"Any one of the strange laws we suffer is a
compromise between a fad and a vested interest."
Gilbert Keith Chesterton
(1874-1936) British essayist, critic, poet, and novelist
Saint Thomas Aquinas: The Dumb Ox, 1933
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True. Federal judges tell us that the Constitution is NOT written in stone.
 -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    Cap and Raid, Long Gun Registration, Non existent Immigration Enforcement...the complete selling out of the United States under one little law at a time...Our Judicial System needs a major overhaul.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Log on to the Institute for Justice and see how many laws are passed to keep out competition in certain certain busnesses. Most licensing laws are passed for that purpose.
     -- jim k, Austin,Tx     
    Indeed. 'Law-making' is a racket designed to rig the game in favor of an elite.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    (-; and knowing the fad started as someone's vested interested, we're really in trouble ;-)
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    The broad nomenclature “law”, divides into multiple political philosophies – rendering many mental images, understandings and exercises. Applications to said philosophies, derive from perceived sources of power or called upon authority. – By example: 1) “the laws of nature and of nature’s God” (Declaration of Independence {natural law nomenclature animates an umbrella of that which is eternal and absolute in nature} natural law) Infinite and unwavering rules of nature are categorically understood through assessable proficiencies such as gravity, physics, math, life, liberty and property (the constitutional law of the land). 2) Legal Positivism; Legal Positivism is arbitrary, “An arbitrary law is one made by the legislator simply because he wills it, and is not founded in the nature of things;” (Bouvier’s Law Dictionary) – Legal Positivism is most often “used in opposition to natural law” (Bouvier’s Law Dictionary). 3) Legal Realism; Legal Realism is arbitrary and habitually time/situation fleeting, instituted by any source, at any time regardless of natural law or legal positivism (executive, judicial, personal, etc.). 4) etc. Any one of the strange laws we suffer under is a compromise between a fad and a vested interest falling within political a philosophy of here stated Legal Positivism or Legal Realism.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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