Posts Tagged ‘Constitution’

It’s been one helluva week since the monumental upset of the Donald Trump presidential win occurred.  Our nation saw utter defeat in the faces on the left, and some shock in the faces on the right.  There were devastating riots (cause let’s just be real, those were NOT protests!).  Many of t he people I spoke with voted for an alternative party candidate (which actually surprises me that all the alternative candidates only garnered about 5% together, but that’s for another time!)  The riots, according to one young lady, were held because the people were “really scared and sad.” I feel for them, as I  have been sad and scared for our nation for the past 20 or so years.  So, if you’re like me and disillusioned with the main parties and their candidates, where do we go from here?

Let’s address the “really scared and sad” for a moment.  Protests are one thing.  When done right, they bring about public awareness, they start conversations, they get the ball rolling toward an awakening of the ideas being thrown out.  But, what happened across our nation makes me shake my head.  If we believe these “protests” to be genuine, and there are many questions about that (here and here), we are dealing with a bunch of spoiled brats who respect nothing.  Again, I am all for peaceful protests.  Since when did tearing up neighborhoods, looting and vandalism and destruction of property become standard protesting practices?  You say you are really scared and sad?  What the hell do you think you did to the people in Portland, Oakland, Los Angeles, and the multitude of other places in which you protested or rioted because you didn’t get your way?  And, you’re scared because of what? Just to day I saw a photo of protestors holding up a sign that said, “Rape Meliana” and during the protests, there was “Kill Trump” painted across windows.  SO…exactly whom do we need to fear???

For this behavior, I must just say, in general, we are all to blame.

First and foremost, parents…for wanting a better life than we had for our children, we allowed their lives to be a little easier than ours.  This has gone on for generations.  We don’t make our children earn anything anymore, so they believe they are entitled to whatever they want.  I see it everyday in retail outlets.  The child wants something and the parent allows them to have it.  In the course of shopping, the kid acts up…then the parent threatens, “We’ll just put that back if you can’t behave.”  The child screams and cries and continues to act a fool…yes, I said a fool…and does the child get the item?  About nine times out of ten, yes.  Why?  Because the child pitched a bigger fit when the parent tried to put the item back.  They now know they can pitch an ungodly fit and get what they want.  Heaven forbid you discipline them!  At some point, you lost the ability to teach your child respect for adults.  You could also teach then the value of money and make them “earn” what they want either through doing chores or simply using their own money.

We’ve bowed down to outside pressures, as well.  Back in my day there were clear winners and losers, but today, we don’t want to leave anyone out or hurt anyone’s feelings, so, at least for a while, everyone’s a winner.  We can’t teach our children how to lose gracefully if they don’t lose.  if everyone’s the same and is treated the same, where is the incentive to do better or be better?  That’s from where the drive to do better comes…in your rewards.

As for owning our children’s education, we have foisted it off solely on teachers and daycare workers.  Government funded schools are going to teach what they want taught.  There are tons of examples, but I will site just one.  In high school, my daughter was being taught that our nation was a Constitutional Democracy.  She was taught that the terms “Constitutional Democracy” and “Constitutional Republic” were interchangeable and Republic was never brought up again…by the book or the teacher.  Why is that important?  Because if our nation’s children don’t know the truth, they don’t know what they should be fighting for.  Democracy is when the majority gets to tell the rest what they have to do.  In a Republic, there are a set of rules and every one is to follow those rules.  In our Republic, those rules are The Constitution.  How many people know the actual role of the President?  Congress?  The Supreme Court?  The States?  The individual members of our society?  Yes…there are rules for ALL those factions…yet, in making this country into a Constitutional Democracy, the roles have been reversed and the people intended to have the majority of the power now have the least power.  If the population knew they were intended to have the majority of the power, along with their individual states, would they protest differently?

