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You have failed us all!

The government of the United States of America was founded with one principle. In the Declaration of Independence, the principle is stated, “with liberty, and justice, for all”.

The government has failed us all. By declaring war against segments of the population, promoting ideological persecution, they have failed to fulfill the principle of liberty and justice for all.

No matter how many signatures are placed on a petition, it is the duty of the government to protect the interest of all people. They must be willing to allow all people the freedom to run their own lives. They must allow citizens the ability to make their own choices, and protect all citizens from those who would force opinions and ideals on them.

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Fear and respect

Parents often teach their children to respect them through fear and intimidation. They scream, "you will respect me" as they chase them around the room with a belt.

We have even created gods that demand respect in the same fashion. Fear of retribution supposedly leads to respect.

Truly, however, when someone fears you, they do not necessarily respect you. They may have respect for the power you seem to weld, but when the illusion breaks down, the respect is not there.

The idea that a child must "behave" in accordance with the dictatorial standards of the adults around them, is the problem. Children are taught that they must "respect their elders", but adults supposedly do not have to respect their children.

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False advertising

I like to eat at Sonic drive-in. I absolutely love the Sunshine Smoothie, and am rather infatuated with the Steak, Egg, and Cheese Burrito. Moreover, when it is cold outside, the last thing that I want to do is get out of my car and race to the door of the warm restaurant. So, having someone bring my food to me is kind of nice.

I do, however, have one major contention with Sonic drive-in. While the Sunshine Smoothie that I love so much is made with ice-cream, orange juice, bananas, and strawberries, most smoothies do not contain any ice cream. The regular smoothies are supposedly made with yogurt.

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Minority Status

I recently argued with a friend of mine about minority status in America. She said that Christians were the minority in America and Catholics were the majority.

The idea that I stated, that Catholics and Christians were the same, seemed totally offensive to her. She said that she, as a Christian, did not believe in the teachings of the Catholic Church. Because they held to different customs and beliefs from the Protestant church, they could not possibly be part of Christiandom.

Among the things that I find wrong with her position, two take absolute prominence.

Firstly, when traveling around any city in the US, there is a marked 3:1 ratio of protestant churches to Catholic churches. That might even be understated. Thus, the argument that protestant Christianity is a minority belief in comparison to catholic Christianity is simply erroneous.

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Justifications for existence

In primitive tribal systems, the support of a persons life was justified by their ability for participation in the activities of the tribe. If a boy could not be trained to hunt, for instance, he had nothing to contribute and his life was not justified.

Thus began the need to prove oneself and validate a persons existence.

Throughout most of agrarian social systems, a woman who was incapable of producing offspring was condemned as unworthy. Even during most of the Christian era, where a child's birth was equated to the building of a prison, women who were "barren" were considered of no real value. Thus, there was a heavy burden placed upon them to justify their existence.

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Democratic compromises

A man is assaulted in front of his home. The neighbours see this assault take place, but do nothing. A stranger to the area leaps out and assist the man.

Through democratic process and determination, the man who "did the right thing" would be in the wrong. The majority of people in the neighbourhood said, by their behaviour, that turning your back on someone in need was the proper course of action.

When a democratic compromise is reached, the same thing occurs. The democratic vote is bound to be determined in favour of the majority, and the minority for whom the "compromise" is being reached are getting shafted. Any who speak out against what is determined to be the "compromise" are regarded as troublemakers.

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Definitions and concepts

When you are speaking to someone, it is not wrong to use any manner of terminology to express concepts and ideas, just so long as there is an agreed upon definition of what those terms represent. Frequently, however, people use terms without having any idea of what they are actually saying.

A fascinating experiment that proves this fact can be accomplished anytime with virtually anyone. Take a simple term that is used fairly widely, and when you hear someone express themselves by using that term, ask them to explain it.

Take, for instance, the term "stupid". I hear people all the time talking about someone who was so stupid, or actions that they deemed to be stupid. Yet, when asked to define what "stupid" means, they are completely dumbfounded.

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The conspiracies of life

9/11 was a conspiracy, so I am told. Appearantly, the U.S. government decided to kill off a large portion of those citizens living in New York for some undetermined reason.

Of course, 9/11 was just one of the more recent conspiracies that the U.S. government has been involved in. There are many people disappearing every day, leaders being killed, and there are even aliens running experiments on humans on a routine basis. All of these things and more are being done either with the consent of the U.S. government, by a secret society who acts through the U.S. government, or with the tacit approval of the U.S. government.

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Stirring up a commotion

At the end of the eighteenth century, a small collective formed to oppose british rule among 13 colonies in North America. They forged a document in which they expressed their distress and outlined the reason to which they had to fight the reigning monarch.

Among those who fought against the armies that were dispatched stood a man named George Washington. His mother told him to stop fighting, effectively saying that he should shut-up and behave. He, along with many of his compatriots, refused to allow familial allegences prevent him from following his own beliefs. They refused to betray theirselves even if it meant causing disharmony with their families. Many of them even lost their families, and more.

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Homeless, helpless, and distressed

Imagine that you have a home, a life. You have a job, and all the knick-knacks and bric-a-brac that make your home just a little brighter. Your spouse also has a nice job, and between the both of you, and a good budget plan, you are able to pay your bills, buy food for your family, and occasionally you manage to treat yourself to a show or a good restaurant or maybe purchase something deeply desirable.

Now, imagine that you lose your job, and find yourself unable to find employment elsewhere. Perhaps it is that you cannot find employment in the field to which you are trained and you don't know how to do anything else. Perhaps you are just too old and in a state or city where nobody wishes to hire someone of such advanced years. For whatever reason, you simply cannot find work. You start to get really depressed.

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