"Experience is the oracle of truth; and where its responses are unequivocal, they ought to be conclusive and sacred."
James Madison
(1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President
The Federalist
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Experience and History show quite plainly that the political power brokers of America are presently taking us down a very destructive path towards slavery. A return to strict Constitutional values by whatever means is immediately necessary. Take out the trash in November.
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Regarding questions of power, we ought to pour through the experiences of our ancestors so that we do not repeat old traps thinking they are 'new' and 'progressive' ideas... Carlton, I'd love to take out the trash -- problem is that that isn't one of the choices -- it is pick from trash column A or trash column B -- how do we say 'none of the above, try again'?
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    One should look at the experiences of the past before undertaking something new.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    Archer...come and join us Libertarians. We're Constitutionalists by definition. Other than that...try getting a lot of signatures on a list asking your favorite candidate to uphold the values he/she is being elected for. Have it notarized. Sue them for breach of contract...
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    The Truth: http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=19891
     -- RBESRQ     
    Stop thinking of it as 'throwing away your vote' and choosing from column a or b and vote for the right person...more people need to do that...pleeeezeee. I want more than 10% of congress on MY side, surely there are others????
     -- Abigail, Newport     
    Once the burden was imposed on citizens thy became slaves, to that parties way of thinking, FDR. There is yet a fragment of that generation still alive. No taxes on person, or property, that would take away his life, house, garden or pasture. He is at liberty with in the nation, kingdom, or city. That grants liberty to there citizens. In this manner is one's inheritance and heritiege protected and secured. To be garded with all jelousy. When our nation was week temptation swayed party to think security there way was better than the constitutional way. So slavery begain by imposing their will upon the citizens by force. So by forceful resistance we will reclaim our stand of liberty and freedom, sides being taken. COMPROMISE IS NOT LIBERTY OR FREEDOM. The experience of reclaiming freedom at home again must be endured.
     -- Ron, s     
    Folk who frown on Taxes and Social Security etcetera fail to know the histroy or follow the reasons that these things exist. The current Financial Regulations that jsut passed Congress are a return to a past we have forgotten. The Republican roaring '20's led to the crash of 1929 and the need for the New Deal. The Reagan/Bushites leds to the Wall Street debacle of 2008. When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn? When they learn to remember the past that is when!
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    Waffler, the thread of truth you're trying to weave through your false assertions and interpretations only gives credence to the quote. (-: for your edification though ;-) It takes a Republican Party to fully implement destructive and otherwise failed Democratic Party policies. Ron, Right-on, concerning eternal principles and the law of nature and of Nature's God COMPROMISE IS NOT LIBERTY OR FREEDOM
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Waffler P.S. I am not against taxes. I am against tyrannical theft of my property, enslavement of my being, and limitation of lawful expression. Social Security (a mis-direction oxymoron) for one, was instituted as part of a demonic support for international banker's enslavement of a once free sovereign. The SS was implemented to give value to the new funny money (I use that term loosely in place of the debt instruments), non-participants in the theft of the noble laborer's fruit, as measured by the new funny money, were / are incarcerated (a rather harsh and immoral demand for acceptance). And, to secure long term enslavement acceptance, the international banker's agent, the statist theocracy, promised a future token for that which was stolen today. That is but one demonic reason why the thing (SS) exists (there are equal to, and worse reasons).
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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