Secondly, no one is held truly accountable anymore…including our politicians.  We have created a system in which we have lawyers that get people off jail time, because “it’s their job.”  Does anyone even question why we have this?  I understand that innocent people are arrested for crimes.  I get the need for lawyers for that purpose, but when there are actual witnesses and the person is guilty of harming or robbing or endangering someone other than them, why do we have lawyers to get them off?  Also, why do we have judges who, after someone is convicted of a crime, give some light sentences and throw the book at others?  Shouldn’t the punishment actually be the same for the same crime?  Society has turned everything into a disease, so now, instead of bad behavior, you have a disease.  It’s not your fault…nothing is ever your fault…

As for politicians being held accountable, what about all the campaign promises made by the various candidates over the years?  They say they are going to do one thing, we vote for them for wanting to do one thing, but they never seem to get around to doing the things they promised.  Does anyone remember back on the campaign trail, President Obama sworn, the first thing he was going to do was to set bringing out troops home from the Middle East (TRUE support for the troops, in my opinion!)?  He said they would be home in 16 months…yeah…also, he won a Nobel Peace Prize before he had shown any true actions toward peace.  And does anyone remember the first thing he actually did when he became president?  Yeah, he drone bombed the hell out of Pakistan.  Obama was such a breath of fresh air to many who were tired of the illegal Bush war on terror.  they viewed John McCain as more of the same.  Wired published an exceptional article a few years back regarding many statistics from the “war on terror” which included what Bush and Obama had done, up to that point.  Shockingly, when you averaged by year in office, Obama sent more troops, ordered more wire taps and over all, spent more time and money than Bush on the War on Terror…but people ignored that.

Before we leave the responsibility of the candidates, why is it that the only person to actually step up and call for an end to the violence was Bernie Sanders?  Where are our “leaders?”  You know, President Obama, President-Elect Trump, Clinton, both the GOP and the Democrats?  Why aren’t they stepping it up every day and calling for an end to this?

Third, the media has to take part in the divide in our country, as well as the unrest. Let’s play a little game, shall we?  See if you can guess when this quote was made:

“There is no such thing, at this stage of the world’s history in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it.”

When a newspaper with the clout of the New York Times states they are rededicating their paper to reporting honestly, you have to wonder just how long they have been reporting dishonestly!  AND, if the New York Times is being dishonest, one has to wonder just how many other large papers, which serve as THE news outlet for smaller papers, radio and local news.  Even though trust in the media has declined over the years, people react before vetting their news.  Not only that, but once something is “in the news,” if later it comes out the story was misleading, the facts were wrong, or the facts were twisted to make the story sound better/worse than it was, people have already read the false and the damage is done.  Also, the way in which the media reports something, as well as the words they use, dictate how people will react.  If you want to sway someone’s opinion, wording is everything.  Ask any marketing major…you can sell anything you want to most people just by using the right words.  So, if the media wants to divide the nation, they will use the words they need to use to make it so….and people never question it, even though they don’t trust the media.

With that said, the media coverage, or lack there of, of certain individuals and ideas plays a huge roll in shaping opinions.  If we don’t know about certain things going on, we don’t know to ask questions (although I am of the strict opinion that we should questions EVERYTHING!).  If we don’t get the right facts, we don’t know the right questions to ask.  If we don’t get any information, we have nothing to go on what-so-ever.   What happened to journalistic integrity?  Is there more to it than simple across the board carelessness?

By the way, the answer to our little game is American journalist John Swinton made that statement at an award ceremony honoring his body of work…in the late 1800’s!

Lastly, we have to take a deep and hard look at our government and officials.  Our government has literally run amok for SEVERAL years now.  The egregious nature of our government didn’t start with the Obama Administration, as many in the GOP would like you to believe.  And, it didn’t start with either Bush Administration, as the Democrats would like for you to think.  Over the years, the government has been playing favorites with different industries and foreign governments, depending on who was in office.  Part of the appeal of the Trump campaign is that he isn’t an insider.  That was also part of the appeal of the Obama campaign.  Clinton is clearly an insider, but, since Trump seemed to be such an outsider, did the Democrats (AND the GOP) and the media decide they wanted to push an “experienced” politician?  It seems that way, even though, during Obama’s first campaign, they wanted fresh, new and not connected to the status quo.  How quickly we forget!

