With the Federal government's ever increasing tax burden upon citizens, as it tries to be all things to all people, and the increasing Federal laws which supplant those of the states and state's rights, which we haven't seen in many decades, does the following quotation seem applicable to us at the present time? "...this state is compelled today, for the sake of its' own existence, to amputate increasingly the sovereignty rights of the individual (states). For while squeezing the last drop of blood out of its' citizens by its' policy of financial extortion, it must inevitably also deprive them of their last rights..." It seems to me that the federal government has somewhere along the line forgotten that it is supposed to be the servant of the people and not the master. The complacency of the average citizen has allowed the federal government to obtain powers that were meant to be wielded by the individual states and has become an ever increasing behemoth that, not only has a life of its' own, but seems to exist merely for the sake of its' own existence and growth, regardless of its' effectiveness or lack thereof. Taking into account the fact that the United States has grown to a size, both in population and physical boundary, that the Founding Fathers would never have even imagined and that the many, many societal changes that have taken place in the last 200+ years, will the federal government continue to grow until it itself is the reason for our existence instead of the reverse? Will it continue to erode our individual rights as it attempts to insure "political correctness" for every little oppressed/wronged group that comes along? Will it continue to try and be the world's big brother and waste our tax dollars, time, and the lives of our armed forces on problems that have existed for centuries in other countries and will continue to exist long after the U.S. is no longer the greatest nation on Earth? We have allowed "it" to tell us where we can send our children to school, remember forced busing in the 60's? We have allowed "it" to take the god of the Founding Fathers and the majority of Americans out of our schools and forbid the celebration of religious holidays that are christian but at the same time allowed "foreign" deities and customs to be taught to our children in the name of political correctness. We have allowed "it" to tell us who we may or may not employe in our business by way of "quotas". We have allowed "it" to force the average citizen to pay into social security while the minions of the federal government have their own, better retirement plan. We have allowed "it" to defer the rights of the majority in order to appease the minority. I thought this was a country supposedly ruled by the majority and NOT the servant of the minority. We have allowed "it" to open our borders to millions of "undocumented workers"(the politicaly correct term for illegal aliens) that the American citizen supports through welfare programs. We have allowed "it" to blissfully waste tax dollars on rediculous government grants to study cow farts and fund artists who pee in a jar, drop a crucifix in it and call it art. We have allowed "it" to waste billions of dollars in foreign aid that never gets to the people of the countries we are trying to help but instead lines the pockets of the politicians. We have allowed "it" to continuously vote itself pay raises while getting very little back in return for our money. "It" operates with impunity and has forgotten its' purpose in life. The federal government was formed to serve the citizens of this country; we have done a complete turn-about and it is the citizens who serve the government and the ever growing number of minions called government employees who excell in wasting our tax dollars. Have we allowed it all to get so out of control that the genie can never be put back into the bottle? Are we to become subjects instead of citizens? America used to be a great country!!!