"Men being by nature all free, equal and independent, no one can be put out of his estate and subjected to the political power of another without his own consent which is done by agreeing with other men, to join and unite into a community for their comfortable, safe, and peaceable living in a secure enjoyment of their properties."
John Locke
(1632-1704) English philosopher and political theorist
Second Treatise on Government (Chapter 95) 1698
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An absolutely noble theory and one which we should have had no trouble living by. However when an unelected body can rob you of your funds, when any number of police agencies can kick in your door and incarcerate you without due process and without charges, you find that we are not allowed to enjoy property, we ARE property to be disposed of at will. End the Fed. Honor the Constitution.
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Men by nature are all free, equal and independent, existing with inherent and inalienable rights and equal before the law. In the community of the occupying statist theocracy infesting this land, individual property ownership is not recognized, only titles, patents, and other such expressions of privilege are dealt with. Those that have given up a little freedom for a comfortable, safe, and peaceable living in a secure enjoyment of their properties deserve none and have lost all.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Locke nails it. This is a pillar of common law and the republican form of government founded upon those principles.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
     -- Mike, Pleasant Hill      
    The government that rules the least rules the best.
     -- cal, Lewisville, TX     
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    Damn there's that Private property again. Must be something to it.
    A Level Playing Field !! Huckabee said something about Fair Tax. It is one thing to play the "welfare" box, it is another to play a revolving door on the sovereignty of a Nation Let Alone America's sovereign individuals. You can side step all you want but it will not change the pleading or cause JUSTIFIABLE !
     -- Ronw13, OR     
    Antiquated sentiment good in theory... 
     -- Robert Edwards, somewhere in the USA     
    Antiquated sentiment?  Because it is old?  It is the very foundation of community association in which the rights of the people are respected.  Trust in authoritarianism is the 'pitch' of those that wish to rule the people, for their own good.  It doesn't work, it just centralizes wealth and power  it's true intent.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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