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May 13, 2013

I read another letter form the resident libertarian on the meaning of rights and the Constitution....

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Tedeaux

May-13-13 2:48 AM

On the other hand Chuck, what of the power of a Government that invades your right to determine your own choice? Is this still freedom?

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gavinf56

May-13-13 5:27 AM

Huh?

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Premier

May-13-13 5:49 AM

Another example why we call him "Chuckles".

Isn't he addorable?

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CarlHiller

May-13-13 5:51 AM

The difference is in the type of right. Since you leftists do not know the difference between "God given" naturally inherent rights and a government granted civil right, you can never know the truth.

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WKnapp

May-13-13 5:57 AM

Funny, nearly incoherent letter; what we've come to expect from any big government leftist! Their slogan is, "In Government We Trust".

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ToTEXASfromPA

May-13-13 6:15 AM

Maybe the author can elaborate on what rights are being taken away by promoting a smaller government, especially since this nation had a much smaller government 200+ years ago when the constitution was adopted.

The constitution guarantees us the liberties and freedoms so that as individuals we can accomplish our goals and desires through hard work and innovation. It permits us to worship God freely without being forced to conform to government dictated religion. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

The constitution does not guarantee that all will receive equal wealth and benefits nor should it.

Providing to those that are less fortunate is called charity and should be a voluntary action. Through this, both the giver and receiver are blessed.

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spike2

May-13-13 6:49 AM

please enumerate "God-given" rights.

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GysgtUSMC

May-13-13 6:59 AM

I am curious to hear how Chuck and other liberals feel about the massive cuts to our nations military. Big government seems to be ok except when it comes to one of the government's main responsibility; providing security for this nation.

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rick424

May-13-13 7:09 AM

"Providing to those that are less fortunate is called charity and should be a voluntary action"

Nice idea in theory but we all know it does not work in large numbers. Never has, never will.

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GoBB62

May-13-13 8:05 AM

AMEN, Gunny!!!!!!

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nobud74

May-13-13 8:42 AM

rick, please explain how the billions donated every year to charity do not work. The research, good works and financial/social benefits done by countless groups such as March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, MDA and more does, I would argue, more good than all the govt programs combined. Add to that truly great charitable (and much more efficient) groups like The Salvation Army, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, JDRF and many more who have great results with low overhead. America is the most charitable nation on earth. Expansion of great charities who operate on low budgets would seem a better course of action than inefficient govt program expansion.

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JohnZook

May-13-13 9:34 AM

Nobud- Great point. Why would it be more efficient to be forced to send your money to an over-sized government to buy food for the hungry in your own town. Big government costs big money so how much really gets to the hungry in your area? Government should be as local as possible; let the Feds protect the country and build and repair the infrastructure.

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SteelerFan

May-13-13 9:44 AM

Spike, how about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

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rick424

May-13-13 10:22 AM

If that were so Nobud, there would be no one in need today. Of course these help but over all not the answer. There is no way volunteers would totally help in a disaster.

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USABorn

May-13-13 10:28 AM

A truly idiotic letter!

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philunderwood

May-13-13 10:33 AM

As the resident libertarian Chuck refers to I’ll say the letter is just more silly talk from the left. I and other limited government supporters simply believe government force should be limited to protecting our natural rights and providing the necessary infrastructure for us to make the most of them.

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spike2

May-13-13 12:19 PM

life, liberty and pursuit of happiness are not God given. If so, cite verse please.

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eriklatranyi

May-13-13 12:52 PM

Typical liberal drivel.

We must choose between absolute gov't control or anarchy.

Dolts.

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SteelerFan

May-13-13 12:57 PM

Spike, you weren't referring to the Bible. The Constitution gives us these rights.

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philunderwood

May-13-13 1:14 PM

The Constitution doesn’t give us rights; it guarantees government will protect the rights we’re born with. No entity can give us our natural rights, but they can be restricted or taken away and only by force. That should be self evident to any rational or objective thinker.

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CarlHiller

May-13-13 2:00 PM

spike2 - "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Because you do not understand the Bible or the Founders and the government bequeathed to America is why you cannot understand the fact that "unalienable rights" are self-evident. They are not written(except for a few in the Bill of Rights), they are not given by man or by his government. The Founders did not argue that the Bible said those things, they did not need to, they believed in God, but not necessarily in organized religion. If one looks at the 8 Beatitudes in their totality it is clear that God has granted man with the ability to achieve happiness with life and liberty and the only way to achieve those are with an understanding of natural and inherent rights.

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philunderwood

May-13-13 2:27 PM

Carl, there is no reason to refer to natural rights as God given. I’m sure the word “creator” was a hard fought compromise that everyone could be satisfied with because of the differing beliefs of our founders.

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nobud74

May-13-13 3:04 PM

rick, so you mean to tell me that during the flood of 2011 here that everyone just sat around wringing their hands waiting for some moron from Uncle Sam to come by to help? Really? That isn't what I saw. I would bet that if we took half the money the fed govt spends on social programs and turned it over to the Salvation Army that there would be nobody in need anywhere in the US.

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rick424

May-13-13 3:09 PM

Not saying that at all. What I am saying the government helped also. With money and programs to get people back on their feet. I am not saying that volunteers are not needed, I am saying that they alone can not do everything. There would not be enough resources if it was volunteers only.

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SteelerFan

May-13-13 3:24 PM

Phil, take it easy. I'm on your side.

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