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As the English philosopher John Locke observed in his Two Treatises on Government, man's life, liberty, and property are not privileges bestowed by government. They are inherent and basic rights that preexist government. Thus, individuals have the natural or God-given right to live their lives in any way they choose, as long as they do so peacefully.
Why was it necessary to institute government? Thomas Jefferson gave the answer in the Declaration of Independence: to secure the protection of these preexisting rights.
And why was a Constitution needed? To place strict limitations on the powers of governmental officials. The Constitution aimed to assure the government's role as a protector, not a destroyer, of people's rights.
The United States government, however, is now destructive of the very ends for which it was formed. For it no longer protects the lives, liberties, and properties of the American people. Instead, the chief ends of the U.S. government today are to direct and restrict the ...
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In 1945, Nazi totalitarianism was destroyed by the military might of the wartime allies. But within a few months of victory, our comrade-in-arms, "Uncle Joe" Stalin (as he was affectionately referred to by President Franklin Roosevelt), was making it clear that the postwar period would not be an era of global peace and international harmony.
Within months of the German surrender, Stalin was tightening his grip on the Eastern European countries that had been "liberated" by the Red Army. There would be no free elections, no democratic pluralism, no market economies in the nations now in Moscow's orbit. By 1948, with the communist coup in Czechoslovakia, every one of the Eastern European countries had been turned into a socialist "People's Republic."
We now know that this was Stalin's intention from the beginning, despite the promises he gave to President Roosevelt at the Yalta Conference in February 1945. In early April 1945, less ...