity. Probably will be for a long time.
Posted by: M.K.R. | May 9, 2012 5:17:49 AM
Yeah, I know, but the result was so goddamned overwhelming. I actually was surprised just how sad I got last night--I expected the thing to pass, but it was a punch to the gut all the same.
Posted by: NTodd Pritsky | May 9, 2012 11:18:10 AM
I'm not sad. I'm furious.
Posted by: M.K.R. | May 9, 2012 3:11:45 PM
I couldn't muster the energy for anger (beyond saying fuck you). I felt so deflated, all I could do was be resigned to bigotry and try to remember these things are a long haul. Living in Vermont is a luxury that really helps at times like this...
Posted by: NTodd Pritsky | May 9, 2012 3:36:11 PM