"However, I fear that the original intent of the founders is ever increasingly fading from public policy, as Government powers and responsibilities grow, while the people forget the civic virtues that made this country great."
Before my work continues in supplying the demand requested, and doing so accurately, despite all the powers aligned against uncovering the facts, I will offer a competitive perspective on this "Essay" project.
As if being handed a script, then memorizing the part to be acted out, this Essay may earn the applicant a place in the Monopoly Power Structure, effectively joining in on all the crime made legal, due to the original, critical, error of judgement.
So...if that is the goal, consciously, or subconsciously, the "Essay" will work as written, it seems to me, so if that is the goal then congratulations, your part is played well enough in my opinion, as far as I've read to this moment.
The original intent of the so called Federalists, with Alexander Hamilton as the shinning example, was to Monopolize POWER, or CONTROL, over all those within reach of their POWER to do so at the time, as in George Washington's own stated confession, himself a member of the "Federalist" gang of frauds: "the want of experience to move upon a large scale".
The original intent was to seize POWER and again in GW's own words: To crush "so fatal a spirit" as the Spirit of Liberty.
The context is nearly self-explanatory, but probably not for someone infected with the original "confidence" in their understanding of actual history.
The usurpation, to put it accurately, is working very well, as intended, from The Aliens and Sedition Acts to The War on Terror, and from Legalized Slavery, with Fugitive Slave "Laws", to "Extraordinary Rendition", things are moving as well as can be predicted by any reasonable, moral, person.
"The rights of conscience, trial by jury, liberty of the press, all your immunities and franchises, all pretensions to human rights and privileges, are rendered insecure, if not lost, by this change, so loudly talked of by some, and inconsiderately by others."
So, plainly, your "Essay" is mere parroting of lies, and for what?
You tell me, please.
"Over the first one hundred years of existence, our nation generally followed the guidelines of constitutionally limited government, and it saw a period of growth in the economy and in an intellectual awakening of the likes of which the world had never seen before."
No, again the facts are not panning out, that which could have been was not, and that which was, in piles of bodies of innocent people, counts for something, and the numbers are accounted, by many more people than one.
Here are two good sources:
Had The Articles of Confederation NOT been thrown out and replaced with Consolidated Government, for one thing, the slaves could find sanctuary in non-slave "State", and the "Federal" employees were not allowed, at least in the Shays's Rebellion precedent, allowed to recapture them, returning them to their "masters", which means, in legal terms, the government IS criminal.
If your viewpoint, pointed out in your "essay", intends to account all the good things done by productive people to the "government" knowable as The Federal Government, then such a viewpoint would require some very fancy accounting work, which, in my opinion, begs the answer.
By which accounting do you credit the government for productive work done by productive people?
"Under a free and limited government, our society flourished, but, undermined through apathy, the all-important Constitutional principle became neglected as Washington politicians eagerly attained unconstitutional powers and responsibilities under the guise of helping the needy."
Wrong again, as it was those Federalists, so called, who promised to give credit to those who already won that credit, claiming of the need for this National Debt, as the vehicle by which confidence in that pyramid scheme was earned, falsely, and had the dupes not been so well taken over, what could have been done, instead of steady march into absolute despotism warned of by Patrick Henry and others?
No one has a clue?
[Communities began to lose sight of the importance of responsibility and developed a dependency on the Government for daily needs, as more and more tyrannical Government power grabs were deemed “necessary and proper.”]
Which people are being held to account for the perpetual crimes committed since 1788, crimes made legal?
A look in the mirror may be a good idea, again, it seems to me.
I've been wrong often, but the Topic solicits critical review, and I am supplying a competitive offering to meet that demand.
"Now, our Government controls many aspects of our lives, from our education to our healthcare and our retirement."
You may want to check out the work being done by people such as Carl Miller.
Self-government means something or it means nothing?
"We are increasingly being forced to act as supplicants rather than customers for many of these essential services."
What is the force you speak about, and can that force be measured, and may it be a good idea to consider, while looking in the mirror, that the force in question is falsehood, and that force resides inside each individual.
“It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and money system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.” Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company.
I can go on, but this current effort may already be precisely not that which was demanded in fact.
I don't know.
I can guess.
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