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I early gave it as my opinion to the confidential characters around me, that, if these Societies were not counteracted (not by prosecutions, the ready way to make them grow stronger) or did not fall into disesteem from the knowledge of their origin, and the views with which they had been instituted by their father, Genet, for purposes well known to the Government; that they would shake the government to its foundation.
Time and circumstances have confirmed me in this opinion, and I deeply regret the probable consequences…because I see, under a display of popular and fascinating guises, the most diabolical attempts to destroy the best fabric of human government and happiness, that has ever been presented for the acceptance of mankind.
"Let us face reality. The framers of the Constitution have simply been too shrewd for us. They have outwitted us. They designed separated institutions that cannot be unified by mechanical linkages, frail bridges, tinkering. If we are to "turn the founders upside down" - to put together what they put asunder - we must directly confront the constitutional structure they erected."
Trailer to EagleEye, a conspiracy movie where the NSA is the enemy. Carries a constitutional message of liberty vs security
originally posted by: MisterMandlebrotIn 1934 the Supreme Court had overturned overturned FDR's National Review Administration, a government program managed by the executive which brought together the nation's corporate and union leaders to set national prices on commodities. Had it not been for the Supreme COurt, this act would have despotized America.
In 1975 the World Affairs COuncil in New York had drafted a "Declaration of Interdependence," sent before congress and meant to be signed in honor of the bicentennial of the American Declaration of Independence. It called for the creation of a "New World Order" (their words, not mine), economic policy to be controlled by international beurucrats, disarmament of all civillians and an education program to structure society for this. 140 members of congress endorsed it. Informed citizens created controversy over this document and all 140 congressmen took their names off the document. The reasoning is that in America the congressmen represent their constituencies, whereas in the parliaments of Europe congressmen represent a national party.
Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people.
Soft despotism gives people the illusion that they are in control, when in fact they have very little influence over their government. Soft despotism breeds fear, uncertainty, and doubt in the general populace. Alexis de Tocqueville observed that this trend was avoided in America only by the "habits of the heart" of its 19th-century populace.
originally posted by: [post=18061007]links234
We need a global world order. None of this autonomous state-hood nonsense. We're better, as a nation, to have a large federal government with 50 individual states than we are with 50 individual nations with a non-existent federal state. We need that on an international level.