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With 1 more liberal justice, many of our rights will be swept away

To The Daily Sun,

The next Supreme Court justice will have a significant impact on the life of every American; this makes his/her judicial philosophy and the Senate's actions vitally important.

The Constitution specifies that presidents nominate and the Senate advises and consents to (or withholds consent for) the president's Supreme Court nominees. The president and the Senate set their own criteria and schedule. (The Senate withheld consent from about one-fourth of the past Supreme Court nominees.)

Senators Obama, Clinton, Schumer, Biden and others have filibustered Supreme Court nominees and/or declared that a president's nominee must not be approved in his last year in office, I agree.

The four (President Obama intends to nominate another) progressive Supreme Court Justices believe that they have a right to change the Constitution's meaning as they want.

The two reliable conservative justices (Justice Scalia was the third) believe that the Constitution means what it says, that is a compact with the American people to limit government power, and that changes to the Constitution are to be made by the American people via amendments (as they have done 27 times), not by Supreme Court justices.

Justices Roberts and Kennedy are unpredictable.

Many important recent Supreme Court decisions were decided on a 5-4 vote. Justice Scalia's vote protected a near century-old memorial cross erected by soldiers on public land and American's right to own a gun. Progressive justices plus a swing justice outlawed traditional marriage laws, allowed taking property from one person (typically poor) to give to another (rich), and rewrote Obamacare to force it on the majority of Americans who oppose it.

Who would have imagined that the rights and traditions of our country and 315 million Americans were only protected by or were swept away by the vote of a single justice?

Almost all our Bill of Rights protections are under attack. With one more progressive Supreme Court Justice, many of our rights and the limits of our Constitution will be swept away, e.g., freedoms of speech and religion, Second Amendment, protection against warrantless searches and detainment, property rights, and approval of presidential actions that are contrary to the laws of Congress.

One more progressive Supreme Court justice and the U.S. Constitution becomes a scrap of paper and our Constitutional rights disappear at the whim of bureaucrats and politicians. The American people can choose this by electing Hillary Clinton and a Democrat-controlled Senate.

Until then the Senate should do it was elected to do, to stop President Obama's agenda. In this case the Senate must withhold consent from President Obama's Supreme Court nominee.

Don Ewing
Meredith

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No power on earth should be able to take home & earnings at will

To The Daily Sun,

Our original intent to protect inalienable rights and the journey and fight to complete our experiment of freedoms is not complete as a nation.

Both Democrats and Republicans depend on income and property taxes as the principle means of funding government rule. Because this control to taxation is absolute, then the power is absolute and we are subservient to that taking. Our main means of survival, home and income, are first owned by the government and then allowed to us as the government so orders in tax code and kick backs.

Neither party advocates true liberty because these types of taxation —property and income taxes — are the most controlling and repressive, not progressive, by denying the independence we declared we wanted from the rulers of England. We live today as then with the same controlling means of survival, our home and income, being first owned by the government and then allowed to us to retain as the government so orders with kick backs divvied up to those closest to the rulers.

The original Constitution allowed us the most liberty and freedoms, it had no income tax and depended on import taxes, but the founding fathers were so indoctrinated with the power concept of fiefdoms under control of a sovereign ruler they never outlawed property taxes, the true individual freedom to be immune from rulers.

So too did Carl Marx's principles of government, as we do today, advocate control by land rents — property taxes — and progressive income taxes, both exactly what Democrats and Republicans have approved time and time again.

Our nation has one concern- do the rulers spend those taken rights of private ownership wisely and better than we can for our families when they control and spend the wealth they have taken?

One only needs to look at the deficits, debts, and deaths and say no. Drugs kill 30,000 a year, wasteful wars have taken their toll, unsustainably more and more citizens and non citizens now barely exist off the kick backs they are subserviently dependent on called entitlements ironically entitled back to you from these absolute taxes.

The most fearful freedom to this growing progressive control would be to outlaw income and property taxes to provide true freedom taxes — those you can afford to pay and must pay but by choice. If we institute freedom taxes, those that tax success of a nation — uniform sales and import taxes — we will truly be free to judge the success and failures of government leadership to promote the economy. Most people spend 90 percent of their annual earnings and the savings creates industry.

A federal balanced budget amendment is first and foremost a serious pressing need to stop the unchecked failed rule and takings do date from both parties. With that must be a super majority override borrowing authority for only national, in our boarders, emergencies that must provide for short term repayments back to a balanced budget to Treasury.

Until we comply with these truths of self evident rights to freedom of property — income and land ownership, we will never reach the promise of individual independence but forever stay subservient to the rule of an unaccountable sovereign power.

We still have a revolution to complete in understanding and making history by cementing our principles of governance. Shall we continue to be subservient and dependent completely? Can we take the next and last step to true freedoms stated in the U.S. Constitution Article IV, Section 2 and provide for the immunities of citizens in the several states with an amendment to protect our freedom of property and hard earned income from absolute takings?

We must decide soon if a true freedom, that of an individual's choice as to what they can afford in spending and its taxation is inalienable. We can balance the demands of a nation with the rights to be immune to takings of real estate and earnings and its repression of liberty and ownership.

This reality must be understood to achieve and then demand for these principles, which are and were, most important in our Declaration of Independence. We should demand now to re-enforce them back into the Constitution to provide the mechanism for those principles of freedom.

No power on earth should have the ability to take home and earnings at will. Those rulers and oppressive powers must be dethroned once again and citizens permanently immunized from taking of these purest of inalienable freedoms to survival and pursue happiness without extortion.

Jeff Frost
Alexandria

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