POC Separation of Church and State Newsletter #8
General Douglas MacArthur said:
"History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a spiritual awakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster."
America’s God and Country, William J. Federer, pg. 407
Before we continue to review the limits “We the People” have placed on government it is important to remember that you and I, along with the rest of our legal citizens are the earthly sovereigns over our nation.
We are responsible for the ultimate control over government.
We accomplish this by communicating our concerns to our representatives, and ultimately with our vote
Federalist 22, *pg. 94, Hamilton
“The American empire should rest on the solid basis of THE CONSENT OF THE PEOPLE. The streams of national power should flow immediately from that pure, original fountain of all legitimate authority.”
Federalist 51, If men were angles, *pg. 211, Madison
“If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.
“In framing a government that is to be administered by men over men,
the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to
control the governed, and in the next place, force it to control itself.
“Dependency on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government”
Our birth certificate, the Declaration of Independence, is clear on the power of the people:
“… 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 of these ends, it is the Right (and I suggest the responsibility) of the People to alter or to abolish it… “ (emphasis added)
I am not suggesting that we abolish our Constitutional Republic, but that we alter our present government BACK to its original founding values and Constitutional principles.
But first, we need to have a clearer understanding of what these founding values and principles were.
Do not get hung up on slavery and other issues, women’s vote, etc. Most of our founders did not believe in slavery and thought it would eventually disappear due to the general sentiment against it. Article I, section 9, Clause 1, along with Article IV, set a date certain after which our founders believed the Biblical and natural transition away from slavery would occur.
For more detail in this area see: Christianity and the Constitution, John Eidsmoe, pg. 358, Misconception 2,: The Slavery Issue
Federalist 65, *pg. 266, Hamilton
“… regard the practice of impeachments as a bridle in the hands of the legislative body (Congress) on the executive servants of the government.”
Our vote should be considered our bridle over Congress and the President who have the primary responsibility to check each other and also the Judiciary.
The next few newsletters will continue the review of the limits placed on the Judiciary by our Constitution, and the responsibility of Congress to keep Tyrannical Judges under control and assure that they exercise judgment and NOT act as legislators.
Understanding this information is critical to our ability to hold our elected officials accountable to our Constitution and to us!
*All quotes from the Federalist Papers are from: The Federalist Papers in Modern Language, Edited by Mary E. Webster, unless otherwise stated.