Karla - posted on 08/08/2011 ( 30 moms have responded )
Spin-off from S&P AAA downgrade...
-- Do you think our fear (often fed by extremist media) and demonization of the “other” (insert “left” or “right” – whatever is opposite your ideals) has created a society which easily believes in conspiracy theories and feeds paranoia?
and along those lines:
– Do you think the Patriot Act has made us vulnerable to power hungry extremists?
How do we know when to act on our grievances with the government and speak out about injustice? (is that what we are doing here?) Are our governments' checks and balances fail proof, is it enough?
Reference Checks and Balances:
"To prevent one branch from becoming supreme, protect the "opulent minority" from the majority, and to induce the branches to cooperate, government systems that employ a separation of powers need a way to balance each of the branches. Typically this was accomplished through a system of 'checks and balances.' Checks and balances allow for a system based regulation that allows one branch to limit another."
The 3 branches that do this are the legislative, executive and judicial.
Reference the statement by
Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)
First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me