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We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
That is our government's mission statement.

On this fourth of July I would like to state the following for the record...

Regardless of the fact that we have a Supreme Court that operates purely along partisan political lines, and...

Regardless of the fact that we operate in a system where the prison industrial complex demands bigger profits and high growth, and...

Regardless of the fact Supreme Court precedent combined Congressional Legislation signed into law by the Executive branch has made widespread domestic surveillance completely legal, and...

Regardless of the fact that social safety nets are constantly and consistently cut year after year...

We are perfectly capable as a nation to establish justice without putting people in prison with ridiculous mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent crimes, and...

We are perfectly capable as a nation to insure domestic tranquility by insuring violent criminals spend far more time in prison than somebody who sold a bag of cannabis, and...

We are perfectly capable of providing for the common defense without massive databases of every action by every citizen, and...

We can promote the general welfare without breaking the bank, and...

We are capable of doing all of this while still securing the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.

We can and must progress.

Originally posted to Walt starr on Thu Jul 04, 2013 at 09:42 PM PDT.

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