So, where DO we go from here?  Trump was elected, and yet people are already wanting to gloss over him and get to the next election.  But, will the people give him a chance?  People expected it for Obama.  I didn’t vote for him, but I do my own research.  I’ve read about his healthcare proposal and it seems reasonable.  Anyone in their right mind knows Obamacare is horrid and has done more damage to the healthcare industry than good.  Will people at least look over the final proposal?  I’ve read about what Trump says he wants to do on immigration.  It is eerily close to what Obama has done.  Will the people admit they were wrong about him and his disdain for immigrants?  After all, he can’t be against immigration, two of his three wives were immigrants!  While people call him a racist, do they actually know that?  There was plenty of support for him in the black community, but that didn’t fit the mainstream narrative, so it never showed up in the news.  I say we give him a chance.  See what he thinks he can do.  Get ourselves involved and make sure we stay in touch with our local representatives, letting them know what we think.  And, by God, we need to hold him accountable for everything he does…that’ll be new!

 

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The late June 2014 Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby decision is in and the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, upheld the religious beliefs and rights of the owners of Hobby Lobby, Mardel and Conestoga. With the laws on the books right now, I see this as a major win for business owners who live their beliefs. As a constant pursuer of the truth, I see this as a very sad day in our history. Using The First Amendment, and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000, arguments were brought and the case ultimately decided. Yet, there is something sorely lacking…the upholding of the Constitution. Maybe Bush was right…The Constitution is just a goddamned piece of paper.

Why, you may ask, is that?

Firstly, there is the text of the dearly held religious portion of the First Amendment which states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” Get that? CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW…and yet time and again, Congress has passed laws affecting the free exercise of religion. The very fact that this case had to be brought before the Supreme Court is proof of that. The very fact that there were several major cases referenced and used in arguments is proof of that.

Secondly, what about the Articles of Power? This government, by passing the Affordable Healthcare Act (AHA), and the Supreme Court, by upholding it as a tax, have shown utter contempt for the Articles of Power given to Congress, powers clearly laid out in the Constitution. Many don’t view it this way, but the Affordable Healthcare Act, Obamacare, Congress wrote and passed and the President signed into law is one of the most egregious pieces of legislation in our history. Our government passed brazen legislation that forces the population to purchase a product or pay a penalty…oh, wait! It’s not a penalty, it’s a tax, as our Supreme Court kindly reminded us over and over during the Hobby Lobby argument!

Thirdly, I need someone to show me, in the Articles of Power, where it says government can mandate businesses to provide insurance. The given powers allow for government to regulate commerce with foreign nations, Indian tribes and between the states, but it say nothing about regulating business practices…NOTHING! And, not to get off the subject too far, but take a good look at the Articles of Power. Congress has literally given away one major power, coining money. It regularly ignores its own immigration laws. It has also allowed presidents to wage illegal wars, bypassing Congress’ power to declare them. And don’t get me started on their complete lack of common sense regarding militias.

Next, when President Obama says he is going to go around either the Supreme Court or Congress, has he forgotten there are two other branches of government set forth in our Constitution?  Yes…there are checks and balances built into our government via the Constitution.  There are three, not one, branches of government.  Sometimes they ALL forget what their job is…

So, when Bush declared the Constitution and goddamned piece of paper, maybe he was sending the US population a message. And, if we, the US population, don’t start holding our politician’s feet to the fire about their decisions, aren’t we agreeing with that very notion? In closing, we only have ourselves to blame for the political concept that our Constitution is just a g/d piece of paper: that it’s irrelevant and of no use. It seems we couldn’t care less about learning that by having a Constitutional Republic, ruled by a set of laws instead of the popular concept, we are protecting both the majority AND the minority ideals. They don’t truly teach the Constitution or it’s importance in schools anymore. They DO teach, however, the functions of government are maintaining order, providing services, resolving conflicts, and promoting values. Two of the four I can see in the Articles of Power, but the other two are just not there… Don’t believe me, read the Articles of Power yourself, Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution.

