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Remembering Basic Principles

July 3, 2013

When the Founders of our great nation gathered 237 years ago to sign the Declaration of Independence, they had only an idea of the magnificent country to which they were giving life....

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Jul-04-13 9:11 PM

OK: The NR prefers we return to a 1776 era government. I know they want to cling to the past(steel and coal),but that far back?

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Jul-04-13 11:47 AM

? ....with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor. -- Declaration of Independence

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Jul-04-13 10:01 AM

We were founded as a Constitutional Republic, with a central government that was, by design, limited in scope. The Founders believed, correctly, that giving the central government too much power would eventually lead to tyranny. The central government would grow too large and take too much power away from the states, which best represented the will of the people due to their proximity.

The Founders very wisely inserted the 10th Amendment, now ignored, which stated that any powers not SPECIFICALLY granted to the federal government by the Constitution belonged to the states and the people.

What this means is that the "general welfare" is not a power. If it were, the Founders would have provided a detailed explanation AND a funding mechanism. They did not. Thus, the general welfare cannot be provided for from tax dollars.

Our Constitutional Republic has been degraded into a populist Democracy.

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Jul-04-13 9:51 AM

and the ouster of any non-american presidents.

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Jul-04-13 9:43 AM

welcome to the police state!

Arrested for filming the police.....

“Police” Arrest Man For Filming Them Then Shoot His Dog Multiple Times.

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Jul-04-13 7:37 AM

The editors of this newspaper should remember the basic principles of a free press. Coupons and obituaries are not what our founding fathers had in mind when writing the Constitution. The slum in which you survive is much of your own making.

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