"I go on the principle that a public debt is a public curse, and in a Republican Government a greater curse than any other."
James Madison
(1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President
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I would have to read this in context before rating it. As this particular snippet stands, I agree up to the comma but then a what ?. What is the specific reference to 'Republican Government' here?
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Tell that to the Federal Reserve - the Republican party is a curse on society and is responsible for decimating the middle class. They are also responsible for the mess we are in around the world - death and destruction follows in their wake...
     -- Robert, Somewhere in Europe     
    It IS interesting, isn't it: how each of us carries a general-yet- deep position on governments, their responsibilities and their rights. Yet when statements are made, we need to analyze the ins and outs of the words to determine whether or not we agree with the stated statement. IT'S THE DETAILS THAT COUNT. ( Which 'minds me of "It's the ____, stupid" but I can't recall from whom or about what ! )
     -- Bobble, No. Ferrisburgh, VT     
    We were once a Republic.

    We are now.......????

    Our debts both current and into the future will bury us.

    Semper Fi.
     -- Bruski, Naples FL     
    "...the Republican party is a curse on society and is... ...responsible for the mess we are in around the world - death and destruction follows in their wake..." - so, by this I surmise you exonerate Democrats from their participation in all the illegal wars they allowed during their Defense Contractors Jubilees in Viet Nam, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, et al, ad nauseam? The only curse is, elected officials acting unConstitutional, and a brainwashed/MSM-engaged populace caring more for Illegal Aliens, Oprah and Super Bowls, than Patriotism, Liberty, and Rule of Law.
     -- Mark S.W., Denver     
    Madison and Jefferson, it is interesting in opposition to the first party, the federalist, they formed the democratic republican party. The cause for liberating the poor and needy demands there be ( No respect of persons ) in judgment of their need. Opportunity without oppression. Tyranny resides in present day within both parties. " He will surely reprove you, if ye do secretly accept persons " Job 13:10. " To whom hast thou uttered words ? and whose spirit came from thee ?
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
    Robert , I'm a Libertarian, and no Republican, but your comment is stupid and ludicrous.
     -- Jim K, Austin     
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