Ageless Wisdom Of The Founders
Speaking at the annual conference of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy declared the reason he serves as the Supreme Court’s “swing” vote. He considers the U.S. Constitution “a flawed document” susceptible to interpretation.
The framers, Kennedy said, “were wise enough to know that they could not foresee the injustices” of the future, “so they used general language.” He believes the framers wanted principles that could be reinterpreted by justices of the future.
In Colonial America it was common for British soldiers, tax collectors and other representatives of the Crown to obtain a writ of assistance giving them the authority to enter any home, business or ship at any time of the day or night in search of contraband goods or to interrogate the residents and owners over payment of taxes or for almost any other reason.
Writs of assistance were very vague search warrants, and it was a simple procedure to obtain them. They could be had for any reason or no reason from the Colonial governor or from judges — all of whom held their positions at the whim of the King of England.
It’s an interesting exercise to consider what the Founding Fathers would think of the Bundy ranch/Bureau of Land Management standoff. After all, the Founders are long gone. But we do have their writings and their recorded quotations from which to glean their wisdom.
Among the grievances cited in the Declaration of Independence were: “He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out our substance. He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our Legislatures.” What better description is there of the BLM and its enforcers — not to mention the myriad other unConstitutional alphabet soup agencies that now have their own military enforcement arm?
As was the case during the brouhaha over whether a bakery or photographer can deny service to a potential patron if doing so violates the owners’ religious beliefs, so has the debate raged over Hobby Lobby’s efforts to exempt itself from providing emergency contraceptive (abortion) coverage for its employees.
In all these cases, government is attempting to provide rights that do not exist to one group over the rights of Christians who choose not to violate their own beliefs.
In the early morning hours of April 19, 1775, English Gen. Thomas Gage’s troops moved toward Concord, Mass., in an effort to capture guns, gunpowder and lead stored there.
When they reached Lexington, Mass., those troops were met by about 60 to 70 Minutemen mustered in response to reports the British troops were advancing. The Minutemen were told to stand fast, not firing but not cowering in the face of what was considered the mightiest army of the day.
The decline of America’s moral fabric has accelerated in recent years and is visible for all to see. It has not occurred in a vacuum.
It is evidenced in the increasing amount of random crime, the promotion of immorality by the government and the media, and the direct attacks by them on faith and the Christian religion.
President Barack Obama’s entire narrative is a lie, so it’s not surprising that he would lie about his signature legislation from the time of its conception until it was finally exposed a few months ago. His “If you like your healthcare you can keep it” even earned for him the title of the world’s bigger whopper by PolitiFact.
But the healthcare lie is just one of many told by the undocumented usurper currently occupying the people’s house. Lying, it seems, has become his first nature.
During the Philadelphia Convention, the Constitutional framers sought to create a check against the potential excess of “mob” rule and legislative tyranny emanating from the House and the executive branch. They also wanted to give the States the ability to check Federal power.
Remember that the Founders considered themselves citizens of their States first and a general government or nation second.
The Federal government has spent about $3.7 trillion on various welfare programs over the past five years. This is combined with more than $200 billion in welfare programs contributed by the States.
According to a recent CATO study, the average household in the District of Columbia receiving the six largest benefits received Federal welfare with a cash value of $43,000 per year. In Hawaii, a family receiving the same benefits would have received $49,000. Not even socialist Great Britain paid out that much in comparable benefits per family.
The Obamacare deathcare system is a trap designed to force Americans into a socialized system of “medicine” with limited choices and limited resources that benefits only the medical industrial establishment.
Freedom of choice in healthcare matters is a natural right; and under Obamacare, your freedom to choose the method of treatment for your particular ailment will not exist. If government is controlling the money, government will decide the treatment modalities that are “approved” and, therefore, allowed.