We don't need to create a another law to respond to a spectacularly failed prosecution. There are plenty of other laws that already exist to handle what happened, child endangerment laws exist in almost every state. Not reporting a missing child in a appropriate amount of time could easily fall under the rubric of our existing legal system.
The republican creed can be summed up succinctly by counting words. The word "I" shows up at least 7 times and and "my" or "myself" at least 4 times. The word "We", "Us" or "Our" doesn't show up at all. They seem to believe that every man is an island and no nation is better than any nation, no community is better than any community and a helping hand is a hurting hand. How sad and ironic that they work and act collectively toward their own ends and at the same time deny the value of working together for the common good.
It is incredible to me that someone could claim the civil war was not about slavery when the evidence is so abundant a blind man would trip over it. The gradual abolition of slavery in the Northern States, the banning of the importation of slaves, the Dred Scott Decision, the border wars in Kansas, the Missouri Compromise, the Harpers Ferry incident, the underground railroad and many other historical events and actions are all manifestations of tension in our nation over the issue of slavery. The tension started the day our nation was born and peaked when Lincoln was elected president.
The preservation of slavery was a necessary condition to maintain the wealth of southern slave and land holders. Ergo, Southern political leaders whipped up hatred of Lincoln and the North because his election threatened this wealth and the expansion of slavery in the west, religious leaders in the South justified slavery as God's will. The entire social structure in the south was geared to protect this economic system. Other reasons for fighting the civil war were window dressing for the masses, who unfortunately, died in droves for an immoral and lost cause.
This is about good order and discipline and nothing more. The dorm rooms are military dorms not college dorms and it doesn't matter about the sex or sexual preference of the individuals involved. They were in bed together and shouldn't have been. It is important because the life on the nuclear power school grounds should mirror life at sea and sailors at sea should not be hitting the rack together. Petty Officer Jones didn't have to ask for a court marshal, he could have accepted Captain's Mast, but because he did ask for a court marshal he put himself at greater risk of more severe punishment and being discharged involuntarily.
Republicans and Democrats only care about gaming the system so that voting laws reflect a preference for people who will likely vote for their respective parties. Right now the Republicans are winning and the Democrats are losing so the laws will favor Republican voters.
If proper governance were to prevail we could have an ID requirement to vote, to ensure voters are legit, but we would also allow a voter without an ID to vote on a provisional ballot that would count unless either party could prove that the voter was not a legitimate voter (within a 30 day time frame). Voter registration would be automatic upon turning 18 years of age and early voting on weekends and evenings should be standard. This allows for maximum voter participation.
Unfortunately, the people of South Carolina seem unable to wake from their ideologically induced stupor. So I don't have much hope for voter rights in SC.
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