What They Said v. What They Meant

What They Said v. What They Meant

On the matter of authority.  Once again the Court seizes power not necessiarily granted it under the Federal Constitution (as it did under Marbury v. Madison).  I speak of the intervention of the Court to block POTUS’ travel ban on people coming to America from certain countries, identified by the previous administration as states friendly to promoting terrorism around the globe.  In the twisted logic of this branch challenge, the court wants to apply what POTUS was thinking prior to his taking of office in order to validate -or invalidate- his Constitutional executive order.

If this argument holds true, then will the redefinition by the Federal bench of the Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause, commonly called “separation of church and state” also be called into question?  While the ACLU might argue what the founders of the nation meant, here is what they said, and their words are the best indicator of what they were thinking since at the time the words were put to paper, they were original thoughts on founding a new nation.

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

— John Adams, 1798 address to military

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens.”

— George Washington, Farewell Address

“I have lived, Sir, a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth — that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings that “except the Lord build they labor in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall be become a reproach and a bye word down to future age. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing Governments by Human Wisdom, and leave it to chance, war, and conquest.

I therefore beg leave to move — that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of this City be requested to officiate in that service.”

— Benjamin Franklin at Constitutional Convention

So if we are to believe that what is on the mind (or minds) of our leader(s) goes to enforceable intent, then the Court should look once again at the intrusion of government into the matters of free exercise of faith, and leave the people alone as they practice their faith, regardless of where it is applied.

For all of those people in our nation and our state who recognize that we have changed significantly as a society, and are asking how did this happen, I offer this simple analysis.  Whether you agree or disagree with me, the fact is we have drifted far away from the understanding that our nation was made for a moral and religious people, it is wholly inadequate for any other.  Many will argue that I am wrong, and they will probably even malign me for daring to speak up, but I am still waiting to see how long it will take our nation to recognize what the antithesis of our founding has done to other nations.  I am still waiting to see solutions that work come from secular governments.

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