"Government, in my humble opinion, should be formed to secure and to enlarge the exercise of the natural rights of its members; and every government, which has not this in view, as its principal object, is not a government of the legitimate kind."
James Wilson
(1742-1798) Member of Continental Congress, signed Declaration of Independence; U.S. Supreme Court Justice and delegate from Pennsylvania
Lectures on Law, 1791
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WOW ! ! ! - ABSOLUTELY ! ! ! - We Hold This Truth to be Self Evident. The occupying statist theocracy infesting this land, with its compelled compliance, license, victimless crimes, larceny with impunity, usurpations, tyrannical violence / perpetual war, theocratic dogmas and canons, corrupt courts, executions antithetical to the laws of nature and of nature's God, anti-just legislation and otherwise despotic enforcements and criminal activities is not a government of the legitimate kind ! ! ! That I could rate this with innumerable stars an infinite number of times. YES ! ! !
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Editor, thank you for all you have done over the years and for great quotes such as this !
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Love that Declaration of Independence ! " God's understanding is Infinite ". The stars in the heavens, perform a Perfect job, at Natural Law, conveying to the natural agent, his/their intended purpose. Through every fiber of our existence ! 22 liberties and counting.
     -- Ronw13, USA     
    Mike, thank YOU for your contributions to this site over the years. I hope to one day compile a few pages of 'the best of' comments posted over the years - yours would certainly be among the top. Thanks not just for your words, but your actions as the 'noble sovereign' that you are. Cheers!
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     -- jim k, Austin      
    Spot on. The enlightenment period produced the best scholars.
     -- Don Lee, Reno     
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