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Thoughts about September 11, 2001, and…

by merlin on September 11th, 2012
  • Sumo

I am researching the doctrine of interspousal tort immunity – the idea that a married couple can’t commit a tort against each other, based in the antiquated notion that a woman was somehow less than a man, and that she became his property or a part of him when they married, such that they became one person.  You can’t sue yourself, or be sued by yourself – it’s kind of stupid.  In a modern day and age, of course, American society recognizes that women can do far greater things than men.  In my law school, some of the brightest people I knew were my female classmates, and I think that this doctrine deserves to be forgotten in history.

However, it is still alive, with exceptions, and I am researching those exceptions for something that I am working on, and also to be better able to represent persons in Georgia when torts arise between spouses.

However, THIS entry is to remember the past – we should be reminded of, and remember always, the events of September 11, 2001.

If we simply remember it as a tragedy, then we have learned nothing as a society.

If we continue to limit individual freedoms in the name of some abstract notion of security, then we have learned nothing as a society.

I agree with the words of former President Bush, that the terrorists targeted us because they hate our freedom.  It is important that we do not ignore that fact, and that we don’t do their job for them.  Civil liberties must be upheld.  Some State – Georgia or WHEREVER – needs to take in the Guantanamo detainees.  The rights of all human beings should be respected.  We are Americans and we live in a representative democracy, NOT a fascist government.  We invade those countries and remove those  regimes, and it is CRUCIAL that we are not hypocrites.

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