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To: reaganaut1

The term “general welfare” is mentioned TWICE in the Constitution, and that only in the Preamble, and Article 1, Section 8, where its meaning is entirely different from the common interpretation today.

The “general welfare” spoken of only provides a CLIMATE of permission to seek the virtues of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”, as called for in the Declaration of Independence. Government-administrated doles do NOT offer this umbrella of protection, in which endless bondage, perpetual misery and early death are the foremost characteristics.

Despots and tyrants are ever the same, offering through guile and intentionally vague promises, a life free of personal decision-making, which is perhaps a burden for some people, but not all. This is the very antithesis of “liberty” or “freedom”, both of which were surrendered at the door. Coming to the table, those who would sit expecting a banquet, are fed only scraps, and those thrown before them in a surly and miserly manner. These victims of broken promises turn away, to die starving and in grief. Thus are they deprived of life, liberty and the pursuit of anything remotely resembling “happiness”.

Mr. Reid, we do not wish to be disrespected in that way. We are well able to make our own decisions on these things, and in the great majority of the time, make those decisions which are of the most benefit to ourselves personally. We extent the penumbra of benefit to those whom we love as ourselves, and while it may or may not impact upon another, hold in abeyance any extension of that coverage to those whom we know not, nor shall we place our trust. Our brother’s keeper we would be, but not by extending undifferentiated charity to unknown and possibly undeserving persons, particularly those who would not acknowledge or reciprocate that charity.

In other words, the right to make private contracts with other individuals or entities, shall be the guiding principle here. Contracts forced upon unwilling participants are not contracts at all, they are instruments of bondage, and an unjust deprivation of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”.


8 posted on 11/21/2009 8:57:06 AM PST by alloysteel (....the Kennedys can be regarded as dysfunctional. Even in death.)
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To: alloysteel
There is a haunting elegance to your post. The following is particularly poignant:

Despots and tyrants are ever the same, offering through guile and intentionally vague promises, a life free of personal decision-making, which is perhaps a burden for some people, but not all. This is the very antithesis of “liberty” or “freedom”, both of which were surrendered at the door. Coming to the table, those who would sit expecting a banquet, are fed only scraps, and those thrown before them in a surly and miserly manner. These victims of broken promises turn away, to die starving and in grief. Thus are they deprived of life, liberty and the pursuit of anything remotely resembling “happiness”.

My message is disappointingly mundane following such eloquence. Obi Wan's description of the LosEisley bar drift into my mind when contemplating the U.S. Congress ...

10 posted on 11/21/2009 9:09:35 AM PST by MHGinTN (Obots, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when they are deceived.)
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To: alloysteel

OUTSTANDING post! Thanks, alloysteel. BTTT!


16 posted on 11/21/2009 6:09:47 PM PST by PGalt
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To: alloysteel

Your third paragraph is PROFOUND!!!


22 posted on 11/21/2009 9:33:20 PM PST by SierraWasp (AARP is guilty of Elder Abuse by endorsing a law that eliminates Medicare Advantaqe plans!!!)
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