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You better believe I want to live in a Republic. The rule of law, not of men.
 

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Laws are made by men. Sometimes these men are influenced by other men who have an interest for themselves and not to the greater good. If we are not a majority ruled nation and the laws of man are manipulated by special interest groups then what are we? A corporate bitch?

It is difficult for me to see how we are a democracy or a republic as long as the lobbying industry is calling the shots on the hill. Our only recourse is to vote a new legislator into power in the next election, maybe. How well has that turned out?
 

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The real deal is to have separation of economics and state. As long as the politicians can dispense economic favors, we'll have corruption.

Just trying to get a non-corrupt military, police force, and judiciary is difficult enough. Take a look at the purchasing practices of the War Department starting in 1789, single source contracts, exorbitant prices, sound familiar?

We have to stop taking government handouts, all of us.
 
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