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What Constitutes a Legitimate Government?

Unabated Path to Happiness!

"The freedom and happiness of man...[are] the sole objects of all legitimate
government." --Thomas Jefferson, letter to Thaddeus Kosciusko, 1810

 

With the current behaviors of government, would you call them illegitimate or government not abiding by Constitutional law? Excessive taxation (do you feel represented?), manipulation of the press, daily destruction of your rights bestowed by the Creator and voluminous unconstitutional laws would make you think so. All the aforementioned actions deter or remove the ability for man’s attainment of happiness.

The duty we are charged with is to find, promote and elect those that will remove the obstacles in the path to your happiness. That government, when we find them, will truly represent your interest, will not be illegitimate and will use the wisdom of our Founding Fathers who created the Constitution for guidance and your freedom.

--Steve Ramey, American, USMC Vietnam Veteran and freedom lover.

Semper Fidelis et Vigilo!

19 September 2012

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John Cook September 20, 2012 at 10:02 PM
"If the public are bound to yield obedience to laws to which they cannot give their approbation, they are slaves to those who make such laws and enforce them." --Candidus in the Boston Gazette, 1772
John Cook September 20, 2012 at 10:07 PM
"What is to be the consequence, in case Congress shall misconstrue the Constitution and exercise powers not warranted by its true meaning? I answer the same as if they should misconstrue or enlarge any other power vested in them. A remedy must be obtained from the people, who can by the elections of more faithful representatives, annul the acts of the usurpers." --James Madison, drafted the Constitution and author of the Bill of Rights
John Cook September 20, 2012 at 10:09 PM
"If the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted." --Noah Webster
John Cook September 20, 2012 at 10:15 PM
"There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpation." --James Madison, drafted the Constitution and the Bill of Rights
Kristi Reed (Editor) September 21, 2012 at 12:03 AM
Great quotes John - especially the Noah Webster one.
John Lynch September 21, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Very nice.
Shane Reynolds September 21, 2012 at 11:50 PM
I think the Federal Government has gotten vastly bigger than it was ever intended to be; couple that with a lazy electorate, and look what we get. I want measures taken to make our system favorable to multiple parties, and I want an audit done from top to bottom of our Federal Government with a report issued that the common citizen can read and understand.
Tammy Osier September 22, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Mr. Ramey, for years, I got your Founding Father's Quotes in my e-mail. I'm glad to see you incorporate those into a blog.

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