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THE ONLY FOUNDATION FOR DEMOCRACY

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Submitted by Susan Browne (United States), Oct 9, 2009 at 09:44

My dear Mr. Goldstein

There can be no democracy between two people if one of the two believes the other has no right to exist: much less life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Survival - vs - Democracy;

If my neighbor lobs grenades into my house, in our DEMOCRACY he forfiets his right to the vote and liberty. I am not asked to acceed property to him so that he will not feel bad and quit lobbing grenades into my house!!!

Beloved Jewish half-brother. The coffee is perfuming the kitchen: the policies of Neville Chamberlin won gas chambers for 6 million of you!! Please, let us reason together!!! DON'T BE NAIVE ENOUGH TO LET IT HAPPEN AGAIN!!! This time - we true Christians have your back - we will not be guilty of a holocaust of the 21st century! Lead us to a path of true peace - not appeasement of seriel killers!

THE ONLY FOUNDATION FOR DEMOCRACY

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security

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