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Redistribution of Wealth Unconstitutional - Addendum

Two readers both commented that Glenn Beck and I do not know our "Common Sense" by Thomas Paine. I guess my reference at the end of the article may have seemed like I was referring to him in the article. I was not. I just said read Common Sense. Thomas Paine was an active patriot, but he did not sign the Declaration of Independence, even though he may have given input to the founders,

James Madison (who did sign the Declaration and also had much input to the Constitution and the Amendment) said Government is instituted to protect property of every sort.... This being the end of government, that alone is not a just government....nor is property secure under it, where the property which a man has in his personal safety and personal liberty is violated by arbitrary seizures of one class of citizens for the service of the rest.

The Supreme Court declared:  No man would become a member of a community in which he could not enjoy the fruits of his honest labor and industry.The preservation of property, then, is a primary object of the social compact.......  The legislature therefore, had no authority to make an act divesting one citizen of his freehold, and vesting it in another, without a just compensation. It is inconsistent with the principles of reason, justice and moral rectitude; it is incompatible with the comfort, peace and happiness of mankind; it is contrary to the principles of social alliance in every free government and lastly, IT IS CONTRARY TO THE LETTER AND SPIRIT OF THE CONSTITUTION.  (2 Dall 304, 310 {Pa. 1795} It just makes common sense unless you are a Marxist.

Comments

  • Mark Anderson 5 years ago

    Mr. Roman,
    Apparently neither Glenn Beck or you know your Thomas Paine. Look up Agrarian Justice by Mr. Paine, it calls for redistribution of wealth, pensions, etc. I'm sure you'll like it. By the way, read Thomas Jefferson's letter to John Adams, Oct. 18, 1813, it will remind you that these people, our founding fathers, were revolutionaries.

  • The Beagle 5 years ago

    Mr. Anderson - you beat me to it.

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