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A formulated phrase

February 24th, 2017

How many times have you ignored the small print? Or scrolled quickly through it if necessary and clicked “I have read the Terms”, then “I agree”.

Terms of Service: I’ve seen something like these phrases on most products I use. “[who] reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to change, modify, add or remove portions of these Terms of Use, at any time. …Your continued use of [what] will mean that you accept and agree to the changes.”

Non-negotiable, of course. [what]: like it or lump it.

Then, maybe consider the Constitution as the US Government’s Terms of Service. Have you read them, along with changes, and agreed to the changes? Consider changes such as Trump’s Executive Actions. I’m worried.

The First Amendment says Congress shall make no law […] abridging […] the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The Amendment does not protect the people from gross and outrageous Executive Actions. Nor does it protect the people from Judicial (or Congressional) failure to act in the face of such gross and outrageous Executive Actions.

Read the Amendment carefully. It regards only “making of a law”. Even such a petition could be futile. The Government might easily reply to such a petition by saying, “Thanks for your interest. We’ll get back to you.” Or the Government might not reply at all.

Petition the Government: some governmental agency? The Department of Petitions (DOP)? Uh… An unnamed surly clerk in an obscure agency whose name begins with an assortment of capital letters, with chances that the petition will end up in the middle of an in-basket?

“The petition must be filed in triplicate on form People’s Petition 1791-AM1-r5-pet. You didn’t complete line 37, Number of signatories. Please resubmit: requests are processed in the order received. Next!”

We’re doing some of the things we can. I’ve certainly sent our congresscritters some very irate letters: no response. (No surprise.) And we certainly vote at every opportunity, for whatever good it does. (Mark Twain said, If voting made any difference, they wouldn’t let us do it.)

But as I said, I’m worried. How many protests to no avail, and news declared as traitorous or fake? How many are leaving for Canada or being shipped off to Mexico? We’ve heard the phrases. Love it or leave it? Like it or lump it?

Just because yer paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to getcha.