I've been watching politics and economics for over 40 years, and both are full of lies and deceit. The founders of America created the Constitution to make sure that citizens kept a short leash on government policies. We have robbery by the government ("legal" taxes), spying of all citizens (illegal searches) robbery by seizure of funds (done by the IRS and ATF- no habeas corpus) and numerous other illegal actions by the U.S. Government. The Constitution was set up, not to protect government from citizens, but, to protect citizens from government. Why the change?
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A pretty god understanding of the things you "see"
In the U.S. it's a "check and balance" system, so that one group of a political extreme is not capable of amassing all the power in the country.
We seem to have lost that system to an elite group.
Yes to the political extreme .. but the 'Term' policy for Presidents to serve the nation is a good choice as after certain term the President has to step down giving way to the new elected president be it from the Republican or Democrat ..
The founders never viewed government as a "positive tool to make" change.
Government's role was to regulate commerce and protect the citizens.
Though government propaganda would have you believe the founders "loved" centralization of power.
Government as a tool to make change is my view, I wasn't implying it was the view of the founding fathers. Non-profits are another such tool. But my point was that we have the power to steer it.
That's basically what I said earlier. I love living in this country and wouldn't want to live anywhere else. We aren't a perfect country but we are far ahead of anyone else as far as I am concerned. As the old saying goes, "love it or leave it". Greg
The founders wanted a limited government, hence they set up checks and balances.
Now, we have a government that intrudes into all our affairs.
My question is, When did this idea of limited government change into an all intrusive government?
Your question was: Where did the concept, in America, that government is good, come from? It's not bad.
By comparison we do have a limited government. As I noted 9-11 changed America concerning intrusiveness. Some view equality laws as intrusive!
As for the government checking e-mails or hearing conversations; if you aren't doing anything wrong, what do you have o worry about. Greg.
Since the government lies, and has for decades, if not centuries, they should be trusted with my private information?
And I should trust them to use it ethically and fairly?
Could I have some of what your smoking?
Out of the millions of people that are being checked daily, do you really think you are significant enough that they would care about you. If you aren't doing anything wrong, you are nothing but a fly on the wall as far as they are concerned. Greg.
If you trust the government so much that you allow them to spy on your every move, why not give up all your rights?
Let's just get rid of the Bill of Rights, and let the government do what ever it wants.
You good with that?
Old, you are getting way off track.
The only reason to have a bill of rights is to protect you from the government.
But, let's do this - send me your checking account number and pass word. Since you have nothing to hide, send that to me. I won't do anything with it.
The Constitution sets up the basic structure of the U.S. Government.
The Bill of Rights was written for greater constitutional protection for individual liberties from the government.
The governments role was never to "equalize" prosperity.
Thx for the answer.
The real question is how do we stop the bastardization of the Constitution, which was written to stop the type of Fascist (an authoritarian and nationalistic system of government) government we have today? Cheers
I already said it. We have to quit re-electing the idiots, sponges actually. The ones that have been sitting in the House and the Senate for way too long. "Keep doing what you always did and you will always get what you always got". Greg
Thanks for your comment bradmasterOCcal,
I appreciate you taking the time to read the hub and post a comment.
I understand what your saying.
Where do people get the idea that a big , bloated government is good?