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James Madison, Jr. (March 16, 1751 -June 28, 1836) was an American statesman and political theorist, the fourth President of the United States (1809-1817). He is hailed as the "Father of the Constitution" for being instrumental in the drafting of the United States Constitution and as the key champion and author of the US Bill of Rights. | Photo: John Vanderlyn | James Madison, President, Constitution, Bill Of Rights,

Good-Bye Liberty

Whenever the state, operating through its various institutions, violates the protection of our civil liberties, the entire country slides towards fascism.

Whenever those governmental institutions violate the protection of our civil liberties using unjustified authority (as in authority not derived from democracy), the entire country again slides towards fascism.

If you are wondering what fascism means, it is when a governing body uses unjustified authority backed by violent force to achieve goals created by a super minority of the population or a singular dictator ' something very common across the globe, even here in America.

While I don't agree with the position of Cliven Bundy, the cattle rancher who created a standoff with the government in Nevada, mostly because I'm a vegan, I also do not side with the government either.

What stunned me most about this face-off, was not that both sides were aiming weapons at one another, something so bizarre and recklessly dangerous to all the unarmed people who were in the vicinity, only providing another unsavory glimpse into how frayed apart our Republic has actually become ' but instead my horror was centered on a non-violent sign, one resting peacefully and modestly along the curb ' the sign read: 'First Amendment Area'.

GASP!

Just writing that and reading it in my mind creates such a visceral reaction it will be the last time I ever do it, but the significance of that sign, created and posted by the government, means the government believes only certain areas in America are Constitutionally secured ' and perhaps they are right.

As a socialist, I'm an anarchist, and mostly because when you allow vertical hierarchies of governing power that are untouchable by the majority (or to say by democracy) you end up being used, abused, and violated by said governing body.

Our Constitution promotes a Constitutional Democratic Republic, which some take to mean that the Constitution is the most important thing, not our citizens, and certainly not democracy. As such, if one views the Constitution to mean the state over all others, the protectors of the Constitution (our government), has the right to use all power to ensure the Republic's existence and authority ensues, which one has to assume is the White House's interpretation of the law, by their usually egregious actions against human rights here and abroad.

While, I don't share in that interpretation, I can't say it is wrong.

Which leaves us in a very odd position, as Americans we champion our rights to liberty, judicial process, and the pursuit of happiness ' yet, we are being indirectly told through policy, actions, and literally with signs, that those rights we champion and identify with are only valid when the government says so, and where the government says so.

Wow ' I always expected some crazy collapse of society to bring forth fascism here in America ' I definitely wasn't expecting it to arrive by a ubiquitous sign resting along a dirt curb in the Nevada breeze ' well played corporate oligarch, you truly are insidious.

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