Is American experiment coming to end?

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July 4th weekend sparked a lot of nostalgia about our nation's great heritage. I have always believed that our Founding Fathers were given divine inspiration to create a nation unlike any in history, where government was from the bottom up, not from the top down.

Individual people had freedom and responsibility far beyond those in any other country, ever.

The result was that the United States became the greatest nation ever to exist, and the largest economic powerhouse. People from all over Earth have been risking their lives to come here, legally or illegally.

But, quite suddenly, all of this is turning upside down. Our current federal government is putting in place policies that our Founding Fathers were trying to get away from. They are putting the federal government in charge of detailed aspects of our lives from birth through death. Fifteen or so "czars" have been appointed and given great authority without any basis in law or the Constitution.

The huge accumulation of debt will shackle the growth opportunities of our great-grandchildren. If the energy bill that was recently passed by the House becomes law, it would push us headlong toward becoming a Third World country. A massive effort is under way to put government in charge of our health care, which is already the best in the world.

Do we have enough voters who know what that Great American Experiment was who might restore it?

Mal McKibben

North Augusta, S.C.

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Ode
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Ode 07/12/09 - 03:04 am
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Unfortunately I think you

Unfortunately I think you underestimate the ignorance, indifference, naivity and gullibility of large segments of the general American public.

justus4
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justus4 07/12/09 - 05:26 am
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Founding Fathers, Founding
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Founding Fathers, Founding Fathers, Ha! Lets identify that bunch first: They wrote "All Men Are Created Equal" but had individual humans who they could kill, rape, or otherwise torture without regard to any standing laws. The "founding fathers" use the free labor to build a country, but intended to send slaves back to Africa after working them to half death. It didn't work. The history writers are silent on the atrocities done by the likes of Jefferson, Adams, Washington, because their images must remain pure. However, much like slavery, the Truth eventually wins out and the human spirit prevails. NO! The American experience is not coming to an end, but it is coming to an end for a particular group.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 07/12/09 - 06:23 am
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Justus, if the history

Justus, if the history writers are silent then how do you KNOW these alleged atrocities happened? Are you that old that you remember them as if they happened yesterday? I am not saying that slavery wasn't real, but it WAS Blacks in Africa that sold their own neighbors into slavery so shouldn't the blame being there?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/12/09 - 07:55 am
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Suddenly? As we decided that

Suddenly? As we decided that people who won't make an effort to support themselves are no different from people who are unable to support themselves, we laid the foundation for the destruction of our country. As we forced children to attend government schools and learn the government agenda, we built upon this foundation. The temple of "cradle to grave" government nannyism (that is the carrot of the Marxist stick) is being dangled before us now. More than half of the nation is already seduced and the rest can only try to recover a sense of self worth. Trading freedom for a feeling of perceived security seems too easy to avoid. Are we leaning too far to the left to save our nation?

Boston93
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Boston93 07/12/09 - 08:10 am
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They misspelled Czars. Has a

They misspelled Czars. Has a z in it. Should be Cars.

NANF
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NANF 07/12/09 - 08:12 am
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Read David Bartens book about

Read David Bartens book about the history American Founding Fathers and how they were connected to the Bible with everything they did.

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truthteller 07/12/09 - 08:17 am
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I believe the writer of this

I believe the writer of this LTE spent many years living off the federal government at SRS. Practice what you preach.

grouse
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grouse 07/12/09 - 10:36 am
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This letter is about eight
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This letter is about eight years too late. Bush and Cheney abused the Constitution in ways the Founding Fathers never intended...every day brings a new revelation about their abuse of power.

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chattie888 07/12/09 - 10:46 am
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doesn't america really belong

doesn't america really belong to the indians,the first people,and didn't the white man terrorize these indians and kill most of them to take this land from them.it was nothing for them to ride into a village and kill children,women,old folks and destroy everything there.haven't the indians been fighting terrorism since 1492 and they are the original home land security in this great country.in this mornings paper it says we are still torturing people and we can't make our mind up if anything should be done about it or just sweep it under the rug once again.let the past stay in the past is the message from mr.obama

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/12/09 - 11:03 am
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Yes, grouse, all evil was

Yes, grouse, all evil was created by Bush. Dems voters sure is smart.

