Hello Everyone, I am grateful for the chance to post to a message board. I appreciate the opportunity to articulate my points of view and to see how others view the world. I am idealogically conservative, but I recognize that not everyone feels the same way. The idea that local governments can be taylored to meet the interests of their consitutuencies is something I think is fundamental to America. For that reason I am huge believer in local control and the 10th amendment. Not to deter government intervention so much as to allow it at different levels depending upon what the local population (and that can be defined as an entire state) is interested in. While I may not be as versed in history as I would like, I realize that our federal government is vectored in a way that is different from what I believe the founders intended. Not that the founders "trumph". We have definitely changed the way we do things. And if things can change, we can (if we want to) change them to the the type of arrangment we are most interested in (understanding that "we" is as local as "we" can get). But we should do it in an orderly fashion. We have an electoral process and elected officials. They are the ones, I believe, who are responsible for making those changes. They are accountable to us through the electoral process. I am not a fan of the courts or the use of the courts to "right the wrongs" of society. Many judges, especially members of the Supreme Court, are not accountable to the people for their decisions. Enough for my ideology. When it comes to public debate, I appreciate a well reasonsed argument and try to sort through posts to achieve that. However, I sometimes fall into the same trap I accuse others of and focus on things besides the arguments at hand. I hope to be better disciplined here. Well,....talk is cheap. Thanks for letting me post.