The decade of the 1980s has traditionally been viewed as a time of strong economic growth and innovation, mainly due to the smaller government, pro-deregulation policies of the Reagan administration. Ralph, I NEVER attack unless attacked first. Period. Then I give as good or better than I get. We can let this debate descend into kindergarten recess accusations or return to the single most important issue facing America today: Please defend your viewpoint that Mr. Obama is not an anti-American communist who is proceeding to dismantle the greatest nation on Earth. Thank you. Edit: I don’t support a pure democracy, but I also don’t think abolishing the electoral college, in and of itself, would substantially change our system from a republic toward a pure democracy. Jury – Persons selected according to law and sworn to inquire into and declare a verdict on matters of fact. A petit jury is a trial jury, composed of 6 to 12 persons, which hears either civil or criminal cases. In civil law matters, it is often up to an individual to take action via the proper channels; often a tribunal or court of law. This is a fact which is often overlooked. If your employer has broken a law and you are affected by this, for example they haven’t paid you for the work you have done over the past six months, then it would be up to you to pursue this. You have a legal right (to your pay) that you are entitled to enforce. You may seek advice from someone with specialist knowledge about the best way of getting your money, but you are responsible for bringing any legal action against your employer for the recovery of your wages. Juries are comprised only of laypersons — never judges. In the U.S., juries are employed in both civil and criminal cases. Their function is to weigh evidence presented to them, and to find the facts and apply the law. Obama has stated that he wants to convert the stock the US government now owns in the nation’s banks from preferred stock, which is the case currently, to common stock. This modification in type of stock may seem irrelevant at first glance, but under further analysis it is the single greatest communist policy the US government has ever adopted: It means that the federal government will control all of the currently publicly traded major banks and financial institutions in the nation which are currently in the hands of individual shareholders. Not only will the current shareholders’ rights be trampled, but the control of the nation’s flow of money is the first keystone of communism. I make sure that I’m not being a contributing factor to problems like these. Government corruption? I go research the law. Social decay? I check myself and make sure I’m not actively or passively enabling it. For example, I’m homeless at the moment and working online because I’m off the grid (no ID, no Social, etc.) rather than subsidize federal corruption with my taxes. That’d be pretty unconscionable of me, particularly with the videos up on YouTube showing some of the concentration camps that’ve been put up around the country, just waiting. If everybody made sure that they weren’t enabling the problems, it’s unlikely we’d have any. But then I go beyond that.

Judicial precedent therefore works on the basis of the principle of stare decisis, a Latin phrase which means let the decision stand”. The common law now has certain rules. For example, only certain parts of a judgment becoming binding precedent, and only if handed down by a superior court. You cannot make the slower runners faster. If you want all runners to hit the finish line at the same time there is only one way to do it: slow down the faster runners. That is why all leveling schemes level down, which is why Socialist countries always do worse than free countries. Our Constitution and its minority Rights protections can still be both changed and protected by the will of the popular vote—through their elected representatives, as long as we remain a Republic of States. So there is your one man-one vote. Morris – William Morris, 1834-1896 English socialist and artist. A presentation of some of his manuscripts at the International Institute of Social History. Citizens United was the icing on the cake when it comes to the Supreme Court rullings. It gves enormous new political power to the wealthiest people in the country. It allows corporations and the super-rich, without disclosure, to spend as much money as they want on candidates and elections. See my hub on Citizens United for more information. For a point of reference, the United States is a Constitutional Democratic Republic that has long embraced both capitalism (free markets) and socialism (public schools and universities, and public works – parks, roads and highways, sewer and water, dams, harbors, as well as social welfare, such as worker’s comp, unemployment insurance, social security etc.). States parties to the present Charter shall have the duty to guarantee the independence of the Courts and shall allow the establishment and improvement of appropriate national institutions entrusted with the promotion and protection of the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the present Charter. Socialist groups may have different names (democratic socialists” and so on), but the distinctions between them are an illusion, columnist Jenna Ellis wrote in the Washington Examiner last year : All are precursors to full-blown Marxist-Leninist communism.” And according to an editorial in Investor’s Business Daily, All forms of socialism are the same.” Many attacks on socialism , as well as polls gauging its surprising popularity , take for granted that it’s a unified philosophy amenable to a crisp judgment. Contempt of court – Willful disobedience of a judge’s command or of an official court order. An action that interferes with a judge’s ability to administer justice or that insults the dignity of the court. Disrespectful comments to the judge or a failure to heed a judge’s orders could be considered contempt of court. A person found in contempt of court can face financial sanctions and, in some cases, jail time.