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In 1787, the people of 13 free and sovereign states, in order to form a more perfect union, created a government to provide certain limited services to all states equally, common defense being the most important.
They deliberately limited the government's power so it would always be of service to the sovereign states. The people made that clear by locating the government on a mere 61-square-mile tract of land, today's Washington, D.C. -- smaller than the smallest of the sovereign states. It isn't a state, and not even a territory. It is a subordinate entity controlled by Congress.
But now, a handful of power-driven individuals "own" the 61-square-mile tract of land from which they regulate and control literally every aspect of life on 3.8 million square miles in 50 states. How ironic that the limited government created to serve a free people in sovereign states is now the master who is served by a not-so-free people in 50 not-so-sovereign states. How did this happen?
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the blood stream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States when men were free." -- Ronald Reagan, 1961.
"Morning in America" is now "Sunset in America."