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inkpup 07/12/09 - 12:31 pm
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Insightful comment

Insightful comment patriciathomas

inkpup
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inkpup 07/12/09 - 12:32 pm
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Your 7:55 I mean.

Your 7:55 I mean.

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Niko Mahs 07/12/09 - 12:59 pm
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Correct TruthTeller. The SRS

Correct TruthTeller. The SRS has been the biggest government subsidy for the CSRA for a long long time. It's getting less and less now; but it's still the biggest governmental teat in the area.

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humbleopinion 07/12/09 - 02:36 pm
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I'll make one correction to

I'll make one correction to the author. Obama has now appointed 33 Czars to work with no oversight or accountability to anyone except Obama. Now for Justus4, the blacks in America have been "free" for over 140 years now. They were doing pretty well up until the liberals started getting involved in getting them BACK into slavery. The only difference is they call it WELFARE today. Throw a little food, give a little housing, and support all their babies and all they have to do is vote Democrat every four years. Sad indeed.

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jack 07/12/09 - 04:09 pm
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OT, you will NEVER see

OT, you will NEVER see Justass4 mention the FACT that African tribes sold other Africans into slavery (and still do). I had a couple of my US history class (both black) walk out of my class when I taught the FACTS about slavery.

jack
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jack 07/12/09 - 04:13 pm
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This letter is about eight

This letter is about eight years too late. Bush and Cheney abused the Constitution in ways the Founding Fathers never intended...every day brings a new revelation about their abuse of power.
Posted by grouse on Sun Jul 12, 2009 10:36 AM....I have aske dyo before but no answer, so will ask again. Specifically which "crimes and misdemeanors" as specified in the Constitution did Bush and Cheney violate? Why weren't they impeached (DIM Congress had the power). FACTS please, not your usual biased drivel.

jack
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jack 07/12/09 - 04:14 pm
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Correct TruthTeller. The SRS

Correct TruthTeller. The SRS has been the biggest government subsidy for the CSRA for a long long time. It's getting less and less now; but it's still the biggest governmental teat in the area.
Posted by Niko Mahs on Sun Jul 12, 2009 12:59 PM....well, why don't you volunteer to let them dump the nuclear waste they process in YOUR back yard?

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overburdened_taxpayer 07/12/09 - 05:41 pm
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At least the biggest teat

At least the biggest teat EMPLOYS instead of hand out for NOTHING.

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Chuchi 07/12/09 - 08:59 pm
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It is interesting that the

It is interesting that the Obama administration chose the title "czars." The term comes from the Latin word "Caesar," first applied to Julius, and it quickly came to mean "ruler" or "emperor." Subsequent Roman emperor/rulers attached the title to their names. In German it is "Kaiser" (e.g. Kaiser Wilhelm) and in Russian it is either "tsar" or "czar." (e.g. Tsar Nicolas) So really, the title "Car Czar," for example, translates to "Car Ruler." Appropriate nomenclature, no? I never thought we'd have any use for rulers, only leaders duly elected by the people. I don't recall having voted for any czars.

grouse
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grouse 07/12/09 - 10:09 pm
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Here Jack: from a simple
Unpublished

Here Jack: from a simple Google search, the first site I came to. You won't accept anything cited anyway, so I'm not going to spend much time trying to educate you.

grouse
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grouse 07/12/09 - 10:09 pm
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the
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the link"http://www.netrootsmass.net/hughs-bush-scandals-list/

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mad_max 07/12/09 - 11:38 pm
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Whine justus4 whine. Just

Whine justus4 whine. Just keep focusing on all that hate you have inside. It's a good excuse. Hey, at the time our founding fathers were doing their thing, slaves were considered property all over the world. Your "rights" would not have been addressed by any document in any country on this earth, particularly on the continent your ancestor came from. So your inference that our founding fathers were somehow "bad guys" doesn't even make sense when viewed in the context of the times. Even so, though it took us a while, we eventually got that point worked out while your cousins are still hacking each other to death with machetes. You may take issue with how well it's been implemented since then, but personally, I think if Dr. Martin Luther King could see how a "particular group" have failed to take advantage of his good work he would be rolling over in his grave.

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