“You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.” - Harlan Ellison
Like most Americans, I was jubilant when the Equal Right Amendment was finally ratified by enough states to make it part of the Constitution of the United States; it was long overdue.
Oh, wait . . . it was never ratified, despite being introduced so many decades ago. Somehow, even though those who voted seemed to have mothers, sisters, daughters and wives they professed to love and respect, it still managed to be voted down in enough state legislatures to keep it from being adopted.
In 2013, many state legislatures are even more conservative than they were in 1982, when the ERA’s deadline came and the Amendment failed to be adopted to the Constitution.
This has not prevented the sheer terror among conservative groups across the country when Representative Jose Serrano (D-NY 15) introduced House Joint Resolution 15, which would abolish term limits for president.
H. J. 15 was introduced on January 4, and seeks to create an amendment to the Constitution repealing the 22nd amendment, which set term limits on the office of president. Serrano brought forth the same measure in 2011.
To say that this is ludicrous, given the current political climate in the country, seems obvious. Even worse, it is trivial, and makes as much sense as when Congressman Steve “The Scowling One” Womack introduced a bill to defund to president’s Teleprompter when he first took his seat in Congress.
Haven’t you got some real work to do, dude?
Even so, this didn’t sop Secure Arkansas from sending out a frightened email to everyone on their mailing list in recent days
Urgent Action: H.J. Res. 15 Would Remove Obama's Term Limits
After giving the oertinent information, as well as a link to the bill, SA warns::
“It is urgent that you contact your congressman immediately on this important issue. Tell him we don't want to have an Obama presidency any longer than we have to. He has caused irreparable harm to this great nation already with his Obamacare and socialist agenda.”
The panicked message ends with:
Securing the blessings of liberty,
Hasn’t there been enough pandering to ignorance and fear? If Secure Arkansas really wants to “Secure the blessings of liberty” maybe they should tell the folks they have terrified with this email - the folks who fell asleep during civics class - the actual process by the which the Constitution is amended?
And just how long it might take? And the very long odds such a silly amendment like this has of passing, given the conservative nature of most state legislatures across this great country of ours?
There is something almost politically immoral about taking advantage of people who don’t know a lot about the way things work. Instead of making people think that the Martians are hiding in the next farmhouse, Secure Arkansas could tell folks how and why stuff works, especially if they want to be taken seriously.
Second Amendment News: Enraged ex-boyfriend buys gun and shoots former girl-friend, two others - including 12 year-old girl
In Hazard, Kentucky, a man who was angered by what has been described as a domestic dispute purchased a gun and shot his former girlfriend to death in the parking lot of Hazard Community and Technical College.
In addition to his girlfriend, the angered ex-boyfriend also shot to death her uncle and her 12 year old cousin.
Hazard Police Chief Minor Allen said that the young girl had been shot multiple times.
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Traveling with anyone is a very ticklish business . . . What is your thrill may be my bore . . . I cannot imagine what fire and pillage I would commit if anyone were in a position to keep me looking at things longer than I wanted to look. - Cornella Stratton Parker
Very good article, Richard, although you don’t mention the obvious conclusion - that the city…
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