We don't need socialism... We have the ideal form of government... as long as we keep our checks and balances checked and balanced... When Congress or the President tries to step in and virtually alter our Constitutional rights, we are the ones with the power to disallow it. The problem is that we do not accept the responsibility with which we have been charged... the operation, maintenance and policing of our own government. We are rather passive about it, and elect politicians as fire-and-forget officials...taking them at their word that they will deliver what they promise, so why constantly police them? We don't manage them like we should because we foolishly assume they'll look out for us if left to their own devices. As a result, we have to rely on good faith that every American does their part to speak their voice. When the majority, however, seeks to silence the minority by systematically destroying their civil and constitutional rights, we are on dangerous ground. If the Constitution is to be respected and remain valid as law binding upon the people of this nation, we must adhere to its most basic principle... that any freedom afforded to the majority must also be afforded to the minority. Some would term this a paraphrasing of the "Golden Rule". It is represented by the Ninth and Tenth Amendments... in that nowhere in the Ninth or Ten Amendments are those powers and rights reserved by the people delegated to a particular group of people. Amendment IX The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people. Amendment X 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. If a minority responds to government by claiming that a freedom is not being afforded them, it deserves investigation. The checks and balances of our Constitution then put the burden of proof on the majority... to demonstrate that the freedom being refused to the minority is also being refused to the majority. For example: If the minority claims that "In God We Trust" is excluding their beliefs, then the majority should prove that "In God We Trust" excludes their beliefs as well. This is the ultimate test of our freedoms.