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Founding fathers understood importance of private property

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To The Daily Sun,

Charles Montesquieu writings were recommended reading by our Founding Fathers such as John Adams, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison.

"Let us therefore lay down a certain maxim: that whenever the public good happens to be the matter in question, it is not for the advantage of the public to deprive an individual of his property — or even to retrench the least part of it by a law or a political regulation." — Charles Montesquieu.

For a century and a half, William Blackstone's legal writings were final authority in American courts, after the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. He wrote: "So great moreover is regard of the law for private property that it will not authorize the least violation of it — no, not even for the general good of the whole community."

John Adams had this to say: "The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the Law of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence."

John Jay was an original chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and authored the Federalist Papers. He stated: "It is the undoubted right and unalienable privilege of a citizen not to be divested or interrupted in innocent use of property..."

Adam Smith, an economist whose writing were well read by the Founding Fathers, wrote: "As soon as the land of any country has all become private property, the landlords, like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed, and demand a rent even for its natural produce."

James Wilson — a signer of the Declaration, signer of the Constitution and original U.S. Supreme Court Justice — stated that the American government was created to "acquire anew security for possession or recovery of those rights to... which we were previously entitled by the immediate gift or by the unerring law of our all-wise and all-beneficent Creator, including the right of property", and that "every government which has not this in view as its principle object is not a government of the legitimate kind."

Honorable J. Reuben Clark, Jr., formerly solicitor for the Department of State, Under-Secretary of State, Ambassador to Mexico and considered for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court  had extreme warnings for the safety of our country when he left the State Department. The warnings became more intense following our enrollment in the United Nations. His writings and speeches attempted to raise the alarm over the ever creeping cancer of this godless organization. That our sovereignty would dwindle and our freedoms would gradually be chipped away. If he were alive today he would rightly be able to say "I told you so".

The United States government has no authority outside of strictly expressed functions within the text of the Constitution. No civilization has advanced as fast and far as this nation. We may in our time see the end results of treasonable actions that have been playing out for at least a hundred years.

In 1992, President George Bush signed the document recommended in Agenda 21, the U.N. Conference on environment and development in Rio de Janeiro. Agenda 21 recommends "all countries...translate Agenda 21 into national policies and programs.." Executive order 12852, signed by Bill Clinton, created the president's Council on Sustainable Development. "Consensus process" makes it look as if the people determined their own results to a predetermined plan. "Visioning process" also gave the illusion of the will of the people.

Chapter seven of Agenda 21 is the final goal. HUD, DOT and the EPA pays out grants for the implementation of this horrible scheme to bring us under the control of this godless empire called the U.N. Whatever terms they use, sustainability, green-lining, Wildlands Project U.N. Biodiversity Treaty, it is to bring us under their control, The World Government. The EPA has been groping to place under federal control all land within 500 feet of any waterway. Check the Constitution and you will notice they have authority to own very little land. Nor is there authority for a federal police force. And still we are being over run with bureaucracies more intimidating than the crown's red coats. The red thread of communism has been gradually weaving their tyrannical ideology into our lives for quite some time. Isn't it time to fight back? Their visioning projects is not our projects.

Rep. Jane Cormier (R-Alton) sees these schemes for what they are. Are we so stupid that we need outsiders with federal money (our money) to scam and manipulate us away from our lands and place bureaucrats to hover over us with their clipboards, codes and oppressive rules.The America I knew is dieing. Hopefully enough sane people will rise up to revive it.

Gene F. Danforth