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Sometimes it is said that man can not be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the forms of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question.
The plan of government now proposed is evidently calculated totally to change, in time, our condition as a people. Instead of being thirteen republics, under a federal head, it is clearly designed to make us one consolidated government...Whether such a change can ever be effected in any manner; whether it can be effected without convulsions and civil wars; whether such a change will not totally destroy the liberties of this country — time only can determine.
Originally posted by kitanis
Our government is too big.. tries to take responsibility for too much and in the process.. Actually creates more problems than what it solves.
Originally posted by abeyer
-States have the right to Nullify Federal Law. A state can nullify federal law if 3/4 of the state pop. vote in favor of nullification. This does not apply to the Constitution or any of it's Amendments.
-All citizens of the U.S. have to right to presonal freedom and privacy in body and mind. like it was said a person's body is there business and so is anything else that doesnt effect the surrounding populace. The gov. has no right to invade the privacy of your home.
Originally posted by orangetom1999
very intresting to me Thomas that you know what happened in Woodrow Wilsons time with the passage of the Federal Reserve Act and what it entailed for the nation after 1913.
[People like to quote the Constitution..but so few seem to be aware that the government operates under the federal registers and also the United States Codes Annotated. The USCA is further divided into positive laws and negative laws. Most of the laws or codes used today are under negative laws...granting law and priveleges to the government not the people ..even in areas that the Constitution says they dont have the authority. These codes just havent been taken to court as of yet.
Positive laws are more in line with the public ..common law and constitutional law. Negative laws are like laws granted to a soverign or priveleges granted to people by a soverign government. Now that you are under these negative laws...the government can penalize you for breaking any number of them. Priveleges usually granted by some kind of government program or license..like a social security number..sometimes called in certain states as your control number.
This type of thinking about these laws..positive and negative are not something that is taught to most of us in government classes as they dont want you knowing the deck is stacked against you by this technique. Priveleges granted to a subject by a soverign.
This technique is how they get around much of what is written in the Constitution of the United States. They dont educate you as to how they are doing it.
Originally posted by just_a_pilot
Everyone wants to quote the Constitution and construe it in their own way. It makes it almost impossible to convey law. When does the good of a Nation end and and the good of an individual overcome that? If everyone went on their own way it would be the wild west here again.
Yeah, , and local governments similarly being able to nullify state (though maybe not federal) laws might not be such a bad idea either. We've had some really stupid laws brought before our legislature here (ie, a ban on baggy pants ).
I find it ironic that this should even be suggested, but definitely an idea I would love to see embraced again.
“The Economic Bill of Rights”
Excerpt from President Roosevelt's January 11, 1944 message to the Congress of the United States on the State of the Union
It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth—is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.
This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights—among them the right of free speech, free press, free worship, trial by jury, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. They were our rights to life and liberty.
As our nation has grown in size and stature, however—as our industrial economy expanded—these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.
We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. “Necessitous men are not free men.” People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.
In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all—regardless of station, race, or creed.
Among these are:
The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;
The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;
The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;
The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;
The right of every family to a decent home;
The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;
The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;
The right to a good education.
All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being.
America’s own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for our citizens.
Franklin D. Roosevelt American Heritage Center