Thomas Jefferson on spreading the wealth

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  1. Bro. Curtis

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    “To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.” — Thomas Jefferson, letter to Joseph Milligan, April 6, 1816


    “A wise and frugal government… shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.” — Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801


    “Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated.” — Thomas Jefferson
     
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  2. Bible-boy

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    Amen!:applause: I wish our liberal minded friends here on the BB could grasp the concept.:wavey:
     
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    I wish out conservative friends would learn that the constitution is not a static document. It can and does get changed. This is a democracy which means what ever the majority decides is our new direction. If the constitution doesn't say it today, we can amend it so it will be clear going forward. So what's the point?
     
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    There is nothing in the constitution that gives permission for communism.
     
  5. Andy T.

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    So if the majority decided that we should bring back slavery, then that is ok with you? It has to be ok with you, because simple majority rules, right?

    Let me give you a quick history and civics lesson, which you are in so desperate need of. The Constitution (more specifically the Bill of Rights) was enacted, in part, to keep the majority from tyrannizing the minority. We are not a simple Democracy. We are a Constitutional Republic. We are generally governed by the Rule of Law (or at least should be), not by despots or even the majority, because either of those can tyrannize. The Judicial Branch serves as the key component in keeping these competing tendencies in check, or at least that was its original design. But then again, you think the Constitution is a "living" document, which frees you from these archaic principles and emboldens you to create whatever laws you think the majority wants. Be careful what you wish for.
     
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  6. Dragoon68

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    We established a republic for good reason - not a democracy regulated purely by the popular majority of the day. The "majority" can, in fact, be headed in the wrong direction and some protection against that was built into our system. Otherwise, the "majority" will vote themselves ever increasing benefits at the expense of the "minority" and, ultimately, themselves. They're just too foolish to discern on the front end.

    There is a defined process for changing the Constitution which we are free to pursue but it is not by the acts of the Congress, the President, or the Courts alone - it requires admendment of the "static" Constitution which means ratification by the States.

    I wish liberals had a better understanding of these two facts and why they are critical to our continued liberty.

    Pray that Obama is not chosen to be President because I think he's among the foolish who've lost sight of our original purpose for and limitations of the federal government.
     
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  7. dragonfly

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    Great quotes and great posting!
     

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