Note from Dan: Richard J. Beason posted the following on the Wednesday OPEN thread; it was quite appropriately nominated for Post of the Day by Contrasuzie.
“Inalienable rights were an inspiration by Thomas Jefferson in bashing a King. Inalienable turned out only to be a reality because the French showed up in time to keep Cornwallis in Yorktown.
History has shown us that very few governments believe in inalienable rights. Those governments also happen to be those run by the holders of wealth who use the government to control and use those that do not have wealth. The US Constitution was designed as a Republic to protect its citizens from the power of the wealthy. It established a strong middle class as a deterrent from the Wealthy from taking over government.
We have seen in 2008 what happens when the wealthy have too much control – their greed destroys the economy and steals the rights of the middle class. The November election will decide whether the wealthy usurps more rights from the middle class or whether the middle class stands up for their rights and retains control of our government.
Recognize that raising taxes on the middle class is a direct means of controlling the middle class. Look through the rhetoric and understand that what you are being told vs. what is taking place is a subjugating of the middle class and destroying the freedoms our forefathers earned for us.
A society that seeks to benefit the wealthy is not benefiting the middle class. They are simply two mutually exclusive concepts. Lifting the wealthy does not float all boats, it is simply allowing the wealthy to stand on your shoulders while you are under water.”