"Procedure is the bone structure of a democratic society. Our scheme of law affords great latitude for dissent and opposition. It compels wide tolerance not only for their expression but also for the organization of people and forces to bring about the acceptance of the dissenter’s claim.... We have alternatives to violence."
Abe Fortas
(1910-1982) U. S. Supreme Court Justice
Concerning Dissent and Civil Disobedience, 1968
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 -- Anonymous     
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill      
    The opening sentence is the cry of intolerable tyrants and socialist provocateurs. An accurate prelude "Our scheme of law" does separate the tyrants of the occupying statist theocracy infesting this land from 'We The People' (sovereign individuals united) and the republican form of government related thereto. The democratic society addressed only affords great latitude for dissent and opposition when it is against the subject matter(s) of natural law, rights and liberty (under compelled compliance, natural law, rights and liberty will not be tolerated). Who is the "We" that has alternatives to violence?
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    No decorum in the US any longer, descent has gone awry, as we have community organizers ginning up those who have learned nothing of who they are or where they came from because the FEDERAL education system sees no need to teach the history of this country or aiding her youth to feel any pride in this country. Shame on the Federal government for this purposeful subversion. Now the youth, and a few who could not embrace personal liberty are rudderless. Each is a Peter Pan, forever a child, who will join the loudest group that will take them in so they have a sense of belonging somewhere in a country that forgot to embrace its youth; teach it to have respect, pride, and self responsibility. We have a culture of people now who have never learned that you must not take other people's stuff, harm other people's property, or harm other people. Listen to the late Yuri Bezmenov (youtube) -he explains how and why this has been a purposeful agenda.
     -- Abby     
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