A Government “For” the People ?

What a sad day when the Supreme Court loses sight of what the Constitution’s purpose is: to protect the rights of individuals, and not to take them away. Historically, we’ve come to expect this from Congress and the President, but not the Supreme Court.

In our Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote:

“All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.—that to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed..”

With those words, he defined the character of our new nation. He then cited several “injuries and usurpations by King George against the colonies which justified our secession from England, including “taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Government….”

Today, not only does the federal government NOT secure our rights but it is doing the very same thing King George was guilty of…“altering fundamentally our form of government.All three branches are guilty.

Jefferson never trusted the Supreme Court. He saw it as part of the problem.  For one, it was itself a branch of the federal government and thus not an impartial arbiter.

He warned: “If the federal government has the exclusive right to judge the extent of its own powers, it will continue to grow regardless of elections, the separation of powers, and other limits on government power.”

But it’s been the people who’ve allowed the power grab to continue because they like the freebies. They like being taken care of.  A people who would trade freedom for comfort are a people who are in need of a master and deserve one.

I hope you’ll think twice about voting to re-elect King George in November.

Diane Rufino, Greenville

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