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Ben Voigt
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Rainbow logo and associated message do not reflect my views, they've been unilaterally placed next to my name by Stack Exchange, Inc. Currently seeing what can be done about this, discussion at http://meta.stackoverflow.com/q/298004/103167

Since Stack Exchange has effectively turned my profile page into a political platform without my foreknowledge or consent, I feel obligated to share my own views:

An oligarchy of five justices setting policy for the entire USA is not the government the Constitution guarantees, and it's not the one we want. Not everything President Gerald Ford said was very smart or worth repeating, but this is

A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.

The USA was designed as a Constitutional Republic, with checks-and-balances between the branches of the federal government, and also division of power between federal state and local governments. (And these are explicitly required by the plain language of the Constitution) All government officials need to stay within the authority granted to them by the Constitution, especially when that means they can't do whatever they want.

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