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“Where law ends, tyranny begins” - quote of the day
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: February 11, 2020 05:52PM
“Where law ends, tyranny begins.”
-John Locke 1689
John Locke states in Section 202 of Chap. XVIII "Of Tyranny" in Book II of the Two Treatises of Government that even magistrates must abide by the law:


"Where-ever law ends, tyranny begins, if the law be transgressed to another’s harm; and whosoever in authority exceeds the power given him by the law, and makes use of the force he has under his command, to compass that upon the subject, which the law allows not, ceases in that to be a magistrate; and, acting without authority, may be opposed, as any other man, who by force invades the right of another. This is acknowledged in subordinate magistrates. He that hath authority to seize my person in the street, may be opposed as a thief and a robber, if he endeavours to break into my house to execute a writ, notwithstanding that I know he has such a warrant, and such a legal authority, as will impower him to arrest me abroad. And why this should not hold in the highest, as well as in the most inferior magistrate, I would gladly be informed. Is it reasonable, that the eldest brother, because he has the greatest part of his father’s estate, should thereby have a right to take away any of his younger brothers portions? or that a rich man, who possessed a whole country, should from thence have a right to seize, when he pleased, the cottage and garden of his poor neighbour? The being rightfully possessed of great power and riches, exceedingly beyond the greatest part of the sons of Adam, is so far from being an excuse, much less a reason, for rapine and oppression, which the endamaging another without authority is, that it is a great aggravation of it: for the exceeding the bounds of authority is no more a right in a great, than in a petty officer; no more justifiable in a king than a constable; but is so much the worse in him, in that he has more trust put in him, has already a much greater share than the rest of his brethren, and is supposed, from the advantages of his education, employment, and counsellors, to be more knowing in the measures of right and wrong."

The GOP and Traitor Trump are striking at the very heart of American democracy.
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Re: “Where law ends, tyranny begins” - quote of the day
Posted by: pdq
Date: February 11, 2020 09:34PM
That motto was chiseled into a building that was in the background of one of the news pieces on one of the network broadcasts - NBC, I think.

Will this kind of stuff be enough to turn moderate Repubs against Trump? I'll believe it when I see it, but a guy can hope, right?
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Re: “Where law ends, tyranny begins” - quote of the day
Posted by: mattkime
Date: February 11, 2020 09:35PM
but judges!

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pdq
Will this kind of stuff be enough to turn moderate Repubs against Trump? I'll believe it when I see it, but a guy can hope, right?



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Re: “Where law ends, tyranny begins” - quote of the day
Posted by: pdq
Date: February 12, 2020 09:04AM
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...as president, when Trump felt he needed help, he called out, "Where's my Roy Cohn?"

It occurred to me this morning, when I read (in “Barr takes control of legal matters of interest to Trump, including Stone sentencing”) that the DOJ is now recommending only probabtion to an unrepentant Stone, that Trump has finally found his Roy Cohn in Barr.

I thought the days of Cohn (or John Mitchell) were gone, but I was wrong.
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Re: “Where law ends, tyranny begins” - quote of the day
Posted by: SKYLANE
Date: February 14, 2020 07:24PM
Recommended watching...: Rachel Maddow had excellent shows on 02/12 & 02/13 outlining where we are at right now regarding the subject quote of the day.
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