Thought Question - Constitutional Rights...

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    Feb 18, 2012 5:03 AM GMT
    Can the US Constitution be interpreted to remove rights from US citizens - or can it only be interpreted to define and preserve rights?

    This discussion question does not consider the possibility for amending the Constitution to preserve or remove particular rights.

    Please consider your answers only within the framework of the Constitution, and relevant SCOTUS precedents.
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    Feb 22, 2012 11:29 PM GMT
    Stipulated?

    How do you mean by this, as opposed to being judicially defined (such as abortion rights per Roe v. Wade) or expressly legislated (such as the ENDA, which would have prevented discrimination based upon gender identity/orientation?

    BTW, I'm not being a smartass or trolling here - just looking to get people's insights into this question. icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 22, 2012 11:34 PM GMT
    "It's just a god damned piece of paper." -GW Bush (according to some reports)
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    Feb 23, 2012 4:49 AM GMT
    AlphaTrigger saidCan the US Constitution be interpreted to remove rights from US citizens - or can it only be interpreted to define and preserve rights?

    This discussion question does not consider the possibility for amending the Constitution to preserve or remove particular rights.

    Please consider your answers only within the framework of the Constitution, and relevant SCOTUS precedents.
    My opinion ( and I am not a constitutional legal scholar)No.. once 'granted'...