"The Legislative has no Right to absolute arbitrary Power over the Lives and Fortunes of the People: Nor can Mortals assume a Prerogative not only too high for Men but for Angels, and therefore reserv’d for the Exercise of the Deity alone."
by:
Samuel Adams
(1722-1803), was known as the "Father of the American Revolution."
Source:
The Votes and Proceedings of the Freeholders and Other Inhabitants of the Town of Boston in Town Meeting Assembled, According to Law. Published by Order of the Town. Nov 20 1772
http://libertytree.ca/docs/The-Boston-Pamphlet
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When lives and fortunes of the individual sovereign unprivileged,(common man), become expendable at the hands of progress and change, despotism and tyranny rule through corrupted individuals among the servants of men. Constructive Fraud (congress) by force (irs) exercise absolute arbitrary power, giving teeth to tyranny resulting in a more formal despotism. "We hold these truths to be self evident"
Absolute Despotism has taken place, nation wide. 
 -- Ronw13, OR     
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    Beautiful!  I like:
    Nor can Mortals assume a Prerogative not only too high for Men but for Angels, and therefore reserv’d for the Exercise of the Deity alone.
    So often Liberty is confused with Power.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- Mike, Norwalk      
     
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