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Legislators Are Digging Their Own Grave, Taking Us Down with Them
PJMedia.com ^ | 4/4/2014 | Janine Turner

Posted on 05/05/2014 7:31:38 AM PDT by rktman

The number one threat to our republic is not the debt, is not the entitlements, is not invasion from another country. The number one threat to our country is lust. It is not a sexual lust. It is a lust for power. Since time began, the lust for power and its ruthlessness has ruined liberty, derailed democracy, wrecked republicanism, crippled nations and killed millions. The paths have been many but the goal singular — lust, lust for power.

Our founders knew firsthand how the lust for power corrupted human rights. They knew that, to quote James Madison, “men are not angels.” Thus, they created a government of checks and balances that would keep tyranny at bay. According to the Constitution, one branch of government can never usurp the other and no one branch can be autonomous.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cowards; politicians
Just one word. Janine. :>}
1 posted on 05/05/2014 7:31:38 AM PDT by rktman
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To: rktman
Legislators Are Digging Their Own Grave, Taking Us Down with Them

NO THEY'RE NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In fact,
IT'S THE ONLY SHOVEL-READY JOB I'VE ENTHUSIASTICALLY JOINED THE LAST 6 YEARS!

2 posted on 05/05/2014 7:38:18 AM PDT by publius911 ( At least Nixon had the good g race to resign!)
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To: rktman

WHO are those that “lust” for power and how do they consolidate that power? IDENTIFY them.

Socialists/totalitarians.

The Socialists Wish to Play God
The Socialists Despise Mankind
Socialists Ignore Reason and Facts
Socialists Want to Regiment People
Socialists Want Forced Conformity
Socialists Want Equality of Wealth
The Socialists Want Dictatorship
The Vicious Circle of Socialism
The Socialists Concept of Liberty
The Socialists Reject Free Choice

http://bastiat.org/en/the_law.html

but wait, there’s more…

Socialism Is Legal Plunder

http://www.usdebtclock.org

DEPOPULATE socialists from the body politic. DISMANTLE their collectives/agencies.

live - free - republic


3 posted on 05/05/2014 7:59:15 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: rktman
Janine is correct, and she is teaching youth about the principles underlying our Constitution through her own organization.

Perhaps the following essay from "Our Ageless Constitution" may expand on her topic for readers of this post.

Separation of Powers

- the genius of America's Constitution

America's Founders had just declared themselves free of a tyrannical government. They were determined that such tyranny would never be repeated in this land. Their new charter of government - the Constitution - carefully defined the powers delegated to government. The Founders were determined to bind down the administrators of the federal government with Constitutional chains so that abuse of power in any of its branches would be prevented. The revolutionary idea of separation of powers, although unpopular at first, became a means by which this was to be accomplished.

John Adams, in a letter to Dr. Benjamin Rush, stated: "I call you to witness that I was the first member of Congress who ventured to come out in public, as I did in January 1776, in my 'Thoughts on Government,' ...in favor of a government with three branches, and an independent judiciary...."

By the time the Constitution was adopted, the idea was supported by all of the members of the Convention. James Madison, the father of the Constitution, devoted five Federalist Papers (47-51) to an explanation of how the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches were to be wholly independent of each other, yet bound together through an intricate system of checks and balances. Madison believed that keeping the three branches separated was fundamental to the preservation of liberty. He wrote:

"The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many... may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny."

George Washington, in his Farewell Address, reminded Americans of the need to preserve the Founders' system. He spoke of the "love of power and proneness to abuse it which predominates in the human heart" and warned of the "necessity of reciprocal checks of political power, by dividing and distributing it into different depositories and constituting each the guardian ... against invasions by the others." Of such checks and balances through the separation of powers be concluded, "To preserve them must be as necessary as to institute them."


Footnote: Our Ageless Constitution, W. David Stedman & La Vaughn G. Lewis, Editors (Asheboro, NC, W. David Stedman Associates, 1987) Part III:  ISBN 0-937047-01-5

4 posted on 05/05/2014 8:12:17 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: rktman

They may be the asses, but we’re the toilet paper. They may stink and stink bad. We’re the ones who get flushed.


5 posted on 05/05/2014 8:43:57 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: loveliberty2

The “independent judiciary” was our downfall. The Founders assumed that there would be a general understanding and consensus of what their “good behavior” would be. Instead, we haven’t impeached a fraction of federal judges that should’ve been tarred and feathered, and ridden out of town on a rail.


6 posted on 05/05/2014 8:52:19 AM PDT by afsnco
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