Saturday, October 24, 2009

Consent of the People

Consent of the People

Alexander Hamilton, in Federalist 22 writes : The fabric of American empire ought to rest on the solid basis of THE CONSENT OF THE PEOPLE. The streams of national power ought to flow immediately from that pure, original fountain of all legitimate authority.
That's us. That's we, the people.

In Federalist 23, he writes of the "principal purposes" of a union of the states: "...the common defence of the members; the preservation of the public peace, as well against internal convulsion as external attacks; the regulation of commerce with other nations and between the States; the superintendence of our intercourse, political and commercial, with foreign countries. "

Those are the principal purposes of our United States government. Not taking over private corporations like banks and auto companies and insurance companies. Or, the entire health care system. Not determining and confiscating the pay of private individuals. Those, my friends are the principal purposes of Socialist regimes.

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