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In scrolling through some of the posts on the Auburn Journal Web site, it is very evident that many people have a lack of historical perspective regarding the founding of this country. It seems that many have bought into governmental philosophies that are foreign to the concepts that have made this country great. Many modern ideas regarding socialistic policy prescriptions are philosophically opposed to what the founders intended when they drafted the U.S. Constitution. Samuel Adams once proclaimed “The utopian schemes of leveling (redistribution of wealth), and a community of goods (central ownership of all – the means of production and distribution), are as visionary and impracticable as those which vest all property in the Crown. These ideas are arbitrary, despotic, and, in our government, unconstitutional.” Socialism was a problem, even back in the 1700s, and the founders were fighting against it. There is an old saying that goes, “those who don’t learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.” Unfortunately, it appears that due to a poorly educated population, we may be on that track once again. Harry Deedle, Roseville