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December 3, 2013

Liberty in danger

Editor:

In an address to the New York Press Club on Sept. 9, 1912, Woodrow Wilson — who soon would be the 28th president of the United States from 1913 to 1921 — stated, “The history of liberty is the history of resistance. The history of liberty is the concentration of power, we are resisting the powers of death. Concentration of power precedes the destruction of human liberties. (Page 216 The Founders’ Bible Shiloh Roads Publisher, LLC.)

You ask why I quote that here. Because, without having a crystal ball, he was describing today. We are living at a time in our nation when government power is being concentrated to an unprecedented degree and in unprecedented ways. Our liberties are being restricted and taken away. Our free society is being regimented and changed into a controlled society in which the individual counts for nothing and the state is supreme.

You ask what unprecedented ways. To name a few, (1) laws are passed which give power to upwards of 40 so-called czars who are responsible to no one except the president and to executive branch department heads to fill in details in a law which carry the force of the law (2) The United States Senate puts into effect a law (Affordable Care Act) which the Supreme Court declares legal on the grounds that it is a tax. However, according to the United States Constitution, only the House of Representatives is authorized to initiate revenue bills, that is to say tax bills. (3) The Department of Justice, which is tasked by the United States Constitution to enforce the laws passed by Congress and signed by the President, just ignores laws it does not like. Example: Defense of Marriage Act. (4) The President just simply ignores duly passed laws (Affordable Care Act) by granting over 2,500 waivers so that specific provisions of duly passed law are postponed or made inapplicable for favored groups of the population. (5) The President simply postpones provisions of a law (Affordable Care Act) for everyone until a later date. Executive Orders on a particular matter apply only in the absence of a law on that particular matter. The President cannot constitutionally change laws once signed.

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