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  •  The rich are as grave a threat to a republic.... (13+ / 0-)

    From studying how ancient Republics such as Rome were destroyed from within, Founders like James Madison knew that the rich are as grave a threat to a republic as a standing army. The rich always seek political power, to use to further enhance their economic position and wealth. As Madison wrote in "Vices of the Political System of the United States," the notes he made in preparing for the Constitutional Convention:

    According to fact and experience a minority may in an appeal to force, be an overmatch for the majority. 1. If the minority happen to include all such as possess the skill and habits of military life, & such as possess the great pecuniary resources, one third only may conquer the remaining two thirds. (Emphasis mine)
    The structure of government was framed so that various interests would be forced to compete against each other, and check each other. In The Federalist No. 10, Madison argues that economic inequality will arise because of "different and unequal faculties of acquiring property", but the price of preventing economic inequality  -- ending liberty -- is too high. Madison’s discussion here implies a crucial point that most people, including scholars, pass over. Madison is not arguing that economic inequality is desirable or even acceptable. Rather, he is arguing that it is inevitable, and, moreover, economic inequality is so dangerous and so pernicious, that the entire framework of government is being erected with an eye toward checking and corralling its political effects.  Just look at the first words of the last sentence from this passage:    
    So strong is this propensity of mankind to fall into mutual animosities, that where no substantial occasion presents itself, the most frivolous and fanciful distinctions have been sufficient to kindle their unfriendly passions and excite their most violent conflicts. But the most common and durable source of factions has been the various and unequal distribution of property. Those who hold and those who are without property have ever formed distinct interests in society. Those who are creditors, and those who are debtors, fall under a like discrimination. A landed interest, a manufacturing interest, a mercantile interest, a moneyed interest, with many lesser interests, grow up of necessity in civilized nations, and divide them into different classes, actuated by different sentiments and views. The regulation of these various and interfering interests forms the principal task of modern legislation, and involves the spirit of party and faction in the necessary and ordinary operations of the government.

    A conservative is a scab for the oligarchy.

    by NBBooks on Mon Oct 07, 2013 at 01:28:36 PM PDT

    •  Jefferson knew... (8+ / 0-)

      ...  corporations are bad for our nation, too.

      I hope that we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.
       ~ Thomas Jefferson, 1816
      Let no more be said about the confidence of men, but bind them down from mischief with the chains of the Constitution.
       ~ Thomas Jefferson
      Of course, now the latter quote can't quite be accomplished without a total repeal of AUMF, Patriot Acts, MCA '06, FISA fiasco '08, MCA '09, and the 'office of faith-based initiatives' (the latter is run out of the White House and could be disbanded with a countering executive order since it was created with one of the first executive orders Dumbya signed very early in his first term after SCOTUS installed him.)

      We The People need to have ALL of our rights AND habeas corpus restored to us!!!

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Mon Oct 07, 2013 at 03:30:19 PM PDT

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    •  And yet, we're supposed to believe that our (2+ / 0-)
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      ChemBob, War on Error

      nation was founded by people who believed that government had no proper role outside of enforcing contracts, defending the borders, and enforcing property "rights".

      To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

      by UntimelyRippd on Mon Oct 07, 2013 at 06:59:16 PM PDT

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    •  Brilliant addition. (0+ / 0-)

      Thank you.

      I just finished adding all the interactive maps.

      The pundits have indicated that it would take a


      to win back the House and keep the Senate

      because history has proven, with only a couple of exceptions, that

      The Party not holding the Executive, wins the primary election.

      The Kochs will run crazy, not so crazy, moderate, and even Blue Dogs.

      How can we keep this information in front of people?

      It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

      by War on Error on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 12:22:38 PM PDT

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