2008 United States Election

Posted by avatardialupinternetuser last updated February 21, 2008 at 6:36 pm

I disagree with the points about the treason in voting. One of the things the U.S. constitution was designed to do was be able to change with the times. Obviously, back in the 1700's there were a lot less random shootings in the streets and such. Additionally, automatic and semi-automatic guns had yet to be invented, No phones were around back then, and there were not problems with suicide bombers. All of the amendments are open for interpretation. The second amendment (Right to bear arms, for those who don't know) states that "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."  This is open to interpretation as to whether or not the right to bear arms refers only to the militia (army), and what the weapons that are neccessary to the security of a free State are, and what that sentence even refers to. Are hand guns not neccessary, but rifles are? Should semi-automatics and automatics be illegal for common citizens? The supreme court will make a decision on this sometime this year, as D.C, recently outlawed hand guns, and did see a drop in crime.

Additionally, the section of the constitution know as the elastic or necessary and proper clause gives Congress the permission to make are laws that are deemed "necessary and proper." This is how Congress is able to regulate the Internet, and various other things. Gun control could be deemed necessary as more technological advances are made in guns that make them more lethal, or if the crime rate becomes to high. I personally believe hand guns and rifles are OK, however auto's and semi-autos should be outlawed. I do think that the Patriot Act is wrong, however I would like to say this. A Congressperson has a duty to their constituents. At the time of the Patriot Act, everybody was afraid because of 9/11 and the country was very anti-terrorists at all costs. To vote against the Patriot Act would have been a dumb vote at the time. Additionally, police have found ways to abuse the Patriot Act, as the Act was originally only supposed to allow wire taps for a period of 24 hours or something like that.

Yes, many Congresspeople voted for the Patriot Act, however that has already happened and people are running for President, so let's take a look at the issues and idea's, not concentrate on whether or not we should shoot the candidates because they committed treason. This isn't going to get us anywhere, and won't accomplish anything. Times change, as well as the people, which in turn results with changed laws.