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Millions of Americans realized we fell asleep at the political wheel and have taken responsibility for doing so-hence the coming together of the Tea Party-we know the only way to change our direction is to change our politicians. However, you have to be an informed and educated voter.
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The Mission of We the People, is to hold our elected servants in both state and federal governments accountable to the United States Constitution and the laws made pursuance thereof, and to that end, make every effort to educate Americans to their heritage, which is based on Judeo/Christian principles, and found in the Declaration of Independence, and the explanatory writings of the Founding Fathers and Framer's of the Constitution.
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Well, here we are at last. Federal District Judge William Quarles has shown his ignorance of the federal and Maryland Constitutions (that he’s sworn to “protect, preserve, and defend”), by “ruling” that those Constitutions (the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and Articles 10 and particularly Article 36 of the Maryland Constitution’s Declaration of Rights, respectively, dealing with freedom of speech and religion) don’t really say what they plainly say, i.e., that Carroll’s Commissioners may not be prohibited from “making reference to belief in, reliance upon, or invoking the aid of God or a Supreme Being in any governmental or public document, proceeding, activity, ceremony, school institution, or place.” (Ratified Nov. 3, 1970)
But Judge Quarles appears to be typical of today’s breed: trained in case law precedent, not the federal or State Constitution itself; familiar in practice with only case law precedent, not constitutional law and its underpinnings; placed in position (as is today’s practice) not based on any allegiance to either Constitution, but to one’s political party’s current doctrine; and with a bench record that makes him attractive to plaintiff lawyers who “judge-shop” for those more malleable to preference than to principle.
In case you somehow missed it, Judge Quarles has “ruled” that the perverted version of Separation of Church and State, i.e., Church from State, bars the mention of “Jesus” by Carroll County Commissioners in the performance of their official duties. (Whether that umbrella eventually extends into their private lives, we shall see – but don’t be surprised.)
That this so-called Separation clause isn’t actually in either Constitution doesn’t deter those whose agenda is, to quote the plaintiffs’ lawyer, to force the Commissioners (and the rest of us, as well?) to “worship in their homes and in their churches’’ -- but apparently not to live, and live up to, their faith in public.
Over 2,000 years ago, Cicero warned us about “The Enemy Within.” That Enemy is here – not merely on the doorstep, but in the kitchen, stirring the pot and forcing their stew on us. The genius of the Framers (for those who know or care to know about the foundations on which the greatest governance document in history was built) was less that they recognized our right to individual freedom of religion and its practice, but that no one – and especially Government – had any authority to usurp it. This ruling destroys that Constitutional right – exactly as does the so-called Affordable Care Act in forcing employers to pay for employees’ abortion or their induction – and once-free American citizens of conscience to pay for them with their tax dollars.
Another part of the genius of the Framers was that they carried forward into the Constitution (as did Maryland, once) much of English common law – specifically aimed at enabling the common people to protect themselves against tyranny – by “nullifying” bad law and bad/improper decisions by the courts, elected officials, even the Crown. Our entire framework of justice is based on the ultimate power of we, the people, to judge what is right, what is wrong, and what is either just plain stupid or intentionally so. (Charles Dickens’ famous Mr. Bumble comes to mind.)
But we have what we have. Judge Quarles’ decision is clearly based on neither the federal nor the State constitutions, but one of only two things:
1. He actually believes that the Federal and State constitutions don’t mean what they clearly say – and therefore has no intention of following them; or
2. He fears the consequences of violating the primacy of precedent that he has apparently chained himself (and his freedom of thought) to – quite the irony, what?
Now it’s up to us, we whom the Framers recognized as the ultimate arbiters of right vs. wrong, good vs. bad, wise vs. stupid. At the risk of incurring the judge’s wrath – or anyone else’s – I close by referencing Joshua: 24-15, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
(And those who wish to deny me that right and duty can take it up with God, come their Judgment Day!)
Last Updated (Sunday, 30 March 2014 20:26)