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Constitutional question
09/18/12 at 09:25:36
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Is there anything in our constitution that would prevent 55% of the people from voting in leaders that would require the 45% to give away virtually all their money to the 55%. Is the complete redistubution of wealth possible under the constitution.

If so, I think this is wrong. It is wrong for one person to take money from another person just because we have the power to do it. We call it stealing, and that is stealing by any other name.
  

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Re: Constitutional question
Reply #1 - 09/18/12 at 20:15:28
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joshhuntnm wrote on 09/18/12 at 09:25:36:
Is there anything in our constitution that would prevent 55% of the people from voting in leaders that would require the 45% to give away virtually all their money to the 55%. Is the complete redistubution of wealth possible under the constitution.

If so, I think this is wrong. It is wrong for one person to take money from another person just because we have the power to do it. We call it stealing, and that is stealing by any other name.

I’d say first of all what you are talking about here is what the Founders called democracy.  Franklin said, “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.”  The Founders instead created a republic which is a governing system not based on majority rule, but instead on the rule of law created to protect the rights of the individual. 

So to answer your question - no, the Constitution does not allow for what you are speaking of.  The problem is that today our politicians are no longer being restricted by constitutional law.  They are pretty much doing what they believe the majority will reward them for in the way of re-election.
  
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Re: Constitutional question
Reply #2 - 10/07/12 at 11:06:31
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The Founders feared that that could happen, and tried to fashion a government which could best resist making the people the victim of the tyranny of the majority.  The Constitution was crafted to limit the possibility that in a country which was founded on the concept of personal freedom, there would ever be a majority strong enough to sink the ship.  

Our experience with a lax immigration policy, a power-hungry president and a corrupt Senate Majority Leader has brought us perilously close to that political catastrophe.  The final test will come in less than a month from now.
  
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Re: Constitutional question
Reply #3 - 12/02/12 at 12:27:41
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joshhuntnm wrote on 09/18/12 at 09:25:36:
Is there anything in our constitution that would prevent 55% of the people from voting in leaders that would require the 45% to give away virtually all their money to the 55%. Is the complete redistubution of wealth possible under the constitution.

If so, I think this is wrong. It is wrong for one person to take money from another person just because we have the power to do it. We call it stealing, and that is stealing by any other name.

There was originally, Article I, Section 9, "No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, [unless in Proportion to the Census or enumeration herein before directed to be taken].
The 16th Amendment allowed for the Federal government to reinterpret the Constitution in many ways different from how it was originally meant to be applied. Add in the 17th Amendment, and the 10th Amendment was all but made null and void.

Repealing both the 16th and 17th Amendments are a good place to start in restoring our government.
  
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