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  1. Helvidius

    Bernie Sanders to introduce bill to make college tuition-free

    I don't think college should be free, but clearly college tuition costs have spiraled out of control. I will withhold support or criticism until there is something more concrete here. That being said, there are ways to immediately help students deal with student debt like lowering interest...
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    The reasons men cheat versus women

    I would be shocked if this wasn't satire.
  3. Helvidius

    Can government use curfews & other restrictions to outlaw peaceful protests?

    Idt it defeats the purpose at all. That would be like saying, "What is the point of free speech if I can't make terrorist threats against my neighbor?" Just because the right to assemble is not absolute does not mean it is not significant. The fact is, you can ask the government for a permit and...
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    Can government use curfews & other restrictions to outlaw peaceful protests?

    Blocking traffic is not illegal if you have a permit. And that is EXACTLY why there should be permits issued for protests. Parades and protests block traffic all the time in cities, but the city has time to prepare for the protest and redirect traffic, setup security, etc. when a permit has been...
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    Can government use curfews & other restrictions to outlaw peaceful protests?

    Free speech means the government cannot discriminate based on the content or viewpoint of your speech. Free speech has never meant you have the right to have a demonstration wherever you want or at whatever time you want.
  6. Helvidius

    Can government use curfews & other restrictions to outlaw peaceful protests?

    SCOTUS has ruled that time and place restrictions by the government are constitutional. The government just can't discriminate based on content or viewpoint. I support the need for a permit since the government does not have the right to restrict based on viewpoint/content. I think it is a good...
  7. Helvidius

    Why Men Won't Marry You

    I would argue that men in their low thirties and younger are actually quite egalitarian. Certainly, more so than the prior generations of men. I honestly don't think that is the answer. A lot of people currently in their twenties experienced the perils of divorce through their parents, having...
  8. Helvidius

    Bernie Sanders is Running For President !!

    Rarely do I agree with Bernie Sanders on economic issues, but some of those ideas are pretty good. I don't agree with all, but some. He reminds me of Ron Paul oddly enough in the sense that he isn't bought and paid for and is honest with the American people. AND I have ZERO faith in most...
  9. Helvidius

    Reid: 'Journalism doesn't exist'

    Journalists have certainly sold out for the almighty $ and fame. To an extent, I think the public should take some blame for making it worth their while to do so.
  10. Helvidius

    Scalia's shameful joke at SSM hearing

    You should buy that argument as it is in the official court transcript, whereas the opposing version is based off a tweet. I'm not going to guess as to your experience with oral arguments, but as someone who has participated in them, I can tell you it is very intense/stressful. A bout of...
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    Scalia's shameful joke at SSM hearing

    Scalia is hit and miss with me, but it sounds like the news is being VERY misleading with what actually happened: Peeling back the layers of Justice Scalia's joke - Chicago Tribune Looks like he meant the break from oral arguments was refreshing, not the protester's mockery of the court...
  12. Helvidius

    Crystal Ball Time: SCOTUS and SSM

    Contracts are quid pro quo. In other words, one is contingent upon the other. One person cannot enter a contract. It really goes against the basic definition of a contract to say that one person entered a contract and a man or woman now cannot enter the contract.
  13. Helvidius

    Crystal Ball Time: SCOTUS and SSM

    I agree with arguing animus - that has been used by Kennedy to say that a law does not meet rational basis review. But equal protection requires clear discrimination based on gender, not incidental discrimination. Unless it is proved the statute was intended to discriminate against men OR women...
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    Crystal Ball Time: SCOTUS and SSM

    Marriage is a fundamental right under the due process clause. Statutes interfering with fundamental rights require strict scrutiny review. How would you prove a gender was being discriminated against? The law doesn't target a single gender; it targets men and women equally. You would have to...
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    Crystal Ball Time: SCOTUS and SSM

    This is exactly why gender discrimination does not make sense. State laws against gay marriage do not discriminate based on gender. There is no history of states preventing one gender from same-sex marriage. If state laws said lesbians could not get married, then the argument would be a good...
  16. Helvidius

    Crystal Ball Time: SCOTUS and SSM

    Equal protection is one way to defend gay marriage. However, I was looking at defending gay marriage through the due process clause. Statutes harming fundamental rights require strict scrutiny review by the courts. Marriage is considered a fundamental right (Lovings v. Virginia), thus any state...
  17. Helvidius

    Crystal Ball Time: SCOTUS and SSM

    We may just be arguing semantics, but sexual activity between homosexuals is in fact a protected liberty interest under substantive due process. Thus, a law banning such activity must pass strict scrutiny in order for the court to uphold it as unconstitutional. See Lawrence v. Texas When I...
  18. Helvidius

    George W. Bush just sharply criticized Obama for the first time

    Fleischer: George W. Bush didn't mean to criticize Obama - CNNPolitics.com Seems he was asked a foreign policy question at a private event and his answer contrasted with what President Obama is doing in Iran. Idk that I would call it condemnation of Obama necessarily.
  19. Helvidius

    Crystal Ball Time: SCOTUS and SSM

    Given that marriage and sexual-orientation are considered fundamental rights, laws prohibiting same-sex marriage should be held to strict scrutiny. Strict scrutiny generally requires the law to be absolutely necessary and narrowly tailored to fit the need in order to pass judicial scrutiny...
  20. Helvidius

    Senate confirms lynch as attorney general. 10 "republicans" vote for her

    Regardless of how most politicians feel, I am uneasy when the Attorney General who seems so comfortable with the practice.
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