They lasted for about fifteen years. From 1789 - 1803.
The founders of our great nation signed a deal in 1787 that took effect in 1789 to put the power of government in the hands of the people and rest it all on their own consent to be governed.
That ended as the Supreme Court decided in 1803 to give itself the luxury of judicial review on all laws implemented and executed by the people - the real source of government. In essence, an oligarchy was created in 1803 and has existed ever since.
And for some reason, we continue to put up with it.
This week the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) began hearing arguments from companies which are owned by people who have a strong religious objection to post-conception birth control. Meaning, these people believe in life at conception and refuse to do any harm to the living soul inside its mother's womb. For some reason, some mothers do not refuse to do harm to the living soul inside their womb, but that's an argument for another day.
For now, let's focus on what a justice on SCOTUS told those with religious objections to ending the lives of the unborn.
[Justice] Kagan noted that the Obama health law doesn't require corporate employers to provide insurance. The Hobby Lobby owners could have paid a fine, which, she observed, is much less than the cost of insurance. It's "a choice," she said.Interpreted: If you want to practice Judeo-Chrisitian beliefs in the United States, pay a fine and get over it. It's a choice.
In fact, Ms. Kagan is quite wrong. It's not a choice; it's a fundamental God-ordained right enshrined in everlasting security by the Constitution of the United States.
It's not a whim or a decision, it's natural law.
Life and my religion are the laws entitled to man to by nature and nature's God.
The Declaration of Independence is the most concrete and concise formulation of human rights ever developed. By its content we are reminded 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 of 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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."Try to remember that when the act of treason that was our Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, it was signed with full knowledge that it was treason against the most powerful military in the world.
That should be sobering and inspiring at the exact same time. But remember, we don't need a call to arms to cause revolution, we have the ballot box and it can be our greatest asset against tyranny. We must elect people who believe in a limited judicial system. No more life-time appointments for any position in the three branches of our government. Term limits on all levels. Lower taxes and zero compulsion to purchase products by mandate from the government. Property rights that allow us to develop our farms and land without the EPA fining us thousands of dollars per day, and certianly no more radical judges or states seizing children from their families because they believe the state knows best.
The government can only reach as far as we allow it. This year is a good time to start slapping its hand a little harder every time it reaches for the dollar in our wallet or the Bible on our shelf.