alleged abuse and/or neglect involving approximately 6 million children were made to local child protective services (CPS)
agencies across the country. An estimated 899,000 of these children were determined to be victims of abuse and/or neglect
(USDHHS, 2007). Of these, 16.6 percent were determined to be victims of physical abuse. Further, an estimated 1,460 children
died in 2005 as a result of child abuse and neglect (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2007).
“parents’ rights,” which would keep the government out of what they consider family business. On the left, the American Civil
Liberties Union (ACLU) rarely if ever takes the side of a child (unless it is the right of the child to speak in a public school) and
has increasingly taken up the cause of religious organizations.
It only remains now to speak of ecclesiastical principalities, touching which all difficulties are prior to getting possession,
because they are acquired either by capacity or good fortune, and they can be held without either; for they are sustained by the
ordinances of religion, which are so all-powerful, and of such a character that the principalities may be held no matter how their
princes behave and live. These princes alone have states and do not defend them, they have subjects and do not rule them; and
the states, although unguarded, are not taken from them, and the subjects, although not ruled, do not care, and they have neither
the desire nor the ability to alienate themselves. Such principalities only are secure and happy. But being upheld by powers, to
which the human mind cannot reach, I shall speak no more of them, because, being exalted and maintained by God, it would be
the act of a presumptuous and rash man to discuss them.
I hope this essay is sufficient to justify separate consideration of each object of the “blessings” goal of the preamble, without disrespect toward its authors, signers, or the ratifying voters in 1788.
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 Marci A. Hamilton. Justice Denied: What American Must Do to Protect its Children. Cambridge University Press. 2008. Page 111-2.
 Online at: www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/01/21/inaugural-address-president-barack-obama .
 James Q. Wilson. The Moral Sense. Free Press Paperbacks. 1993. 1997 ed. Page 195.
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 Abraham Lincoln. Gettysburg Address. 1863.
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