"The powers properly belonging to one of the departments ought not to be directly and completely administered by either of the other departments. It is equally evident, that none of them ought to possess, directly or indirectly, an overruling influence over the others, in the administration of their respective powers. It will not be denied, that power is of an encroaching nature, and that it ought to be effectually restrained from passing the limits assigned to it."
James Madison
(1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President
Federalist Paper 47, 1788
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That would have been a good government. Now the executive and judicial do the legislator's work. The legislator's expand Marx and the religionists' canons. Welcome to the new America.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    The greatest corruption of this is the subjugation of the sovereign States under a perpetual debt held by the federal government which represents the nation's money supply. No State can exercise its sovereignty and independence and be beholden to a super-state for its currency and funding.
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    Tragically, the declension of Virtue, public and private, has served
    to render this nation's constitutionally prescribed Republicanism a chimera.
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