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santahog

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A message from Alabama, to Dick Durbin..
« on: August 22, 2013, 11:44:05 PM »
Pretty straight forward response from the Governor of Alabama to Durbin, over his attempt to extort "Stand Your Ground" from the Law in AL.

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http://www.ago.state.al.us/News-371

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 August 22, 2013
JOINT STATEMENT BY ATTORNEY GENERAL LUTHER STRANGE
AND ALABAMA POLICY INSTITUTE PRESIDENT GARY PALMER
Regarding the Efforts of U.S. Senator Dick Durbin to Target the
Alabama Policy Institute with Respect to “Stand Your Ground” laws.

 

            (MONTGOMERY and BIRMINGHAM) – Today Attorney General Luther Strange and Alabama Policy Institute (API) President Gary Palmer addressed API’s recent receipt of a letter from U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) that inquired about API’s relationship with the American Legislative Exchange Council and asked whether API supports “stand your ground” legislation.  This request infringes upon API’s constitutional right to free association.

            In 1958, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized “the vital relationship between freedom to associate and privacy in one's associations” and addressed behavior of this very sort, stating that “t is hardly a novel perception that compelled disclosure of affiliation with groups engaged in advocacy may constitute . . . a restraint on freedom of association. . . .”  Both the Attorney General’s Office and the Alabama Policy Institute value the right to free association and the constitutional protection this right provides from harassment or intimidation.

            “The emerging trend of Washington officials targeting conservative groups in Alabama is both disturbing and unacceptable,” Strange said.  “My office will stand with Alabama organizations like the Wetumpka Tea Party and the Alabama Policy Institute against viewpoint discrimination and political intimidation by the federal government.”

            “The Alabama Policy Institute recognizes Senator Durbin’s constitutionally-protected right to hold his policy positions and associate with those who agree.” Palmer noted.  “API and the more than 300 other organizations targeted by Senator Durbin have the same right as we continue to promote and defend our nation’s founding principles against those who consider our Constitution to be a hindrance to their grand agendas.”

            With respect to “stand your ground” legislation, Alabama law protects the right of an individual to use deadly force in self-defense or in defense of another without a duty to retreat when the individual is not engaged in unlawful activity and is in a place where he or she has the right to be.[ii]  The U.S. Supreme Court has also held “the inherent right of self-defense” to be “central to the Second Amendment right [to bear arms].”[iii]

            “While I understand that Senator Durbin is interested in self-defense laws, including the ‘stand your ground’ laws found in a majority of the states, they are a matter of state authority under the Tenth Amendment,” said Strange. “My office is prepared to defend the laws of our state from any unconstitutional federal intrusion that improperly limits the rights of Alabamians to keep and bear arms.”

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Re: A message from Alabama, to Dick Durbin..
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2013, 01:10:38 PM »
Yeah but wouldn't "Pound sand" have saved a lot of ink?   ;D ;D
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Re: A message from Alabama, to Dick Durbin..
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2013, 05:12:09 PM »
Actually, Solus, I was thinking more along the lines of something a little less politically correct: "Eat my shorts, turkey!"
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Re: A message from Alabama, to Dick Durbin..
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2013, 05:23:13 PM »
Why do you think they call Durbin "Dick".
IIRC his name is Albert .  ;D

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Re: A message from Alabama, to Dick Durbin..
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2013, 09:56:05 AM »
I would have sent the letter back with a noisome brown stain down the center of it.  I would have informed him that the letter was used for the intended purpose, now the disposal of above mentioned letter, is up to him.
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