- Feb 4, 2007
Individual freedom or collective rights. Which concept was at the heart of this country's founding?
Either way, the two are no mutually exclusive of each other in my opinion. We can have both. We have collective rights, that ensure our individual freedoms.
Totally irrelevent to the rights of Americans. If you feel a US company is violating the rights of people in other countries, take it up with the countries who's laws the American companies are following. In most cases, American companies treat their employees in foreign countries with far more dignity and respect than the government those employees live under.Your last statement is an interesting one considering how US companies behave around the world.
BTW if your twleve year old asks for a pair of Nikes why not tell her she is old enough to make her own.
How would you feel if she was working full time in a Nike factory at the age of 12?
Notice that government is charged with PROVIDING common defense while limited to PROMOTING the general welfare. People like yourself have ignored the meaning of these two words in order to PROVIDE general welfare and its going to be the downfall of America.America was founded on several principles. Liberty (freedom) is stated in the Constitution as are references to both common (group) defence and general (general meaning everyone's) Welfare.
The Preamble states:
“ We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Pure pablum... Not since the landing on Plymouth Rock have "MOST" Americans lived and worked on farms. People that bother learning their history know this... our small settlements had grown to bustling towns and major cities by the time the founders penned the constitution. Merchants thrived in the new world. They were able to quickly earn enough to open shops, establish trade routes and hire employees to move society away from being a purely agrarian one, to a truly capitalist society.It's also always important to remember that times change and national circumstances evolve over hundreds of years. What might have worked fairly well when most Americans lived and worked on farms does not necessarily correlate over well to the needs of a mostly urban business or industrial nation of today.