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Abraham Lincoln Quote

The candid citizen must confess that if the policy of the government, upon vital questions, affecting the whole people, is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court, the instant they are made, in ordinary litigation between parties, in person actions, the people will have ceased to be their own rulers, having, to that extent, practically resigned their government into the hands of the eminent tribunal.

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When government divides us
In the Declaration of Independence it states that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” This simple statement lays several profound and fundamental principles of truth. First, all men are created equal. Second, we have certain rights given to us by our creator that cannot be violated by anyone on this planet. Among these rights are life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Third, the sole purpose of government is to secure these rights. Fourth, government derives just powers, not all its powers, from the consent of the governed.

If we are all created equal and government powers come from the people, then wouldn’t it be natural to assume that government should look at all people equally and not make special provisions for someone who is short, fat, different color, slower than others, etc.? Government’s role is not to give certain people special advantages, for this would infringe on other individual’s rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. If government pursues this role, it is nothing but tyranny. For tyranny is taking from one using force and giving it to another based on no truthful principle other than “I want to do it. I can do it. So I will do it.” That is tyranny. What we have today in America is a tyrannical federal government.

Government today is being used to protect special groups from competition, leaving the rest of us to fend for themselves. It is being used to provide special benefits to select classes of people based on arbitrary distinctions such as career choice, race, age, gender, intelligence, union membership, management membership, CEO, lowly worker, etc. You name it and there is probably some government program that has been designed to protect you from competition or to benefit you in some way. If you are not part of one of these special classes, especially one for which the list of special benefits is quite long, then sadly, you are being forced to pay for these special benefits and getting very little for your efforts and your hard work. Why do people continue to elect representatives who continue to divide America into different groups for the sole purpose of making them slaves to the federal government and easily controllable? Why else would the federal government do this? They do this because those in power, with a different vision of the world that does not include individual freedom, want to control and manipulate you. They do not really have your best interests in mind, because if they did, they would not create a huge bureaucracy with nice pay and generous benefits to administer these programs. They would instead just give you the money to do as you please. Instead they create a huge structure of bureaucrats with which to control you.

One of the most frustrating things here in Hawaii is incestuous relationship between the state and local governments and unions. Unions here are the best paid workers on the island. The government will primarily only do business with the unions. This relationship, in essence, protects the unions from any competition, because if you want to do business here in Hawaii, you need to do business with the State or local governments. This kind of wall only hurts those people who do not belong to unions, because where do you think the artificially high salaries and benefits of union members come from. They come from the pockets of those who do not belong to unions. There is only a finite piece of the pie here in Hawaii. If one group of people takes more, then the other groups have to take less. I don’t have a problem with Union workers negotiating for a high salary and great benefits. If they can get it, then I say go for it. I do, however, have a problem with the governments restricting their business to union shops or creating laws which protect unions from competition. It is hypocritical to complain about the gasoline price here in Hawaii, while at the same time protecting unions from competition from non-union shops. Both are anti-consumer. One is very minor in the big scheme of things, because let’s be honest, you might pay twice as much for gasoline than you did a few years ago, but your gasoline expense is minor compared to the money that you must fork over to indirectly pay for the high salaries that protected union employees make. If you don’t belong to a union here, then you should really start thinking about voting for someone different. I would conjecture that most people in Hawaii don’t belong to unions, but yet they continue to vote for politicians who seem to be in bed with unions on a regular basis. This is unfair to consumers. It is un-American at its core. It violates the idea that government should look at all people equally and only pass laws that benefit the general welfare of the people, not specific groups. Division and diversity do not create unity. By allowing the government to divide us based on race will only create more division and problems in the future. For when the government is using force to benefit a minority of people, the majority will eventually become enraged and demand that things change. I think one can see that already happening in America, because Congress’s approval rating is currently in the teens.
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