Will the American Republic endure..?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Atlas Realty Service, LLC Ga Re lic. 266576

Last fall, during the Presidential campaigns, I got pretty fed up with BOTH candidates using the tax system as a means to buy or influence how I vote.  You can read my entire article here.  

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money"

                                                                                                                Alexis de Tocqueville 1805-1859

Was Mr. de Tocqueville right? and if so are we on our last days as a free republic?

Here is another one of his quotes:

"Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude."                                                                                                                                                          Alexis de Tocqueville 1805-1859

We are granted the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness ...Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government...                                                                                                                              
 Thomas Jefferson

"Economic Justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise.."
C. William Brownfield  1946

So where am I going with all of this...?  Well, originally I was going to do a simple post about about the benefits of the "Fair Tax" for the real estate industry and home ownership.  Obviously I have already digressed from that.  One day I will get there ... I promise.  

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. 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 what it was once like in the United States when men were free.
Ronald Reagan

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Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. No guarantees- just opportunities. The roller coaster of life can sometimes be a wild or scary ride. Personally I have ridden the highs and lows, taken some fast curves, and there are times when I just wanted to puke.  But all of those times, both good and not so good, are part of the fabric that makes me who I am today.  Sometimes it was not fun, sometimes downright painful, but where the scars are I am stronger.   I do not want a government that tries to guarantee happiness for individuals or business.  I want a government that allows every person and every business an equal opportunity to succeed or fail.  

Thanks for listening :-)
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Ok while I'm here let me go ahead and throw out one idea... it's my money, let me spend it, save it, or give it away.



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Rainmaker
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David Monsour
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We are granted the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness ..."Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government..."                                                                                                                              
 Thomas Jefferson

What else needs to be said besides ^^^^^.  Too many laws and regulations and so on and so forth. 

Feb 13, 2009 05:02 AM #1
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Broker Nick
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This is Friday the 13th. Perfect day for the passage of this historic socialist package that will change America in one day as we know it.

Feb 13, 2009 05:16 AM #2
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Bob Southard
Atlas Realty Service, LLC - Kennesaw, GA
e-Pro - Cobb, Cherokee, North Fulton

David - So where do we start?  There are so many zeros that i can't do the math.  I think my family of 6 is going in to debt by about $180,000 as of today?

Nicholas - That is exactly what I am afraid of.

Feb 13, 2009 05:22 AM #3
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Kat Malone
Charlestown, MA

This is a great post. I think so many people yelled 'Change!" during the election that ehy didn't realize/take time to learn just what kind of change we're getting- change for the worse. But as a friend of mine said, "We had to have a Carter to get a Reagan." Times are gonna be tough and the government will probably resemble something from 1984, but America is still a great country and we'll prevail in the end, somehow. - Kat

Feb 13, 2009 09:01 AM #4
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Hugh Krone
Weichert Referral Associates - Hamburg, NJ
Realtor, Sussex County NJ
Bob, Its over , it lasted over 200 years but the principles this country was founded on and prospered upon have just been sold down the river.
Feb 13, 2009 11:29 AM #5
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Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Bob - great commercial for the fair tax, just as in the word equality, fair is used differently by democracy and socialism.

Let me add one more quote, if I may.

"The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of "liberalism," they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened!"

Norman Mattoon Thomas - 6 time socialist party candidate.

He later went on to say: "I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democrat Party has adopted our platform."

Feb 13, 2009 11:24 PM #6
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Bob Southard
Atlas Realty Service, LLC - Kennesaw, GA
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Kat- Agreed.  I thught we were all supposed to have time to look at this stimulus bill.  Wasn't that part of transparency in government?

Hugh - I just keep telling myself we had to have Carter to Get Reagan .... I don't think it's over yet but I firmly believe we are way down the very wrong path.

Mike - Great quote.  People need to speak up!

Feb 14, 2009 02:42 AM #7
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Mitchell J Hall
Compass - Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

We had to have Bush to get Obama.

Feb 14, 2009 10:44 PM #8
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Bob Southard
Atlas Realty Service, LLC - Kennesaw, GA
e-Pro - Cobb, Cherokee, North Fulton

Mitchell,

A valid point.  The past admistration, congress, and senate disregarded many of the conservative values that got them elected.

Feb 15, 2009 01:58 AM #9
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The question whether the American republic will endure or not, I would answer it might be possible. The US government is responsible for improving the GNH in its country. As stated by Med Yones, a global happiness coach, “mental and emotional well-being of citizens improves their performance and broadens the intellectual, physical and social resources of a nation”. It has been proven that citizens with better emotional and mental health are easier to relate to and work with, tend to be better decision makers, are more creative and outperform peers in problem-solving, innovation, persistence and productivity. For further details regarding the analysis visit the webpage http://www.iim-edu.org/grossnationalhappiness/index.htm
Feb 23, 2009 09:35 AM #10
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Nicole Weidauer
Keller Williams Greater Seattle - Shoreline, WA

How did this post not get more comments?! These are some very wise words and it's a shame that we are here wondering if we will have those freedoms we once had.

I think the most important thing we can and need to do is to stay educated. We need to stay on top of the news, read REAL news (unbiased from the mainstream garbage), and educate our fellow citizens. The problem isn't all on the government- the problem is we don't know any better. We aren't all in the know abotu what exactly is going on, because if we were, none of this nonsense would be going on. That is why it is vitally important that we gain more knowledge and teach our neighbors and friends. When we have a group of well educated people about the economy, government relations, etc.. then we have power. Power to tell our representatives that we will vote them out of office if they don't start working for us, REALLY working for us!

God Bless America, always and forever!!

Thanks for sharing, Nicole Weidauer

The Egerer & Weidauer Team, Keller Williams Realty Greater Seattle

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