We’ve lost the meaning of our Constitution, as well as what it means to have individual freedom. We’ve given all manner of excuses for people’s behavior instead of holding them responsible for their actions. And, as we can see within the debates surrounding the recent SCOTUS decision for Hobby Lobby, Conestoga and Mardel, there are masses of people who are more than willing to let others pay for them to enjoy their freedom, but don’t want to grant the same to others. Again, this country isn’t about majority rule, it’s about a set of laws that protect your ideals and mine. I have a right to do what I want to do, as long as I don’t interfere with your freedoms and you have the right to do the same. Justice Ginsburg understands that, even though she doesn’t usually rule that way. How do I know? She cites in her dissent, “In sum, with respect to free exercise claims no less than free speech claims, ’[y]our right to swing your arms ends just where the other man’s nose begins.’”

Over the years, we have become complacent. We’ve forgotten that this country was established as a Constitutional Republic, a country governed by rule of law. In a clever grab for power, government officials, as well as the media, businessmen and women, and schools have shifted the US toward the concept of a Constitutional Democracy, a country governed by majority rule. What’s next? I think we are seeing it as our political machine shoves our country’s ideals toward socio-fascism. And all this before a true Constitutional Republic had a fighting chance!

The next time someone seems offended by Former President Bush’s assertion that the Constitution is just a goddamned piece of paper; think about why that seems so true…

We live in a country that had an opportunity…probably the biggest opportunity in the world, and we blew it.  Oh, not right at first and not all at once to be sure, but we blew it all the same.

This country, while not perfect in its founding, had some sound principle going for it.  A population protected and free from government tyranny.  A nation of people willing to work to make their way and free to worship in whatever way they felt suited them.  Build your home, work your land, provide for your family and be happy in your job well done.  Again, I am not saying there were no mistakes, but since, we have tried to correct at least some of the founding mis-steps.

Yet, somewhere along the road while basking on our new-found freedom, we became complacent, lackadaisical, just plain inattentive…and then it happened.  People we elected to represent us decided they knew better than we what was good for us.  They decided to mince words and claim they didn’t know what the founding fathers meant by the Articles of Power in our Constitution.  And, they started usurping our liberties…just a few here and there, every now and again…but that was in the beginning…Today, they are blatant about it.  In fact, they aren’t even trying to hide it!

We have food police telling us what we can and can’t eat; raiding, at gun point, private buying clubs who specialize in raw foods, including milk.  Farm police telling us we can’t grow a garden in our own yards; telling us what type of livestock we can and cannot raise.  Health police telling us we must take certain vaccines or telling us our children must have certain vaccines and treatments.  We have a war on drugs while the FDA approves drugs that are harmful to our health.  We have government agencies taking liberties with our freedoms which where never meant to be…while a large potion of our population sits back and does absolutely nothing to stop it.  And why should they?  After all, they aren’t trying to grow a garden in their yard, so it doesn’t affect them…they don’t want to drink raw milk, so it doesn’t affect them…they believe in vaccinating their children, so they are complying, and think you should, too…In fact, if the government tells them to do it, they think it is for their own best interest…

It’s time for your history lesson!  We live in a Constitutional Republic, and there’s a reason for that.  In our particular form of government, your right NOT to have to drink raw milk is protected…but so is my right to drink it.  Your right to seek a doctor’s advice is always your right, but so is my right to self medicate.  Your right not to own a gun is your choice, but my right to keep and bear arms is mine.  Your right to send your children to public school is there, but so is my right to take responsibility for my own children’s education.  And, as long as I don’t force my opinion on you, or vise versa, as long as I respect your right to do as you please and you respect mine, we can do whatever the heck we want to do!

We may not see eye to eye on anything, but you know what?  That’s alright, because we have the right to hold differing opinions, and it really isn’t anyone else’s business!  BUT, if we don’t stand up for our rights, we are going to lose them.   And if we don’t stand up for the rights of our neighbors, whether we agree with them or not, at some point, the shoe will be on the other foot, and it will be your rights hanging in the balance…then what!

