"Human beings will generally exercise power when they can get it,
and they will exercise it most undoubtedly in popular governments
under pretense of public safety."
Daniel Webster
(1782-1852) US Senator
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wow, did we ever get a giant dose of this quote's realization.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Well, they shoved it down our throats and will be busy for the next 8 months telling us how good it is for us. The scum in the Congress have to go in November.
     -- jim k, Austin     
    That power hungry communist seems to have gotten his way. Time for a major 10th amendment movement to take over. Two states have already begun legislation to sue Washington and 35 more are in the process.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    The socialists know once they get a program passed that it will be there forever whether if fails or not.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    A foot in the door, or should I say a leg and a hand as well.
     -- Anon     
    The Federal Reserve Act, the Patriot Act, and this health care takeover are all prime examples of how bad legislation, brought about through fear and intimidation, never go away. Americans have been duped again, and have indentured themselves further into a state of serfdom. Has America become a mob of socialists now? Is there any way to make Congress and the President obey the Constitution? What checks and balances are left? We have become debtors to slave-nations like China -- we are now inches away from being owned by China out-right. How does adding another 10 trillion dollars to our currently unpayable debt going to make us more secure, safer, and healthier? It doesn't, and if Americans don't wake the f$^% up soon, we will find ourselves fat, dumb, and powerless and standing before a board to determine our fate.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
     -- Logan, Memphis, TN      
    As far as spending our money, which would you prefer to support: Imperialism and constant wars, or socialist supports which is actually a give back our tax money? Specifically I speak of health care, but this bill does not take out of your pocket but does put controls on the insurance industry so that subscribers are not thrown into the river when they get sick. Perhaps the insurance companies stocks will suffer a bit, or maybe they could wean the CEO's off from their gold drip they have gotten accustomed to over the years.
     -- Judith, New Mexico     
    In case you didn't notice, Judith, insurance company stocks were up today. You've been duped. I suppose it's all right with you, though, as long as you are just an accomplice to theft after the fact and get your crumbs from the table of lobbyists, bankers, and insurance executives. Maybe someone could wean you off of government goodies someday. Just remember, all of government's goodies are stolen goodies. Speaking of constant wars, have any ended lately?
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
    Judith, you offer an unconstitutional slave's dichotomy - both choices being immoral, unlawful and wrong in more ways than this blog offers a platform to explain. Even your explanations and examples are blatantly false at their core. Briefly, theft of the noble laborer's fruit needs increase (that's why the provision for 1600 or so new IRS Agents). One very simple example: If some one mugged you at your place of employment one day and took your money; and, you found that person on the very next April 15. Having opportunity you say you want your money back (its really not your money - its US debt notes that you were unlawfully forced to accept). The robber would then have to say, "I don't have your money but, if you wait a minute, I can go mug that person across the street and rob from them and give you back some of what I took from you originally. If you say yes, your simply complicit in an on going crime spree. A second and here final example: In a representative republic (as is guaranteed at Article IV Section 4 U.S. Constitution) elected officials represent sovereign individuals united. By definition, a representative can only represent his sovereign's personal authority, right, interests, and lawful power. The representative is not the sovereign's master, with dictatorial powers capable of compelling his master's compliance. "In free governments the rulers are the servants and the people their superiors and sovereigns." (Benjamin Franklin) When a government claims to have inherent right to compel its inferiors, it is no longer of, by, or for the sovereign people but rather a foreign tyrannical dictator. In the case of the once free U.S., the statist theocracy that now infests this land is criminally wrong on all accounts.
     -- MIke, Norwalk     
    Well said Mike!
     -- Anon     
    Good argument Mike. Makes sense to me. If we took away Federal power and left most issues up to the states as it was intended to be we would have much more power in influencing the representation of our representative. Is that the actual issue at hand, is the Federal government and created agencies like the IRS and Fed Reserve have crushed the states and the people so we are so drained by debt most cannot provide for their basic means, and have had their money stolen, i.e. slavery. Maybe I am too late for you to respond now as things have moved on with new quotes.
     -- Judith, New Mexico     
    Anyone read Des Griffin books, Descent into Slavery, and Fourth Reich of the Rich, published by obscure published Emissary Publications, available on Amazon. Highly regarded books, which were before their time? Wonder what you thought of them. Believe you might agree with him.
     -- Judith, New Mexico     
    One other link with some astounding information which is kept hush by the press and news medias is the second set of books most of our government levels and retirement programs keep. They own more on the market than the public all put together. Enough to collectively pay off the national debt, and/or end taxes. Check it out at: http://cafr1.com/
     -- Judith, New Mexico     
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