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Rights need protection

June 24, 2013

Basic freedoms — the ones cited in the Declaration of Independence and guaranteed by the Constitution and Bill of Rights — were given a lot of thought by our nation’s founders....

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Jun-26-13 5:16 PM

Yukon, size does matter.

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Jun-25-13 5:10 PM

How funny that Republicans*****and moan about small government when "their" party isn't in the majority.The problem with our government isn't its size buts its effectiveness in governing.They stink at it.BOTH parties.They deregulate the wrong industries.They impose useless laws when laws are already on the books.They are organized legal criminals!

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Jun-25-13 12:16 PM

Civics has not been taught in schools for over 30 years. Civics explained what it is to be an American, how to be an American and understand America. A lot of you never learned, a lot of us never forgot. Semper Fidelis is not just a motto or an abstract concept, it's a way of life to be embraced.

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Jun-25-13 6:51 AM

PS. we in this country are more concerned with sports and what celebrity is doing than what is going on right under their nose. Many people just can not be bothered to vote and most voters have no idea what the issues are and who the candidate is or what the candidate stands for there are many people who do vote that will only vote for their party's candidate and in many cases they complained about that candidate but turn right around and re-elect them. Then there are so many people who could run for office on the local level but refuse to. They can not understand that the best way to change the way our state and federal governments work is changing the local governments, change comes from the bottom up not from the top down.

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Jun-25-13 6:40 AM

I get a kick out of people who complain that government is to big. I agree it is, how ever why is it so big and the answer is because so many people keep pushing the governments on all levels to pass a new law that would be named after them or some family member, when in fact we do not need99% of those laws because there are already laws on the books that accomplish what the new law does. Problem many people are just to dumb to obey the law and/or claim is doesn't work. And when the police do try to enforce the laws that is when some people start looking for ways to sue the government. When the people stop this bull crap of meme and to*****with everyone else nothing will change. This country was built to be great because everyone worked together and watched out for their friends and neighbors and in my opinion until this country returns that kind of world we are doomed to fail much more than we already have, and our failure is not the blame of either political party.

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Jun-25-13 4:13 AM

The Constitution and the Bill of Rights were written to limit governments intrusion on our individual rights. Every law passed without direct reference to our given rights from the constitution are an infringement on our freedoms, great and small. In its own words, we were given the freedom to liberty,happiness and personal property but no guarantee, including a persons wages.

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Jun-24-13 6:45 PM

Portnoy, fist I do vote and it is always for the lesser of two evils. The two party system with a prohibitive high cost of running for office stacks the deck. Term limits and a level playing field would allow voting to actually protect our rights.

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Jun-24-13 6:15 PM

I knew a guy who told me he hated pizza. When I asked him where the pizza was from he admitted he never tried it. There was another guy who was dead against Obamacare. I didn't have to ask him if he ever read it because he already admitted that no one read it.

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Jun-24-13 5:59 PM

rschweizer - The loss of liberty has been eroding for 150 years. Each new law means less freedom. The intent of the PATRIOT (as opposed to Patriot) act was to enable spying on non-citizens. It would seem the government has abused its power. Go figure. Best part, it started under Bush and got worse under Obama.

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Jun-24-13 5:57 PM

Hilltopper - How about the basic right of "Prohibiting Discrimination in Wages Based on Gender, Race or National Origin"?

First off, multiple things go on here. I have worked side by side with women in physically demanding jobs; you almost always hear the phrase, "I need help, this is to heavy (or hard)"

Then there is the good ole boys club. And the exist everywhere. If you are not in the club you will not advance, this goes for men as well as women.

As long as the media and politicians continue to label us and treat us as being different and not all as one, then nothing will ever change.

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Jun-24-13 5:25 PM

Scarecrow57, as an example, the taking away our rights to privacy by using the Patriot Act for someting as simple as opening a checking account, which allows for eavesdropping for even local police departments. But this is okay, right?

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Jun-24-13 5:22 PM

Scarecrow: How about the basic right of "Prohibiting Discrimination in Wages Based on Gender, Race or National Origin"? Enactment of this law was voted against by both Amedore and Butler. No need to bring up Joe Manchin of WV when we have our own basic right denyers right here under our noses. Oh yeh, I forgot, you believe everyone is treated equally.

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Jun-24-13 2:24 PM

ToT - as an example, we got a 3,000 page Health Care Obamanation that no one read followed up with a 1,200 page immigration reform bill, that is also unread.

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Jun-24-13 2:02 PM

Unlike todays bills intended to swindle and deceive...

The Declaration of Independence was written on one sheet.

The constitution is printed on 6 pages: pages 1-4 are the base text of the constitution page 5 is the letter of transmittal page 6 contains the Bill of Rights

Everyone involved READ them, agreed with them and understood them BEFORE they signed them. Today they are THOUSANDS of pages of layerism that cannot be deciphered by the best legal shyster lawyer in a year... and by then they would have changed the wording AGAIN! These laws are meant to deceive and for sure hide the true gist of what they really wanted to do!

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Jun-24-13 12:33 PM

"SOME writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher.

Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamities is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer!"

This is what happens when we get a government TOO BIG!!!!

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