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Might makes right, so get used to it

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From page A7 | January 10, 2014 |

I have been following, for a few years, the petty bickering and mud-slinging on television, radio and in the newspapers. The letter to the editor on  Dec. 30 (“Difference between the parties is clear,”) continues this written trend in this newspaper.

While some people fall back to the Bible, I would like to offer another source: Justice Oliver Wendell Homes wrote, “A Constitution is made for people of fundamentally differing views.”

Now the minority party believes that the majority of the people and the majority party are both wrong. I was taught that “might makes right.” So they will continues to hear and see what is coming down and “read it and weep.”

Elmer Hall

Fairfield

Letter to the Editor

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  • Mike KirchubelJanuary 07, 2014 - 11:33 am

    Great quote, but ... What? Is this a parable or a some sort of word-Rorschach test? Do we guess his point, putting-in our own biases? OK. He's saying that the right wingers lost and they should just eat it. Now, you have to guess what "it" is. Hint: it has "it" in the word. Shhh, don't tell.

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 07, 2014 - 11:41 am

    My version of "might makes right" is probably quite different than what Mr. Hall is trying to imply here. I'll stick with my interpretation! :)

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  • The MisterJanuary 10, 2014 - 7:04 am

    We don't have to worry about "might makes right" or survival of the fittest or the law of the jungle. George HW Bush said during an address to Congress on September 11, 1991 that the "New World Order" would do away with the "law of the jungle" and would usher in utopia. Of course he meant to say that utopia for the elite... not for the people.

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  • JoshJanuary 11, 2014 - 10:13 pm

    Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities

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  • rlw895January 11, 2014 - 10:19 pm

    The might of the Constitution makes right, at least in this country. You have a problem with that?

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