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    Today is Constitution Day. An article in today's USA Today explains why the Constitution is such an important document - and why freedom of the press is more important than ever:

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/09/17/usa-today-editor-chief-constitution-reflection-press-role-republic-column/2351445001/

    "We have an independent press because that right is enshrined in the Constitution. Under English rule, it was a crime for newspapers to criticize the government — even if the criticism was true. Our Founders knew that a free press was a critical check on the government. And we exercise that check every day. A recent study found that when a city loses its newspaper, the cost of government actually increases."

    "The press both informs the public about what the government is doing and also sometimes serves as a watchdog, exposing graft or corruption or unlawful conduct by government officials or employees. How do you see the role and responsibilities of the press, which is sometimes seen as a fourth branch of government?"

    When real news is labeled "fake news" and fake news is binge watched by the leader of our country, freedom of press is more important than ever.

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    Drafting the constitution was not an easy task, since it required numerous compromises in order to get it passed.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitutional_Convention_(United_States)

    Yesterday's class assignment was to watch episode 2 of a documentary titled" America- the Story of Us" This particular segment lasts about 45 minutes, and it points out how remarkable our Founding Fathers actually were.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9F6sanwpe0

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    How about presenting Trump and his cronies an "copy"; but yeah Trump does not read nor writes nor thinks, so may be make an movie with Stormy in it, then he may remember may be a few bits of it which suits him.
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    It means nothing to king Trump.

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    Yes, then why don't the Dem's wake up and act? All talk no action!!
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    The first 10 amendments to the Constitution, called the Bill of Rights, was signed into law on September 25, 1789.

    Here's the first amendment:

    Amendment I

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

    Two weeks ago in Houston, 22 activists shut down an oil export channel to call attention to those hit hardest by the impacts of the oil industry and the broader climate crisis - and they got arrested. They were charged under the critical infrastructure law (pushed by Koch Industries, Marathon Petroleum, ExxonMobil and Chevron) - and a violation of the law is a felony.

    From what I can determine, the law was passed in 1950, and Harry Truman used in to nationalize the national railroad industry.

    https://definitions.uslegal.com/c/critical-infrastructure/

    Since we are now a net EXPORTER of oil, using the law to punish people interested in protecting the environment seems to be unjust, as well as UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

    I haven't seen much about the Houston protest in the news, but became aware of it due to a letter from Greenpeace.

    Stay tuned.

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    As a quick reminder, Constitution Day is a week from today.

    https://constitutionday.com/

    We've been reminded of the Constitution a lot this summer due to the fact that LOTS of people were using their constitutional rights to peacefully protest police brutality.

    Most of us would admit that the constitution isn't perfect, but Danielle Allen reminds why we should appreciate it in spite of its flaws.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/10/danielle-allen-constitution/615481/

    Some of the current and past members of the Supreme Court are/were originalists, even though the constitution was designed to be modified.

    https://lawliberty.org/which-justices-are-originalists/

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    Forget the Constitution; since it was only amended a few times in just about 300 years; it does not fit in the present way of life here.

    Why does this country have a "zillion" lawyers if this is such an "fantastic/complete" document? Look at the past "impeachment" ; it will tell you that even the basic "procedure was omitted and McConnell free lanced it on his own interpretation; result known. It is time that this country comes to their senses and have the base law updated everyday and make it an"living" document. ( Case laws don't work over time) Neither does it specify the detailed "limits" of an President; so now we are stuck with an corrupt mafia person. There are no simple other laws to remove such crook; besides the incomplete "impeachment" procedure. Start writing real laws for a change without loopholes it is urgent right now!! Wake up America, make your laws which fit 2020, unless you love your old disaster'es ways.