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Do you know why the colonists decided to leave Britain’s rule by declaring the Declaration of Independence?    King George III was imposing taxes on the colonists (who were still considered subjects of the crown) at his whim and without consent of the colonists, without representation. He imposed tyranny, taking away individual liberty.  He gave the military power over the citizens, instead of the giving civilians power over their military.  He restricted trade of the colonists with overseas powers. 

Do you know what the US Constitution is and what it represents?   It is a set of principles that sets forth the structure of the government, and the powers specifically given to the states, the federal government and to individual citizens.  It is meant to safeguard our freedoms from the tyranny of government. 

Do you know what the Bill of Rights is and why it was written and do you agree with its principles?   The Bill of Rights is comprised of the first ten amendments to the Constitution and specifically outlines the rights of individual citizens – freedom of speech, freedom of religion, right to bear arms, right against unreasonable search and seizure without probable cause, due process for criminal procedures, speedy trial by jury of his/her peers, no cruel or unusual punishment, limiting of powers given to federal and state governments, to preserve as much individual liberty as possible. 

Do you believe that the above documents are timeless or should they be changed to reflect modern times?  The principles upon which the Constitution and Bill of Rights are based were drawn up to be timeless, taking into account time-tested rules of human interaction and behavior.  Since human nature does not change over time, being hard-wired into us, the documents are indeed timeless.   

Do you believe in American exceptionalism, or is America just one nation in a big world?  What makes America exceptional is not the ethnic background of our citizens, or the topography or natural resources of our land, but the Constitutional principles by which we agree to live, which by virtue of their according so well with human nature, naturally work to provide the best atmosphere for the flourishing of all citizens. Ask yourself, why are so many trying to get into this country?

 Do you believe the government should provide for its citizens? If so, what? Does the government owe you a place to live, something to eat, medical care for life, without any effort on your part?  Since the government derives its funding solely from the work and effort of the American people, then if you believe the government owes you a living, you must believe that your fellow citizens are required to carry you on their backs, simply because you exist.  Do you really believe being cared for by your neighbors, from cradle to grave, is your birthright?  Do you not have any responsibility, as an adult, to provide for yourself? 

Do you believe that it is government's role only to provide the opportunity for individuals to prosper? Can the government, funded by your fellow citizens, ensure that you have everything you need and want in life?  Can they insure you are always happy, always have all the material goods you want, always have satisfying relationships? Does the government have the right or the ability to do so?  No it hasn't. 

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randy | Reply 31.12.2012 02.44

I should have said: "The Constitution and Bill of Rights should be considered timeless due to lessons from history." People, read your world history.

randy | Reply 21.12.2012 09.58

People who do not think our Constitution or Bill of Rights are timeless, NEVER read world history. Idiots.

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I am writing a book and would like to include Mr. Schoonover's letter in it but need permission, which I hope you/he will grant. Thank you very much.

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