Letter: Protect the rights

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  • Kimber Salt Lake City, UT
    May 9, 2014 8:24 a.m.

    I'm wondering if the letter writer is referring to something I heard a few years ago that was stressed by some ultra conservative leaders here in Utah. They were trying to stress the importance of the "Republic" (obviously Republicans) rather than "Democracy" (obviously the Democrats). If so, I would like to point out that our country is made up of both and both are of importance (although the ultra conservatives have been so badly behaved as to make me wonder about that)

  • open minded Lehi, UT
    May 3, 2014 11:17 a.m.

    "We realistically have liberal activist judges who unilaterally attempt to amend and circumvent the constitution everyday." What facts do you have to back that statement up? Do you mean that judges have made rulings you disagree with, therefore they must be liberal?
    Judges are elected or appointed by elected officials- as per the Constitution. Judges are trained in the Law of the Land- the Constitution.

    Now that doesn't mean judges can't let personal bias on issues influence their interpretation, all humans do this every day of their lives. To blame only "liberal" judges is not right. I would argue that Conservative judges have done more harm to our Representative form of government than any liberal judge has done. When the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Citizens United- corporations are people and money is free speech- was the biggest constitutional interpretation change we've ever had. Our nation was founded to remove control from the wealthy and powerful and give it to the common man. This conservative ruling has taken us back to Feudalism.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    May 3, 2014 9:11 a.m.


    Those in power also don't like the 17th Amendment -- the one that lets the people elect their Senators, and not he them be chosen by political hacks. They don't want to let the people have power instead of letting the hacks control power for their own purposes. Heaven help it if the people, instead of the political hierarchy, can actually control their own destiny.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 2, 2014 4:50 p.m.

    My challenge for Richard l Behling is when he his thinking of the rights he gives up, he should think a little bit about the rights and freedoms he gets back.

    Can you actually specify a right that has been given up that did not bring more important rights and freedoms

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 2, 2014 2:44 p.m.

    I agree.

    The answer to discrimination... is not more discrimination.

    Just changing the direction of the discrimination to a different group isn't the answer.

  • HaHaHaHa Othello, WA
    May 2, 2014 2:30 p.m.

    I actually agree that the letter writer technically misspoke when he stated "amendments to the constitution", but he was right in his intent. We realistically have liberal activist judges who unilaterally attempt to amend and circumvent the constitution everyday. They constantly look to find or create ideas in the constitution that are not there. That is why we have so many extra special rights for different segments of our society, and reverse discrimination is so rampant.

  • Darrel Eagle Mountain, UT
    May 2, 2014 9:57 a.m.

    "We have chiseled away at our Constitution over the years either through amendments to the Constitution…"

    I wonder what Amendment(s) the writer would do away with. Going through the list I could only see possible the 16th amendment being done away with that would make the general populace happy...

    Does the author not like Women or people of color voting? Is the writer upset that the President is inaugurated in January rather than March? That the President is limited to two terms, or that DC residents can vote for President?

    The Constitution does not, and cannot grant rights, but rather it guarantees their protection.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    May 2, 2014 9:17 a.m.

    [DN censors - how am I breaking any rules by pointing out a flaw in logic? OK, will the third time be a charm?]

    Letter quote - “We have chiseled away at our Constitution over the years either through amendments to the Constitution…”

    The Constitution lays out the requirements for amending itself. As far as I know, no amendment has ever been added to the Constitution by any unconstitutional process.

    It is difficult to take this letter seriously when it makes such a fundamental error in logic.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    May 2, 2014 6:16 a.m.

    Actually, our system is working. Just look at our Congress since 2010.

    A study done by British researchers shows how our democracy has dissolved and our system has collapsed into an Oligarchy.

    Only a handful of people are controlling this country. The rich. Legislation which benefits them is being passed while legislation which would benefit the majority is being killed.