I’ll leave it up to Jeff the Baptist to go into further detail, but it should be obivous that citizens who can’t defend themselves are easy targets for those who seek to restrict their rights.
Thousands of Marine families who lived at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina over three decades drank and bathed in water contaminated with toxins as much as 40 times over today’s safety standard.
As many as 1 million people were exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, according to a document from a federal health agency disclosed at Tuesday’s congressional hearing. That figure is significantly higher than previous estimates. The document estimated the number of residents exposed to such chemicals while living at each of nine U.S. military sites, including Camp Lejeune.
The House Energy and Commerce panel described the sickened Marines as “poisoned patriots.”
My father was stationed at Camp Lejeune for the first year of my life. Some might say that explains a lot. I’m not sure if I lived at the neighborhood actually affected or not, though.
“The apportionment of taxes on the various descriptions of property is an act which seems to require the most exact impartiality; yet there is, perhaps, no legislative act in which greater opportunity and temptation are given to a predominant party to trample on the rules of justice. Every shilling which they overburden the inferior number is a shilling saved to their own pockets.”
— James Madison (Federalist No. 10, 23 November 1787)
Reference: Madison, Federalist No. 10