We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Re natural seepage of oil: there's a case that harvesting oil would reduce natural seepage. It's fair to note that the natural seepage is rarely as concentrated or large as a blowout, though.
Re the 14th Amendment: I hope the "privileges and immunities" clause comes back to life. It is one of our most basic protections: that states must recognize our rights. The 14th Amendment was supposed to be the ultimate equal rights amendment, and would be if it were enforced by courts.
"No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States”
What yall think are privileges and immunities?
Some evils which plague USA are considered privileges.
For instance, if yall are a chicklette who murders her offspring seeking protection under Roe v Wade, yall expect states to protect yall's privilege to murder children and support yall's immunity from any actions seeking justice.
Hope that helps.
Okay, uno mas.
If yall have priviledge to be a sexual deviant government must provide yall with immunity from righteousness, is another.
Think about what liberal progressives think are their privileges and immunities.
The possibilities become daunting, methinks, like opening Pandora's Box.
re: WASPs. The NYT says "we are talking about a subgroup, mostly of English or Scots-Irish origin" which leaves out the Germans. It should be harder for a learned journalist to mention protestants without mentioning the home of the Protestant Reformation or the largest ethnic group in America (Germans are 17% according to Wikipedia). FFS the primary language of Pennsylvania at the time of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia (either one) was German.
Despite my last name I wasn't aware of the heavy and early German immigration to the US until a few years ago. It wasn't taught in high school civics - though to be fair most of our laws come from the English and Scotch-Irish (Magna Carta and the like). My epiphany was a joke list "German, American, or Other" that listed core contributors to Python (an open source programming language) and the joke was mainly German vs American. Diederich, Lutz, Hettinger, Mertz, Lemburg, Heims, Doerwald, Kaiser for example (first 4 American, last 4 German). The full list of 100+ contributors is closer to the actual set of German/American/Other by country population.