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Are you educated enough to vote?

By From page A8 | August 18, 2014

The nation’s Founding Fathers were concerned whether citizens were educated enough to maintain a republic. History proves those citizens were equipped. Principles of the republic were not violated for 150 years. Alexis de Tocqueville, a French political activist, toured 17 of the 24 states for a year in 1831 and wrote extensively about the strong participation of citizens in governmental affairs.

The U.S. Constitution was drafted, after detailed historical study, with property rights and personal freedom being paramount. During the 18th century, European states were beginning to implement socialist, or redistribution of wealth from rich to poor, theories, but that required taking liberties and was rejected from the draft.

English colonists had learned early the need for leadership and personal responsibility. Capt. John Smith was elected president of the Jamestown, Virginia colony to replace the non-leadership of Miles Standish, who had seen two-thirds of the 104 colonists perish. Captain Smith’s leadership inspired growing of crops that emphatically reduced the death rate and implemented common sense regulations such as, “. . . he that will not work shall not eat . . .”

The Constitution was written primarily to protect individual liberty. Only 16 enumerated powers requiring national enforcement were granted to the Congress; all other power was reserved for the states and the people. Individual states were expected to be laboratories for other states to observe.

The results are definitive. Unfortunately, some states do not learn from the obvious evidence. The worst states for economic performance in 2001-11 as measured by American Legislative Exchange Council, from the bottom were Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey, Illinois, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, California, Missouri and Wisconsin. These states also led in number of people and businesses exiting their states. California by 2013 had dropped to number 47.

In the 1930s, the Constitution’s implied powers clause was redefined to remove almost all federal limits, enabling the federal government to redistribute wealth. Interestingly, America was warned of the danger in 1790 by professor Alexander Tyler, a Scottish historian: “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury.”

Check progress of the nation since “progressive” money redistribution.

Near the end of the Great Depression in May 1939, Henry Morgenthau, secretary of the Treasury for President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work. . . . After eight years of this administration, we have just as much unemployment as when we started . . . and an enormous debt to boot!”

President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty, commenced in 1967, has since spent trillions of dollars and not decreased the poverty in the country by a single percent. Beginning 30 years ago, the Head Start program commenced with annual government costs of millions of dollars. Many studies since have unanimously reported that benefits initially noted in the children are lost within three years.

Beginning in 2008, $8 trillion was spent on stimulus programs for the Great Recession under Republican and Democratic parties and produced the slowest recession recovery in history. Compare this to recessions under Warren G. Harding, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, each who rejected Keynesian stimulus concepts and established prompt recession recoveries.

All programs were paid with inflated dollars. A 1787 dollar, also worth a dollar in 1913, is now worth 2 cents.

Ask your representative to explain his or her support for these progressive programs that have built a $17 trillion debt for our grandchildren while producing few measurable results. Apologize to your children, then vote Nov. 4 for a replacement.

Earl Heal is a Vacaville resident and member of The Right Stuff Committee, a committee of the Solano County Republican Party. Reach him at [email protected]

Earl Heal


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  • Mike KirchubelAugust 18, 2014 - 6:17 am

    Wow, what a load. Where to start... How about the "$8 trillion was spent on stimulus programs for the Great Recession." Care to provide any "facts" to support that claim? A better title would have been: "Are you educated enough to write an article?" Again, I'm not seeing any reference to Fairfield in these "Fox News" columns.

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  • DanielAugust 18, 2014 - 7:11 am

    Mikie total today the costs of the Great Society (welfare), Americorp, the Porkulous "jobs" program (outsourcing jobs to China with us being stuck with the Bill), the Housing stimulus(paying buyers $8,000 each to buy a home courtesy of tax payers), the junk for cars ( outsourcing jobs to Japan leaving us with the bill) and corporate welfare for campaign donations to Solyndra, Punluc unions, AIG, and the big banks all if this being accomplished mostly by the party of the poor (lol) and the total of $8 trillion over the years might be to small.

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  • rlw895August 18, 2014 - 7:15 am

    Sure we are, Mike. This is another free ad for John Garamendi's opponent.

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  • Tired-of-itAugust 18, 2014 - 7:37 am

    Well, Mike it would appear once again you're not educated enough to respond without being juvenile. Let me come down to your level and say, the only load is that pile between your ears. Now, I have to return to being an adult. Try it sometime.

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  • HeeHawAugust 18, 2014 - 9:18 am

    Don't step in that pile of kirchubel!

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  • Mr. SmithAugust 18, 2014 - 6:04 pm

    Charades! Guess who I am: I label the info provided by Mr. Heal a "pile," and "misinformation." But I don't say how I came to that conclusion, making only some lame challenge to the $8 trillion figure without a counter-figure of my own to set the record straight. I do this same, repetitive drill pretty much every week to my fellow columnists, complaining about how dum (sic) we all get when we read their columns. Who am I?