We have an obligation in this country to carry on the mission of our forefathers…protect the rights of everyone to be free…and either we are willing to do that, or we can kiss our freedoms goodbye!  It’s pretty simple…We can’t wait for someone else to do what we should have been doing all along.  We have to be willing to jump in there and protect our rights ourselves…

We can do something about it, but it’s gonna take work.  We are going to have to get involved if we plan on keeping our freedom.  Protecting our freedom is not a spectator sport!  Yes, we are going to have to participate.  Get to know your representation.  Talk to them regularly.  Let them know what you expect.  But, also, let them know if they don’t deliver, you have NO qualms about replacing them.  They need to be reminded from time to time who id really in charge…We-the-People!  It’s up to you, though…So, what’s it gonna be?

As my daughter was doing homework, from the notes her teacher gave in class she read, “We have a Representative Democracy.”  I could not believe it!  I was stunned as I asked her to read that again.  We searched through the book for a definition for Constitutional Republic, but none was found.  Under the definition in the main text for Republic, however, it states that the terms “Republic” and “Democracy” are used interchangeably.  (Maybe this answers a lingering question or two I have about the “Republicans” and the Democrats” on the Hill!)  A class period or so later, the teacher told the class that we can also refer to our form of government as a Liberal Democracy…WHAT!?!

The CIA World Factbook states that our form of government is a “Constitution-based federal republic; strong democratic tradition” not a “Representative” or “Liberal” Democracy.  Are the public schools in the midst of trying to revise our nations founding?  Even our Pledge of Allegiance says,  “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the REPUBLIC for which is stands…”

A Republic differs from a Democracy in that it follows a set of laws (say, a Constitution!), but control of the law remains with the people being governed.  In our country, our Constitution is the law of the land.  In a Democracy, the majority rules, as even if 51% of the people are in favor of something, that is now the law of the land.  Our Founding Fathers set this country up as a Constitutional Republic, protecting the minority from would-be encroachers.  In our country, the laws should not even be proposed if they are not first deemed constitutional.  That is what children (and some adults) need to know.

This “American Government” book has been in use for years.  I am not sure what they taught when Chief Justice John Roberts was in school, but I do know he has referred to our country as a Constitutional Democracy several times…and he is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court!  No wonder our nation’s children have no idea why the past several administrations are so egregious!  Simply put, our children have no idea what they should be fighting for.  They are not being taught the importance of a Constitutional Republic.  What happened? 

This particular school-approved “government” book teaches that it is the government that has the authority to set the rules by which all people living under it are governed.  Again, WHAT!?!  Our Constitution clearly says that We-the-People give government the power to follow the specific rules laid out by the Constitution.  In the film, “Don’t Tread On Me,” Constitutional Expert. Dr. Edwin Vieira says, “We-the-People do ordain and establish…Public officials didn’t do that, judges didn’t do that…that is a statement that We-the-People have the authority; we are the ultimate law-givers.”  That is a very powerful analysis and makes perfect sense.  That is the very point of our Constitution! 

Our Declaration of Independence clearly states that to secure our inalienable rights, “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”  Again, government gets its power from We-the-People.  This does not take a genius to figure out!

In Article 1 Section 8 of Our Constitution, the last “Congressional power” clearly states, “To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States…” (Emphasis mine)  The Ninth and Tenth Amendments are very clear as to just where the power lies in our country.  Mainly, powers NOT given to the Federal Government in our Constitution are NOT theirs.  Furthermore, simply because our Founding Fathers saw fit to list a select few of our individual rights, does not mean that we do not retain ALL our rights, as people of this nation.

Another thing that is suspect is a little website on the front of the text book.  The website, CNNfyi.com, redirects to a site referred to as CNN Student News.  I would be just as appalled if it had a link to FOX News, or any other news station for that matter.  After all, how do people feel about the news?  In one pole, no news outlet was trusted even by fifty percent of the population.  In a September 2009 Pew Research Pole, comparing a 24-year span of news accuracy, it shows an all time low of 29% of people think the news outlets are reporting accurately.  Why, then, are we letting a news outlet teach our children?  By the way, the first class self test was printed off of the CNN website!

This “text book” also tells my daughter and her unwitting classmates that the “function of government” is to 1) Maintain Order, 2) Resolve Conflict, 3) Promote Values, and 4) Provide Services.  No wonder children grow up not knowing or understanding our form of government!  No wonder people think they are “entitled’ to whatever they want!  The Constitution lists the ”Congressional Powers.”  Among those is to provide for the common defense and promote the general welfare, commerce between foreign nations and the several states, provide and maintain a Navy (NOT an army!!!), but nowhere does it say that government is to provide services and promote values. 

