- Recognizing that speech must be freely allowed in a free country.
- Providing for self-defense and the defense of the country through a non-government-controlled and armed civilian militia.
- Quartering of soldiers in private homes prohibited without consent of the owner.
- Right to a speedy trial and favorable witnesses.
- Unreasonable search and seizure prohibited. Liberty was ensured through prevention of government intrusion into the private lives of the people without due process of law.
- Rights of non-self-incrimination.
- Right to a jury trial in civil cases.
- Prevention of cruel and unusual punishments.
- People’s rights not denied or disparaged when not enumerated in Constitution.
- States right protected as rights of the people.
- Prohibition of slavery or involuntary servitude.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
A Prophetic Word for Our Nation’s Leadership
As recorded in scripture, the Prophet Micah warned the leaders of Israel:
. . . "Listen, you leaders of Jacob, you rulers of the house of Israel. Should you not know justice, you who hate good and love evil; who tear the skin from my people and the flesh from their bones; who eat my people's flesh, strip off their skin and break their bones in pieces; who chop them up like meat for the pan, like flesh for the pot?" Then they will cry out to the LORD, but he will not answer them. At that time he will hide his face from them because of the evil they have done. This is what the LORD says: "As for the prophets who lead my people astray, if one feeds them, they proclaim 'peace'; if he does not, they prepare to wage war against him. Therefore night will come over you, without visions, and darkness, without divination. The sun will set for the prophets, and the day will go dark for them. The seers will be ashamed and the diviners disgraced. They will all cover their faces because there is no answer from God." (Micah 3:1-7 NIV)
Micah’s prophetic warning to the leaders of Israel is equally applicable to the leaders of the United States of America which was founded on the same Judeo-Christian values. Our founding fathers espoused high standards of behavior, morality and integrity. While not always living up to all of those standards, at least they strove to do so.
When devising our Constitution as a new nation state, they recognized the disvalue of allowing tyrants and the resulting tyrannical government to rule over it.
Concepts embodied in the Bill of Rights appended to the Constitution served to limit the extent to which the federal government could oppress and intimidate its citizens:
Yet our national leaders tend to ignore those clear founding ideas and assert the rule of law set down in the Constitution is outdated. Clearly, when leaders are honored, they presume to declare certain rightness to their actions, but when castigated for inappropriate behavior such as proffering liberal or progressive initiatives opposed to the consensus of the citizenry, leaders mock, label with unkind labels, and belittle those opposed to them.
When leaders such as those in Washington D.C. openly lie to the citizens of this nation they demonstrate to us that they consider it right to do so and thus mentor those with patterns of uncritical thinking to emulate them. Deception is endemic at this time in history! When one branch of government adopts a stance of if you oppose me I will use Executive Orders to go around you, that branch usurps the boundaries designed by the founding fathers and creates a culture of tyranny. When the Judicial branch makes law instead of performing its role of assessing law in light of constitutional provisions, tyranny is further encouraged. When the legislative branch fails to keep in check the two other branches, tyranny is authorized.
Unrighteous liberal and progressive leaders wage war against their opponents. Epithets such as “Racist” or “Bigot” or “Ultra-Conservative” are applied to the persons opposing the immoral behavior or speech or liberal and progressive agenda leadership.
Micah referred to leaders who lead God’s people astray. Leaders who dissimulate or obfuscate ideas and intentions with the goal of subverting the population to adopt, tolerate, and accept unrighteous results are positioning themselves to be ashamed and disgraced; maybe not immediately, but certainly in the final judgment at God’s docket.
Such leaders are warned that the day will come that sees the sun set on their initiatives and darkness descend like night.
Be not deceived America! God has placed a choice before us — to obey His commandments or to die spiritually because of our disobedience. Lee Greenwood, singer, songwriter, and American patriot in his new book, Does God Still Bless the USA? asks the title question.
His answer may surprise you. Greenwood says that God doesn't bless countries as much as the people in those countries where they set and live out their values as the Lord designed them.
Making the choice to abort children has taken us below what population experts have identified as the optimal level of reproduction for a thriving nation.
Accepting and tolerating sexual sins has put us in the position of becoming recipients of God’s judgment.
America! It is time to cast out and remove from power by impeachment those abusing the power granted them!