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  • The SugarJarAugust 18, 2014 - 6:16 pm

    i dont think thats how charades is played, Mr. Smith.

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  • Mr. SmithAugust 18, 2014 - 7:07 pm

    TSJ: Well, perhaps you are right. I guess I really don't know for sure how charades is played, but if you understood my point, a successful communication took place. Whether or not you agree.

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  • The SugarJarAugust 18, 2014 - 7:53 pm

    well i knew what answer would get me points, Mr. Smith

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  • DanielAugust 18, 2014 - 6:24 am

    The extent of "progressive" education and what they've been instructed to parrot " the GOP is for the rich" " The 1%ers Obama, Rangel, Reid, Pelosi, Soros are for the poor", "the GOP wants to take away women's condoms", "they have no compassion because they don't want open borders" and "Sarah Pailn is stupid because Russia can be seen from Alaska" and "Bush lied to make Halibutton rich"

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  • rlw895August 18, 2014 - 8:24 am

    If that were all true, everyone would agree with you.

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  • Mike KirchubelAugust 18, 2014 - 6:26 am

    I see you are not shy about using ALEC, the corporate lobby, as a source for "your" ideas. That puts things into perspective. What do you propose to take the place of democracy? A corporo-feudalistic theocracy?

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  • Teach5thAugust 18, 2014 - 7:00 am

    Thanks so much for your typical response to any column which counters your beliefs, Mike. If you have other "facts" at your disposal, please share.

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  • mike kirchubelAugust 18, 2014 - 8:28 am

    5th, yes i do not wish to be ruled by the wealthy and their corporations.

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  • ?August 19, 2014 - 7:16 am

    Yes, we want to be ruled by prominent Liberal supporters like George Soros and Michael Bloomberg and the off shore Chinese companies under the Control of Daine Feinstein's husband.

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  • Time For TruthAugust 18, 2014 - 7:02 am

    Yes, I am educated enough to vote, Earl... and smart enough to know the value (if any) of doing so. The Constitution, Earl, is a fraud and worthless document and concept... unless your aim is to hoodwink the populace. Proof? Yes... the Constitution either allows for the kind of dictatorial government we have now or is too impotent to prevent it. The dictatorial government allows you certain privileges via the Constitution. God has given you unalienable rights and responsibilities. If you must rely upon the government to give you rights or to acknowledge your rights, then you have NO rights, Earl. Yes, Earl... I am educated enough to vote and I know that any vote cast for anything other than extremely local concerns is only my tacit support of their Constitutional fraud.

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  • Rick WoodAugust 18, 2014 - 8:22 am

    How would you amend the Constitution? I'm not one who thinks it's perfect, but a "fraud?" I don't think so.

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  • Time For TruthAugust 18, 2014 - 9:34 am

    "Amend" it? No... need to get rid of it. Replace it with what? A number of the original state's founding documents gave us a great examples of what worked... and worked for over a century. Even the Articles of Confederation were a much better arrangement for individual states to come together when needed. What did the Constitution change? It created a strong, dictatorial government that continues to diminish individual state power. Oh, and it was created in fraud; no one at the convention had authority to extinguish the Articles of Confederation nor to create a whole new law-of-the-land... and it was all done with the doors locked and blinds drawn. A den of conspirators you call our Founding Fathers. BS!

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  • Rick WoodAugust 18, 2014 - 2:53 pm

    Given that both major parties like to claim the Constitution is on their side, you must belong to neither.

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  • Time For TruthAugust 18, 2014 - 5:27 pm

    That's true. I don't willingly participate in the dialectic.

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  • truth'nAugust 18, 2014 - 8:10 am

    Wonderful, thought provoking and information filled article. Thank You.

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  • rlw895August 18, 2014 - 8:28 am

    Yes! Let the thinking begin.

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  • Mike KirchubelAugust 18, 2014 - 5:05 pm

    RLW, Thinking is now harder to do. We are all dummer having read this pile. Where is the oversight here? Can right wingers write anything they want in this space, no matter the facts? On the other hand, given this level of jaw-dropping misinformation, it's certainly an advertisement to vote Progressive.

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  • CD BrooksAugust 18, 2014 - 8:21 am

    I think the question should have been "are you educated enough to vote Republican? " Your evidence is suggesting that is the required alternative, yet there is zero value in your article. I don't believe you've made your case but then again this little gang of GOP-apologist writers always say the exact same thing.

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  • Dave ShreeveAugust 18, 2014 - 9:13 am

    Fact Check here. Capt. John Smith had absolutely nothing to do with the Plymouth Plantation that Miles Standish was the Governor of. Smith was in Virginia, hundreds of miles away. However, the Plymouth Plantation did start out using what could be called a communistic system in that everyone contributed to the communal store and everyone was able to take out something from it. Later they went to a free enterprise system where you grew or made what you wanted, sold the surplus, or if you just sat around and did nothing, you got nothing. Productivity increased greatly after adopting the latter plan.

