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  • what many people who confuse this issue have forgotten or simply don't think of even when you point out to them that we have 'delegated' certain powers to government is that we have just as much right to take that power BACK from the government -- it is ours by unalienable right, and was never theirs to begin with.

    • We have never gotten away from the idea of government as absolute monarch with unlimited power granted by divine right. All we have done is substitute democracy for that monarch.

      So what we have rather than a belief that the government is an institution of people to secure the people's rights, is a belief in a government of potentially unlimited power (even constitutional limitations can be voted or amended away, and in the case of the U.S., discarded through ratification of treaties) with unquestioned right to rule granted by the "virtue" of "democracy." The idea of taking such rights and powers back from the government simply cannot occur to most people, as they do not think of the powers of government as being delegated from the people, nor do they think of governments as something instituted and replaceable as described in the Declaration of Independence. We are still mentally in the monarchic/imperial model. This showed early in American history as one faction tried to do all the things that "governments normally do" such as establish a central bank and ran into another faction that insisted the powers of the government were limited by the Constitution.

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      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers