If the protesters are gonna meet for breakfast at the local IHOP, I hope they plan on tipping the servers well.
By the way, I would challenge the author's assertion that "those rights come with the price of being a contributing, tax-paying member to the larger society" in regards to political speech. Political speech is a constitutional right, and you cannot hinge a person (or organization's) constitutional rights on whether they pay taxes and contribute to society. Can we legally hinge the right to vote on whether a person pays taxes?
Here's the question: Should government have the authority to threaten churches with taxation for speaking out against politicians?
If there is a conflict between free speech and taxation, the problem is not with free speech. The problem is with our tax laws. If other non-profits are not free to express their political views without losing their tax-exempt status, then they should be free to do so. It's unconstitutional to use taxation as a weapon to suppress or censor speech. The government cannot arbitrarily create a type of speech called "political speech" and use taxation as a means to suppress it.
Our campaign finance laws are unconstitutional for much the same reason...the government cannot create types of speech and make laws regulating each type. I predict this law won't be allowed to stand, and I can't understand why it's been allowed to stand this long.
Oh I'm sure every Tater fan out there would love nothing more than for Steve Spurrier to be fired, since he's now beat Clemson like a 2-year-old at Wal-Mart for 3 straight years. Hey Chris Haire, hate leads to the dark side.
The fact remains that this tragedy never would have happened if Mr. Brown had stepped up to begin with, paid his child support, and offered to support Veronica and her mother. Instead he acted like a typical sperm donor, gave up custody of Veronica to avoid paying child support, and then emotionally traumatized her by yanking her from the only parents she had ever known.
The fact remains that if it weren't for the fact that Mr. Brown has Native American blood, he would be just another deadbeat dad who gave up his daughter and has no further legal access to her. Nobody but Native Americans can get away with what he got away with. He doesn't love his daughter. A man who loves his daughter would never give up custody to avoid paying child support.
I cannot imagine the horror that little girl experienced when she was taken from her parents on New Year's Day by complete strangers. It must have felt like a kidnapping to her. Of course, not that it matters to Mr. Brown, his attorneys, his tribe, or his defenders. They got what they wanted, and it came at the expense of a 2-year-old girl and her rightful parents. Bully for them.
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