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  • PornacAugust 18, 2014 - 10:37 am

    Let them go hungry and live under the bridges. Get rid of the minimum wage too so the wealthy can get richer.

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  • Larry WAugust 18, 2014 - 6:55 pm

    P. I want the minimal wage low so that entry positions can be available for young people to start their work careers. I would hope that you would not want for a starting position to become a permanent one. A lifetime working in fast food...yuck!

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  • JimboAugust 18, 2014 - 11:48 am

    All that to say that you do not actually believe in democracy near as much as you do corporatocracy. The condescending soap box you stand on is not an actual education.

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  • The Secret History of America..... Once again there was a duality, a dark side....follow the money, very illuminatingAugust 18, 2014 - 12:54 pm


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  • http://www.silverbearcafe.com/private/rothschild.htmlAugust 18, 2014 - 1:02 pm

    google....The Illuminati and the House of Rothschild Johnny Silver Bear

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  • Rick WoodAugust 18, 2014 - 3:03 pm

    OK, let's think about the first paragraph. The Framers were concerned about democracy--they didn't trust it or want it. So they gave us a republic with voting rights to be determined by the states. Education had less to do with it than being a free adult male, and sometimes also a property-owner. Over time, that has changed to be more democratic. But education still has less to do with it than other characteristics. Montesquieu called the most desirable characteristic for a republic "virtue," and the Framers really absorbed Montesquieu. You don't have to be highly educated to be virtuous.

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  • Larry WAugust 18, 2014 - 6:59 pm

    I would prefer to only have people vote who are employed or have had a job. That way the leech class can't vote in their own benefits.

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  • JagAugust 18, 2014 - 7:47 pm

    Are we in recovery? I haven`t noticed

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  • Rick WoodAugust 18, 2014 - 8:57 pm

    Now let's think about the second paragraph. I think it's ahistorical. There was no socialism going on in Europe in the 18th century. Maybe Earl meant the 1800s, but that would defeat the point of the paragraph. Individual freedom and property rights were important to the Framers, but they weren't paramount in their minds. Replacing the Articles of Confederation with something better was. The Constitution didn't contain a bill of rights as drafted. Those were added by amendment as a necessary condition to obtain ratification. In fact, the Constitution was ratified and the first congress in place before the Bill of Rights--the first 10 amendments--were drafted and approved. The Constitution provided a new governmental structure and said very little about individual liberty and property rights.

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  • Time For TruthAugust 19, 2014 - 6:31 am

    Thank you for supporting truth!

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  • Rick WoodAugust 19, 2014 - 7:37 am

    Dave Shreeve covers the failings of the third paragraph. I would only add that economic systems evolve with time and circumstances. A wealthy nation does not let it's citizens die unnecessarily.

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  • Rick WoodAugust 19, 2014 - 7:40 am

    As for the fourth paragraph, the Constitution was not "written primarily to protect individual liberty." I was written to protect states' rights while forming a more powerful federal government. Individual liberty came later.

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  • Rick WoodAugust 19, 2014 - 7:44 am

    The fifth paragraph provides "obvious" evidence of what? Not so obvious, is it?

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  • Rick WoodAugust 19, 2014 - 8:10 am

    The sixth paragraph in a jumble of misinformation. Implied powers have been part of constitutional legal doctrine since 1819 and John Marshall's McCulloch v. Maryland decision. It was the broader interpretation of the interstate commerce power that happened in the 1930s. Up until then, the Court had taken the position that congress could pass no law that violated principle of free market enterprise. But even before that, it was well established that congress had the power to redistribute wealth by taxation and spending. There are very few Americans who, if they knew the history, would want to return to Court interpretations of the Commerce Clause, though the Court took a step in that direction in its recent decision upholding ObamaCare using the taxing power rather than the power to regulate interstate commerce. That was one price if Roberts' vote.

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  • Rick WoodAugust 19, 2014 - 8:24 am

    Also in the sixth paragraph, I've already pointed out that the Framers didn't trust democracy. That's why they gave us a republic with checks and balances. Over time, we've made it as democratic as we can. But it's true that for a republic to survive, the voters must be people of virtue, and that's harder to do the more democratic the republic. On that, Earl and I agree. Being virtuous means, among other things, being able to distinguish right from wrong. I've pointed out a lot if what is wrong with this column. Doing my best.

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  • Rick WoodAugust 19, 2014 - 8:35 am

    As for the seventh paragraph and beyond, yes indeed, do "check progress of the nation since 'progressive' money redistribution," which according to Earl started in the 1930s. The USA has actually done pretty well. But if redistribution if wealth were our objective, we've been failing since the Reagan years. The problem is deeper and more complex than Earl's examples show. And what DO they show?

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