“Very few people are aware that Thomas Jefferson considered freedom from monopolies to be one of the fundamental human rights. But it was very much a part of his thinking during the time when the Bill of Rights was born.
The first form of government, the Articles of Confederation, was written in 1777 and endorsed by the states in 1781. It was subsequently replaced by our current Constitution, as has been documented in many books. One of its most conspicuous features was the lack of vast wealth or any sort of corporation that resembled the East India Company—until the early 1800s.
The First Glimpses of a Powerful American Company
In fact, most of the Founders never imagined a huge commercial empire sweeping over their land, reminiscent of George R. T. Hewes’s “ships of an enormous burthen” with “immense quantities” of goods. Rather, most of them saw an America made up of people like themselves: farmers.”
…each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”
— John Adams (via anticapitalist)
talk about the Constitution but they don’t want to live by it.”
Who is the government to tell us what to do in the bedrooms or basements of our homes?”
~ Judge Andrew Napolitano, Anchor, Freedom Watch, FOXBusiness Network
…in the recent vote for Senate Bill 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 this week, only these 7 Senators thought to defend our rights and vote NAY:
Here they are:
Nay OK Coburn, Thomas [R]
Nay IA Harkin, Thomas [D]
Nay UT Lee, Mike [R]
Nay OR Merkley, Jeff [D]
Nay KY Paul, Rand [R]
Nay VT Sanders, Bernard [I]
Nay OR Wyden, Ron [D]
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REP. MICHELE BACHMANN: I stand for the proposition that marriage is between a man and a woman. I think that Minnesota, for instance, this year, just about a month ago or so, passed at the legislative level the constitutional amendment to allow the people to decide what the definition of marriage will be. So that ballot question will be on the ballot in 2012. The people of New York came to a different conclusion. I think what we know is that, ultimately, you have all the various laws in the various states. There will be a conflict. If someone from Pennsylvania—or from New York, for instance, moves to a state where marriage is between a man and a woman, will these marriages be recognized? Ultimately, it will go to the courts. As president of the United States, I will only nominate judges who are not activist judges, who are not legislating from the bench. And so, I think that’s why it’s going to be very important to have this debate.
BOB SCHIEFFER: Would that be a litmus test for you, someone who was for same-sex marriage?
REP. MICHELE BACHMANN: I want people who are for the Constitution. That’s my litmus test.
when he decided he had the legal authority to continue the US War in Libya without Congressional Authorization.
The NY Times reported that the President has the legal authority to override such legal conclusions, but it is extraordinarily rare for it to happen. Harry Reid said he supported the President’s view.
“The “War Powers Act” has no application to what’s going on in Libya. NONE! I don’t believe so, you know, we did an authorization for Afghanistan, we did one for Iraq, but we have no troops on the ground there, and this thing is gonna be over before you know it anyway, so I think it’s not necessary.” ~ Harry Reid (D-NV) Sen Majority Leader