A Quiet American Revolution
Common sense provides ample proof to a rational person that the First Amendment’s religion clauses couldn’t possibly mean what the ACLU and many of today’s judges say they mean, since there is simply no evidence of it in history. Think about it. It’s the first and most important right enshrined in the Bill of Rights, and yet there are no examples of this modern, radical, anti-Christian interpretation being applied during our nation’s first 150 years? I think we all understand the problem. Now the question is, what do we do about it?
In America, unlike virtually all other countries, the power really does reside in the people. We have the legal means of making this the most enlightened nation in history, administered by a limited, constitutional government. After all, it’s regular people like you and me who elect the president, who in turn nominates judges for the Supreme Court and other federal courts. It’s we who elect the senators who confirm the president’s judicial nominees. Moreover, we elect the congressmen who actually have the constitutional power to control the federal judiciary! As Texas congressman and Constitution champion Ron Paul has explained: “Congress [can] exercise its existing constitutional power to limit the jurisdiction of federal courts.
Congress could statutorily remove whole issues like gay marriage from the federal judiciary, striking a blow against judicial tyranny and restoring some degree of states’ rights. We seem to have forgotten that the Supreme Court is supreme only over lower federal courts; it is not supreme over the other branches of government.”
By becoming part of the Constitution, itself, amendments such as the federal marriage amendment or the human life amendment can and will trump any errant Supreme Court decisions. Remember, Supreme Court justices can also be impeached, just like presidents. And did you know presidents aren’t compelled to obey unlawful Supreme Court decisions? Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln actually defied Supreme Court orders. But many would warn, a president defying the Supreme Court would lead to a “constitutional crisis.” I would call it a “constitutional conflict” – a conflict that can be resolved only by reference back to the nation’s founding principles as established in the Constitution. Whatever we do to rectify this terrible wrong must start with brutal honesty – an unflinching realization of what we have allowed to transpire in our nation. Only by facing these hard truths can we make any real progress.
So, let me ask: In allowing the First Amendment to be changed from its original meaning to what it has become today – namely, the prohibition of any acknowledgment of God or His laws inside the schools where most American children spend their youth – do you realize what we’re doing? Similarly, in making any reference to God or biblical principles off-limits for those we’ve entrusted with running this nation’s government and charting its future course, do you realize what we’re doing?
We are deluding ourselves into believing there is some neutral ground between good and evil, and that this is where the government is supposed to be. But such a neutral ground, if such can even be said to exist, is in itself evil. When Jews are being gassed and cremated down the street, “neutrality” is not neutral – it’s collaboration.
When we realize that the Creator has stationed us on this earth in a battleground between a good kingdom and an evil one, and that our real choice in life is between obedience to divine love or disobedience, between honesty and dishonesty, nobility and shallowness, selflessness and selfishness, courage and cowardice, we see there really is no neutral ground.
Thus, if government is not populated by godly, principled people, we are doomed to live as glorified serfs. Why? Because true religion and its fruits – love of truth and one another – constitute a powerful force working against the natural tendency of power to corrupt. To put it another way, without having a real relationship with the Living God, men automatically become their own miserable “gods.” That pathetic, false god in turn owes his allegiance to dark forces he doesn’t recognize or comprehend – and if he’s in a position of power, he is compelled to become a demagogue or a tyrant.
What we’re witnessing is the official, ever-so-gradual squeezing out of everything that’s really precious to America. It’s as though we’re throwing away something so valuable that it goes almost beyond the ability of words to convey it. We’re taking the finest life has to offer, like the most precious memories of our children, of their birth, of their accomplishments – and we’re taking the sacrifices of our soldiers, of our patriots, of our nation’s martyrs – and we’re junking them.
Think of the Puritans who braved the two-month sea voyage to an unknown land and lost one-half of their number during that first, brutal winter. And the loyal patriot soldiers with George Washington at Valley Forge, shivering shoeless and miserable in the snow. Think of the deaths and sufferings of the millions of Americans lost or maimed in war during the last two centuries. Ponder as well the tremendous sacrifices of their families. Now think of the sustaining role God, faith, prayer, and the Bible had in the lives of all of these people. If we really have been convinced that our Constitution – conceived, written, believed in, fought for, and died for overwhelmingly by Christians and God-fearing people – requires that the Christian faith be taken out of government, then there’s really no hope for us as a nation.