Last week the constitution and our individual liberties took a beating. Rumors that Justice Roberts switched his position because of pressure from outside forces are beginning to surface. If this is the case, and John Roberts caved because he feared how he and the court would be perceived by the left, then we are in deep trouble as a nation. Supreme Court Justices must remain above opinions of both the left and right and examine the law strictly based on its constitutional merit. They must do this without fear of reprisal. This is why the founders established life time appointments for Supreme Court Justices. They didn’t want the Justices to feel intimidated by the other branches of government. If a Supreme Court Justice’s decision is swayed by public opinion or is driven by how the court will be perceived if it rules one way or another, then our system cannot work. If this is the place we find ourselves at then we must look back to the words of our founding fathers.
You see our founders knew the one thing that many have forgotten; that the power resides in the people. We can change all of this if we choose to because we have the power to do so. We have the power to throw out of office those who would claim to be our masters. We deserve better than the likes of Nancy Pelosi who stumbles in the below clip about whether ObamaCare is a tax or penalty.
If our founders were alive today, they would be appalled by the actions of most of our elected representatives. They would be disgusted with us and how we could allow the election of such a dimwit. And yet that’s exactly what the people from her district do over and over again. So in honor of our founding fathers I handpicked some quotes from them to help us regain our senses going into November. Please take a few moments to read their words of wisdom.
“In these sentiments sir, I agree to this constitution, with all its faults, if they are such; because I think a General Government necessary for us, and there is no form of government but may be a blessing to the people if well administered; and believe further, that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in despotism as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become to corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other.”
Benjamin Franklin, speech at the constitutional convention, Sept 1787.
“The powers reserved by the people under the constitution render them secure, and until they themselves become corrupt, they will always have upright and able rulers.”
John Hancock, Massachusetts ratifying convention, 1788
“The people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional charter, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived.”
James Madison, The Federalist Papers, 1788
“The written may be violated in moments of passion or delusion, yet they furnish a text to which those who are watchful may again rally and recall the people: they fix too for the people the principles for their political creed.”
Thomas Jefferson, 1802
“No people will tamely surrender their liberties nor can they be easily subdued when knowledge is diffused and virtue is preserved. On the contrary, when people are universally ignorant, and debauched in their manners, they will sink under their own weight without the aid of foreign invaders.”
Samuel Adams, 1775
“The judiciary of the United States is the subtle corps of sappers and miners constantly working underground to undermine the foundation of our confederated fabric…A judiciary independent of a king or executive alone, is a good thing; but independence of the will of the nation is a solecism, at least in a republican government.”
Thomas Jefferson, Dec 1820
“It is very dangerous doctrine to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters if all constitutional questions. It is one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.”
Thomas Jefferson, 1820
The power still resides in the people. The Founding Fathers knew this and we need to exercise that power this November.
Liberty forever, freedom for all!