ACT UP had some truly iconic posters.
The 111th Congress was practically defined by Republicans who turned an extraordinary measure–the filibuster–into a routine tool of obstruction. GOP senators invoked holds and filibusters on virtually everything that came from Senate Democrats, resulting in a session that saw more filibusters than any previous session in history. This nifty graph is illustrative. […]
At this point, I’m honestly unsure of what will convince reporters to cease the constant equivalence between the two parties. Democrats aren’t angels, of course, but the Republican Party has embarked on a crusade against the norms that govern conduct in the Senate. It’s totalistic approach to politics is responsible for congressional dysfunction, and placing blame on both sides only makes the problem harder to solve. — Prospect.org
The love I have for Bad Lip Reading must be something like the love Sarah Palin has for her developmentally disabled child.
“Ridiculous as sodomy laws may be, there clearly is no right to privacy nor sodomy found anywhere in the Constitution.” -A discussion of why Lawrence v. Texas (the Supreme Court case about whether it was constitutional for police in Texas to enter a gay man’s apartment and arrest him for having anal sex) was wrongly decided. From Ron Paul’s “Federal Courts and the Imaginary Constitution,” August 2003.
“Privacy is one of the most sacred elements of a free society. It is now common to pass laws which routinely violate the Constitutional guarantee that our homes and persons are not to be invaded by government agents.” -From Ron Paul’s book, Freedom Under Siege, published 1987.
Makes perfect sense. My shit is stuff, your stuff is shit (thanks George Carlin).
For those of you who are curious, the Supreme Court has inferred the right to privacy from the 3rd amendment. For example, in Griswold vs. Connecticut (1965), the court decided that the amendment implied that a person’s home should be free from agents of the state. For those not keeping track, the 3rd amendment is the one that says we’re not required to quarter troupes in our own homes. Why is this important? Well, the 3rd amendment is specifically part of the constitution, and the constitution also has an entire article setting up the Judiciary, including the Supreme Court. It’s the court’s job to interpret the constitution, not a legislator’s, like Ron Paul, and not the President’s, as he wants to be. There is in fact well-regarded and legal constitutional precedent for the right to privacy, and it’s not something you can have both ways, just because you don’t like a certain group of people.