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Thank you for your reply.

With the greatest of respect, let me give you my view on your list of statements. While they may be legal, the question is are they constitutional?

Government is only a distinct military entity because the people allowed it to become military. Nowhere in the United States Constitution does it authorize the federal government to create a standing army. Keep in mind the limitations placed on the federal government. The federal government can maintain a Navy, this is all that is authorized. We the people allowed the federal government to maintain and expand a standing army. Thomas Jefferson is rolling over in his grave.

Dwight Eisenhower warned about the military industrial complex in 1960. The American people weren't paying attention. What you state is true when the people allow the federal government to expand its power beyond the confines of the Constitution.

The federal government can claim all the power it wishes, it's up to the people to stand up and see to it the federal government stays within its bounds.

The federal government governs the states, to make regular those disputes within the states. It grabbed the power to place regulations on the people of the states and the people allowed it. The 10th amendment is quite clear, "the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people." There are approximately 17 areas where the federal government can involve itself. You wouldn't know that looking at the behemoth its become. The people allowed this amendment to be ignored.

The only crime defined by the US constitution wherein the federal government can take a life is treason, with the structure in place to absolve or convict, called due process. Anything beyond treason is unconstitutional. The 16th and 17th amendments are unconstitutional. Where the people can modify or enhance the constitution by adding amendments, amendments that change the original constitution are unconstitutional. The federal government taxing the people directly is unconstitutional. Senators should not be voted on by the people, they should be picked by the legislatures of the states. The House represents the people, the Senate represents the states. We the people ignored this provision of the United States Constitution and now wonder why the legislative branch ignores us. I don't have to wonder why.

Corporations are created by successful people who have good ideas. The federal government has no authority to interject itself. There's nothing in the Constitution that gives the federal government the power. The authority under the commerce clause is to make trade among the states regular. Corporate, government partnerships lead to fascism. The people ignored this also.

As you may better understand my position at this point, I place a good deal of the blame on the people of the United States. They had the power to put the genie back in the bottle a while ago, and punted. We need to take responsibility for our own inaction.