"The less government we have the better --
the fewer laws and the less confided power.
The antidote to this abuse of formal government
is the influence of private character,
the growth of the individual."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
(1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, and poet
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Emerson was very wise. I agree.
 -- Ben, Orem, UT     
    The sound of a true libertarian.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    True. But for most the growth of the individual’s character is easier accomplished in the absence of government. Government breeds ignorance and apathy.
     -- Justin, Elkland     
    We hold this truth to be self evident. History has proved the principle over and over and over again.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Whether we have a Republican or Democrat In power we always get more government. It grew under the Bushes but you ain't seen nothing yet with Nancy and the gang running things.
     -- jim k, Austin     
     -- A.WOODS, Gloucester      
    Agreed. And rather than attacking government and big government we should start attacking the dysfunctional and yes lawless people that are its root cause. More IRS, FBI, ATF, Border Patrol etcetera, etc, etc, are needed because the population, corporations, banks, Wall Street are so godawful lawless. When are we going to get this straight or at least the cart before the horse. Are problems are not the governments fault as many wish to attest and point blame. Turn your pointing finger back at yourselves and you and we will be on the road to politcal nirvana. Ask yourself are you any better than the oil moguls who accept blame for nothing.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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