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Posted on 06/22/2011 8:38:39 PM PDT by stolinsky
One Nation Under What?
David C. Stolinsky
June 23, 2011
While broadcasting the U.S. Open Golf Tournament, NBC ran a segment showing schoolchildren reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. But the words under God were omitted. NBC claimed the omission was accidental, and apologized to anyone who was offended.
Note that NBC apologized for giving offense, but did not apologize for editing out part of what actually happened. That a news organization does not believe altering facts deserves an apology is revealing indeed. What else does it alter, but we dont know?
Interestingly, indivisible was also omitted. Does someone at NBC understand that once belief in God is eliminated, the nation may not hold together? Or does someone believe that the nation can be, or should be, divided? Who knows? Once we agree that altering facts is acceptable journalistic practice, all bets are off.
Clearly, the most glaring omission was the word God. Perhaps NBC assumed that atheists would find God objectionable. But atheists make up only about 2% of the U.S. population, and agnostics an additional 4%. Presumably, agnostics should not be offended − by definition, they are uncertain whether the nation is or is not under God. But why would NBC worry about offending the 6%, yet not worry about offending the 94% who are believers? That says more about NBC than about its audience.
What do the objectors to under God in the Pledge of Allegiance actually object to? The usual assumption is that they object to the word God. They themselves may assume this. But I believe it is incorrect. I believe that what the objectors really object to is the word under.
Leftists − and many who call themselves liberals but are actually leftists − believe that the state should not be under anything. They believe that the state should be supreme. In their hearts, they agree with the concept of an all-powerful government. During the French Revolution, the rebels cut off the heads of the aristocrats, but they continued to think like aristocrats themselves.
Despite the example of the American Revolution, the French revolutionaries objected only to the concept of monarchy, but not to the concept of the all-powerful state. This concept was carried forward by the revolutionaries in Russia, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Cuba, and Iran. Whether it will be carried on by revolutionaries in Egypt, Libya, and elsewhere in the Muslim world remains to be seen. But right now, things dont look promising. History shows that revolutions are more likely to make things worse than to make them better. Our revolution was the exception, not the rule.
Clearly, advocates of big government in America dont belong in the same category as these tyrants. Nevertheless, when the government tells us what kind of light bulbs and toilets we must use, our suspicions should be aroused. And when the government wants to make life-and-death decisions about our health care, our suspicions should be intensified.
But our suspicions were confirmed when then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked what part of the Constitution empowered the federal government to enact national health care. She replied, Are you serious? − and giggled. That giggle should have sent chills down your spine. It revealed more about the aims of advocates of big government than anything else could have.
And then we have the evasions and ambiguities of recent Supreme Court nominees Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan at their confirmation hearings.
For example, Kagan doubted that the people have any rights that antedate the Constitution. To her, the Constitution grants rights − which can easily be taken away by interpreting the Constitution according to evolving norms and world opinion. Thankfully, the Supreme Court did not use foreign court decisions to help decide cases in the 1930s. Otherwise, we might have been treated to Hitlerian and Stalinist concepts of law and rights.
And when Kagan was asked whether the federal government had the power to order us to eat three vegetables and three fruits daily, she answered evasively. She saw that if she said No, she would have no basis for upholding ObamaCare. Though the question seemed trivial, in fact it was of momentous importance. The elite believe that there is nothing the government does not have the power to do. But how can even twisted logic reconcile this with the Constitution?
The Constitution is our table of organization. It lays out the three branches of the federal government and defines their powers. But the Declaration of Independence is our mission statement. It enunciates in clear, even beautiful, language what schoolchildren know − or used to know − but which learned judges now pretend not to understand:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Now do you see why big-government advocates object not only to God in the Pledge of Allegiance, but also to under? They reject the Founders belief that rights come from God and are unalienable − that is, cannot be taken away, even if the people are so foolish as to want to give them away.
These statists dont want the government to be under anything at all. That is why they push the notion of a living Constitution, which means merely what a judge says it means today. Tomorrow it may mean something else − who knows? No Creator giving us unalienable rights; just an arbitrary, unpredictable, infinitely flexible Constitution, subject to constant reinterpretation to suit the ruling elite. Yes, they know what is best for us ignorant, childlike subjects.
But note that the Declaration goes on:
That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.
The government is our servant, not the other way around. If it proves to be a disobedient, uncontrollable, meddling, obnoxious servant, we can fire it and hire another. Advocates of big government should keep this in mind.
When Jefferson wrote the draft of the Declaration, he used the word subjects. He had lived his whole life as a subject of the British king. But he realized his error, erased subjects and inserted citizens. Revealingly, other words in the draft were crossed out and replaced, but subjects was obliterated. Jefferson must have felt strongly about this correction. He wasnt merely correcting the text − he was correcting the age-old idea that the common people should serve the elite.
We have lived our whole lives as citizens of a constitutional republic. If we allow ourselves to be degraded and turned back from citizens into subjects, we will have no one to blame but ourselves.
The elimination by NBC of the word God evoked the most objections, as it should. The elimination of the word indivisible evoked fewer objections, though it too was significant. The elimination of the word under evoked little notice, but it should have. A government that is not under anything − not under God, and not under the Constitution as actually written − is a government that is not under the control of the people. Instead, they are under the control of the government.
If that doesnt make you angry, then you are already a subject. I hope your back and knees are limber. You will have to do a lot of bowing and kneeling. Thats what subjects do.
Dr. Stolinsky writes on political and social issues. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
One Nation under The Fed.
one nation under obama
one nation under obama
That sums it up nicely.
One nation under Allah if Omuslim has his way.
So what happens if there ARE two laws about the same subject? One of two things. Either one of the laws is thrown out, cancelled, voided - or they are interpreted as having different meanings, and so they are not ambiguous.
The 14th Amendment deals with subject matter addressed by the rest of the Constitution, in various places. Therefore, the 14th Amendment needed to be tested by the Court for ambiguity. It was. And what the Court decided was that the 14th Amendment did not deal with the same "people" as the rest of the Constitution.
Get that? Not the same people. Specifically, it deal with corporate people. What's a corporate person? An "individual." What's an individual? A human being that is not considered to be a human being, but rather a legal person that was created by the government like a corporation. And which, therefore, the government has the power of life and death over - literally creation and destruction.
Wait - how can a human being suddenly not be a human being, but created by government? Because the government... ruled it was possible. Otherwise the 14th Amendment would have to be thrown out.
But the creation of the corporate person, the individual, was the PURPOSE of the 14th Amendment, so it would never be "thrown out."
Why am I telling you all of this? Because when you get up in arms over the Court - ANY Court - making rulings based on European law, or "popular opinions," or what the Court "feels" would be "best," or undefined "national interest" (as opposed to the national interests defined by the Bill of Rights), THIS is what they are basing their authority on - the unlimited power of life or death by the state over corporate individuals that the "found" in the 14th Amendment.
Oh, one more thing. They also "ruled" that they don't have to tell a corporate individual why they are ruling something, or what they are basing it on, unless they feel like it. That's why no one speaks of this. And attorneys are "officers of the court" and hiring one makes you legally a ward of the court, so forget about your attorney telling you anything about this.
Corporate individuals have privileges that can be revoked. Natural human persons have rights that are above the reach of the the Court.
Virtually NONE of the political discussions about law invoke these simple, fundamental differences. That's why there's so much head-scratching, and why so little the Court does makes any sense. Because they're ruling over corporate persons, and you're thinking about natural human beings.
They're not the same thing.
This American WILL NEVER bow to the false god name allah.