"Republicans don't know how to defend morally an individual's right to achieve wealth and to keep it, and that is why they fail. ... It's part and parcel with their ambivalence over the individualist heritage of the nation. ... One of the things that people have to understand is that the American Revolution was truly an epic revolution in the way individuals were perceived in relation to the rest of the society.  Throughout history individuals had always been cogs in some machine; they'd always been something to be sacrificed for the king, the tribe, the gang, the chieftain, the society around them, the race, whatever, and the real revolution, in America especially, was a moral revolution.  It was a moral revolution in that ... suddenly, with the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, the individual, his life, his well-being, his property, his happiness became central to our values, and thatis what really made America unique.  People came here from all over the world to try to escape the kind of oppression they had and experienced in the past. They came here for freedom; they came here for self-expression and self-realization, and America offered them that kind of a place."
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The Amerika that now exists has lost most of its nobility, freedom, liberty and government of law.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    And now they come for food stamps.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Freedom became Freebies.
     -- Tim, Cadillac MI     
    I think we've past that tipping point that judge Bork talked about in his book Slouching Towards Gamora.
     -- Mike, Des Moines     
    Obama is bent on dragging us in to the dark ages of socialism with lot's of helpers in Washington.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    While the Democrats generally promote anti-law / unconstitutional communism, Republicans don't know how to defend morally an individual's right to achieve wealth and to keep it, because their promotion of anti-law / unconstitutional fascism is antithetical thereto
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
     -- Mary - MI      
    If we had the population mix in 1776 and a large percentage
    were welfare from the King of England, I doubt there would
    have been a revolution.
     -- Brooks, Hartwell, Ga.     
    The Republicans don't know how to defend free enterprise and private property because they are but socialists on the other end of the spectrum.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Unless America wakes up, wises up and restores our heritage during the next two elections our former wonderful republic will be a fast fading memory. It is truly heart breaking to see what is happening to our country!
     -- Jim & Nancy Parry, Liverpool, NY     
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