Monday, February 24, 2014

Declaration 1789

As we talked about in class, "The Law is the expression of the general will".  This reminds me of a democracy like the one we have in this country.  In order for a law to be put into action, people as a whole have to vote for it.  It is the people's choice for what becomes a law or not but in other forms of government this is not always the case.  Although an age requirement is the only way to distinct if a human is mentally capable of making a rational decision (voting), I dislike the way our system works.  Some humans mature faster than others and it is possible for an educated 15 year old to make a very rational, unbiased decisions.  "No one may be disturbed on account of his opinions"(Article 10). If someone has an opinion that is well thought out, I believe it should be respected child or man.

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  1. I find this sentence interesting as well. Professor Vaught mentioned in class that the first step Nazi did during the Holocaust was to strip the Jews out of citizenship. Once the Jews were not recognized by the government, they were no longer under the protection of the government as well. "The Law is the expression of the general will". After the Jews are being stripped out of citizenship, their will is not part of the "general will" anymore. The Law consequently wouldn't work for them or protect them from harm. It seems to be the general public who decide the law, but they can't decide whether they would be swept out of the law's protection. People can vote when they are considered citizens, but the government seems to have an absolute power to decide who's citizen and who's not.


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