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Subject: Re: Bill Mann's Job Loss Article Date: 9/1/2003 11:13 PM
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Menmycats,

"Don't sit say it's not government's responsibility. If not our constitutional government, what else have we?"

Um, it's called individual responsibility. It's being adult enough to be responsible for your actions. The only reason we have had slave labor, civil rights repressed, bank runs, etc. is because it has been the government which has sponsored or endorsed those actions.

Slavery would not have endured but for the imprimatur of the government. Civil rights would not have been denied had not the government been denying them. There would not have been bank runs had not the government instituted policies which created the dicey positions banks have found themselves in over the years.

Just about any problem you can name has as its root cause government activity. If the government did not actually cause it, it almost certainly exacerbated it.

And while it's often said the Constitution is a "living, breathing document," one able to change with the times, there's no real need for it to change. the bedrock principles upon which it was founded can easily (or should easily) be applied to today's issues. No, the Founding Fathers did not have an Internet, but property rights are a universal concept that should have been applied to it. But the lawyers--and they comprise the vast majority of Congress-would not be able to make money if they kept it simple. Which is what it boils down to: the base motive of greed.

So, I will sit and say it is not the government's responsibility, constitutional or otherwise, to involve itself in the private of affairs of the people.

Rich

...climbing down off of soapbox...
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