Now you're talking about two conflicting Constitutional questions. Totally different issue because the Constitution tells exactly how to resolve that dispute: the courts.
That is what I have been saying.
You said slander. Different issue.
Also agree, but then the problem of language is always there. Two people can read the same sentence in the Constitution and think it means two different things. To quote Bill Clinton "It depends on what the meaning of the words 'is' is."
That is not a problem. Like I said, that is what SCOTUS is for. And once scotus makes a ruling, if the people don't like it, they can amend the Constitution to make it more palatable. If the government ignores the constitution, what is the people's remedy? There is none. The Constitution is the only remedy for all disputes with the government.
I mostly agree, but now we get to the crux of the problem. My statements have been about how rights have exceptions because at times they will conflict with other rights, and only one can be honored.
This is also where you're getting distracted from the actual issue. The point is, the people's rights never conflict for they are not involved in this or any other dispute with the government. This isn't a question of "who's rights are more important". This is a question of "Can the Federal government ignore the 4th Amendment (or any other section of the Constitution) because national security (or any other non-constitution based reason) is more important?". The Constitution very specifically states what rights the Government has. If the Feds ignore the 4th, they're ignoring the entire document.
The basic argument regarding the NSA's actions is to what degree do actions to protect your right to live in this country and have it continue to exist (i.e. right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness) balance against other rights such as those contained in the fourth amendment.
Where does the Constitution give the Government the power, the right, or the authority to guarantee or pursue life, liberty and happiness? It doesn't. That is the goal of the document (as implied by the declaration of independence), not the how. The how is in the list of powers given to the feds. ALL other powers reside with the States or the People. The wording you're using still suggests that you believe the Constitution is defining our rights. But as I've said, it is there to define the government's rights. So if the Constitution doesn't say the feds have the power, then they don't. It is an open & shut case as long as you abide by the Constitution. The 4th Amendment MUST be upheld.
I believe it is not an all one way or the other, and I think there is a valid argument regarding the need for balance. I also think the NSA and the President have gone beyond their powers and acted unconstitutionally. And before someone says it, no, this is not a contradiction of thought or cognitive dissonance.
Its not a contradiction, it is just short-sighted. If you argue for "balance" in ways that allow the government to violate the Constitution, you nave no argument to stop them from doing it.
I agree that there is never a need or justification to deliberately violate the Constitution, but when Congress or the courts balances one right against another, is that a violation, since if so, it is a no-win situation. One of the rights must be violated since they conflict and cannot both be honored.
I already covered this.