Some may look at promoting the general welfare and think that is the government’s loophole to provide services, but, James Madison clearly did not think that, and he basically wrote it! 

“If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands;  they may appoint teachers in every State, county and parish and pay them out of their public treasury;  they may take into their own hands the education of children, establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union;  they may assume the provision of the poor;  they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post-roads;  in short, every thing, from the highest object of state legislation down to the most minute object of police, would be thrown under the power of Congress.  Were the power of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature of the limited Government established by the people of America.” Founding Father James Madison

That last line is very key to this discussion, “…limited Government established by the people of America.”  During the debates about the Constitution, before it was ratified, many state governments had plenty to say about the Federal governmental powers.  But one major theme was repeated over and over again, Congress’s powers are to be limited, and not in any way to infringe on the powers of the states or the individuals.  Of those, a few stand out.  North Carolina was very clear:

“That those clauses which declare that Congress shall not exercise certain powers, be not interpreted in any manner whatsoever to extend the powers of Congress…”

As was New York:

“That the Powers of the Government may be reassumed by the People, whensoever it shall become necessary to their Happiness; that every Power, Jurisdiction and right, which is not by the said Constitution clearly delegated to the Congress of the United States, or the departments of the Government thereof, remains to the People of the several States, or to their respective State Governments to whom they may have granted the same …”

These sentiments go on and on and were actually recorded for posterity to protect future generations from tyranny in government.  Our children need to know why this country and its government are different from the rest of the world.  Our people need to understand the significance of all of our founding documents.  They need to read the debates of the time and the concerns and comments of our country’s framers, something obviously not being taught in our school system!  Our government needs to reread and understand what makes our country unique. 

In her High School Valedictorian Speech, Erica Goldson says that, in the American educations system, children are taught to pass tests, but they do not really “learn.”  She contends that school is teaching children to work within a “system,” so that they can graduate, go to college, get their diploma to prove they are now “capable of work.”  Ms. Goldson’s insight is exceptional as she states, “A worker is someone who is trapped within repetition – a slave of the system set up before him” and that she has “successfully shown that I was the best slave.“    

What she so eloquently says is that students are basically being brainwashed “in order to create a complacent labor force working in the interests of large corporations and secretive government.”  She has completed this “period of indoctrination” and will “go on to the next phase expected of her.”  In the words of Ms. Goldson, “School is not all that it can be.”  That is an understatement!

It will obviously be up to us to teach our children, our grandchildren, and ourselves, the importance, long forgotten, of this country.  It is time we take a stand…it is time we let the “Constitutional Experts” on the Hill and in our classrooms know, we will not take this lying down.  The mantra of American Revolutionary brothers and sisters should be the mantra of every single person in the United States of America today:  “Don’t Tread On Me!”

Endnotes:
Don’t Tread On Me
www.DontTreadOnMeMovie.Com

Reality Report MO Family Outraged at Text Book Propaganda
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHe_gbxPzak

The Complete Bill of Rights:  The Drafts, Debates, Sources and Origins, Edited by Neil H Cogan, Oxford University Press, New York/Oxford, 1997

The Pledge of Allegiance
http://www.ushistory.org/documents/pledge.htm

CIA World Factbook:  United States
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/us.html

Valedictorian Speaks Out Against Schooling
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9M4tdMsg3ts&feature=player_embedded

Text of speech:
http://americaviaerica.blogspot.com/

The moneychangers versus the U.S. Constitution
http://links.veronicachapman.com/MoneychangersversusUSConstitution-ph.pdf

Constitutional Republic Team Law
http://www.teamlaw.org/Government/ConstitutionalRepublic.htm

Fox Leads for Trust
http://publicpolicypolling.blogspot.com/2010/01/fox-leads-for-trust.html

Press Accuracy Rating Hits Two-Decade Low
http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1341/press-accuracy-rating-hits-two-decade-low

James Madison Quote
http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/James.Madison.Quote.3254