rather Mexico and Central America have a problem with its Native Americans, problems with its lower classes, problems with socio-economics; political system, corruption, the rule of law, the free market, and a littany of other problems. These problems, for the last 40 years, are apparently now our responsibility the know-it-alls say. We have to change our laws because they won’t fix their endemic problems. Illegal immigration is a symptom not a problem. We would all be well to work the problem if we can.
Best. Quote. Ever.
It really is the best quote ever. I know.
I’m not sure if I’ve reblogged this before, but whatever, it’s awesome.
This is one of the better quotes floating out there especially given our current political predicament.
In a 2006 interview, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said the Constitution is “basically about” one word — “democracy” — that appears in neither that document nor the Declaration of Independence. Democracy is America’s way of allocating political power. The Constitution, however, was adopted to confine that power in order to “secure the blessings of” that which simultaneously justifies and limits democratic government — natural liberty.
The argument is between conservatives who say U.S. politics is basically about a condition, liberty, and progressives who say it is about a process, democracy. Progressives, who consider democracy the source of liberty, reverse the Founders’ premise, which was: Liberty preexists governments, which, the Declaration says, are legitimate when “instituted” to “secure” natural rights.
With the Declaration, Americans ceased claiming the rights of aggrieved Englishmen and began asserting rights that are universal because they are natural, meaning necessary for the flourishing of human nature. “In Europe,” wrote James Madison, “charters of liberty have been granted by power,” but America has “charters of power granted by liberty.”
They don’t ignore the opportunity because it doesn’t exist."
So very true but don’t count on anyone actually injecting reason into this “income inequality” argument.
There are other statistics that disprove that there is in fact gender pay inequality. My favorite is the one where never married, middle-age college educated women make roughly 10% more than men of the same cohort. If there is a vast right wing conspiracy to pay women less how do you square it?