Tyranny and America’s moral decline
Posted on February 23, 2015 by Bob Livingston Views: 17,455
Whenever government establishes special “rights” or “privileges” for a perceived aggrieved class (also called a minority class), it does so at the expense of the rights of others. It inevitably leads to law, logic and reason being tied into undecipherable knots, contributes to the power and collectivism of government, and is anathema to human liberty.
Take, for instance, the recent case of Baronelle Stutzman, the 70-year-old Washington state florist who declined to provide flowers for the “wedding” of two men because, as a Christian, she held a fundamental belief that a wedding is to be a union of a man and woman, as God established in Genesis 2:24 and His son Jesus affirmed in Matthew 19:5 and Mark 10:8.
One of the “aggrieved” parties, Robert Ingersoll, had been a customer of Stutzman’s for more than a decade, indicating she held no animus toward homosexuals. In fact, when she turned down Ingersoll’s request for a floral arrangement for the wedding, she referred him to other florists.
The two men received the flowers they wanted, and after the case became news they even received offers of free flowers from others. In other words, they suffered no harm. Their “rights” to purchase flowers or be “married” were not violated by Stutzman. The free market, as it is wont to do, stepped in and provided a solution.
But Benton County Superior Court Judge Alex Ekstrom decided that Ingersoll’s “rights” to be served by a business trumped Stutzman’s rights to set the rules of her supposed voluntary transactions and abide by her faith. Somehow, the action of her engaging in commerce stripped her of her right to exercise her faith. She took no action that harmed anyone. She simply took no action.
Ekstrom ruled that the 1st Amendment protects Stutzman’s religious faith, but not actions stemming from those beliefs that conflict with state anti-discrimination laws. But such a “protection” is no protection at all. It is also a violation of Washington’s Religious Freedom law. It’s also a violation of Stutzman’s natural rights by forcing her to engage in a transaction against her wishes.
According to the Section 11 of the state’s Constitution, “Absolute freedom of conscience in all matters of religious sentiment, belief and worship, shall be guaranteed to every individual, and no one shall be molested or disturbed in person or property on account of religion…” Yet Stutzman has been quite “molested” and “disturbed in person or property.”
The state and the gay couple are now free to sue Stutzman for up to $2,000 per violation and collect legal fees as well, a prospect that may well put her out of business and place her home and savings at risk, according to her attorneys.
In other words, the state’s anti-discrimination laws trump the state’s Constitution — that provides Stutzman a guarantee of freedom of conscious in all matters of religious sentiment, belief and worship — and it also somehow trumps the 1st Amendment, which became incorporated to the states by an activist judiciary beginning in the 1920s (an explanation of which can be found here).
Twenty-five hundred miles to the east southeast in Mobile, Alabama, federal Judge Callie V.S. “Ginny” Granade recently struck down an Alabama Constitutional Amendment prohibiting gay marriage as unconstitutional, opening the door for gays to wed despite the fact that 81 percent of Alabamians voted in favor of the amendment banning them in 2006.
Granade claimed a gay couple had a “fundamental right” to marry. From where such a fundamental right comes, Granade didn’t say, as the Constitution does not mention the word a single time. In her order Granade did cite the magic 14th Amendment — which has been abused like no other by activist judges to create a whole manner of laws from whole cloth. And it is from whole cloth that Granade created this special “right.”
But notice the incongruity. In Washington, the state’s anti-discrimination law trumps the state’s Constitution and the defendant’s rights under the 1st Amendment. But in Alabama, the 14th Amendment, coupled with, according to supporters of the ruling, the so-called supremacy clause in the Constitution, trump Alabama state law.
When the 14th Amendment became accepted law — it was never legally ratified, just accepted as such — it simply provided that newly freed blacks held the same “privileges and immunities” of owning property, owning businesses, buying and leasing land, and moving about freely as whites. It did not create for blacks or anyone else any special status, privilege or rights. For the next several decades, the courts and the Supreme Court held that view.
That changed in 1925 when an activist judiciary began creating a whole new meaning for the amendment. What changed? Certainly not the words. It was a judiciary that began writing law rather than interpreting the law of the case before it. But the judiciary has no constitutional power to write law. Nothing in the Constitution grants the judiciary that “right.”
Governments have no natural rights. Any rights possessed by government are only those granted it by the citizens. When government begins assuming “rights” and “privileges,” it does not possess and begins assigning special “rights” and “privileges” to selected classes, governments become abusive and tyrannical. And when it begins assigning and granting special “rights,” it begins to assume that it can also remove and restrict the natural rights held by the people.
Since the 1920s, the 14th Amendment has been abused for such purposes as to grant “anchor babies” the rights of citizenship, create a “right” to murder babies in the womb, and grant freedom of speech “rights” to corporations via the Citizen’s United case… but not 1st Amendment rights to Stutzman, apparently. It has been used over and over to trump the will of citizens by throwing out the results of state referenda on a whole host of issues.
There are today all types of people and groups claiming special minority status and seeking and being granted special immunities and privileges under the specious 14th Amendment “due process” clause. Public policy is molded on these manipulated minority influences. This is all an invisible charade, an organism, with a totally different and opposite orientation to individual liberty. It is in reality New Age slavery, a benevolent totalitarianism, an illusion of freedom.
One can always identify minority special interests simply because they welcome government intervention and intrusion (socialism) as a net for perceived social inequality, poverty and underachievement. Guilt manipulation, along with all manner of charades, is used to force social and economic equality where none is earned.
Manipulating minorities who are naturally drawn to socialism is basic political strategy to justify government politics and plunder. The principle of government is that political power is maximized by forcibly leveling every individual to the same status of conformity, collectivism, ecumenicalism and serfdom.
The truth goes deeper. Because of perceived social, cultural, racial and psychic inferiority, minorities desire to parasite on government force and socialism to subvert those they envy and wish to imitate.
Collectivism is so well accepted that well-known “conservatives” and “family values” leaders now accept the idea that rights and liberties are handed down from government and not from God. The constant fight between the branches of collectivist politicians is over which group of them is going to increase the power of the state, not who is going to limit state power and how. In this fact alone we find the explanation for why freedom has disappeared in the world. Virtually everyone is a collectivist now.
Collectivism is but the political outcome of moral degeneracy. It seems that no modern politician can be elected today without the support — or least not the opposition — of the most degenerate but most powerful group of all, the homosexual lobby, even though it represents no more than 5 percent of the population.
Collectivists are all about democracy — which is the rule of the majority — except in the cases of the supposedly “aggrieved classes.” In support of supposed aggrieved classes or minorities, collectivists use brute power and intimidation to achieve their ends. This is demonstrated in the number of people who have lost their jobs or positions for merely expressing their opinions or their faith.
Under the various banners of power, collectivism recruits the masses into globalism. Such recruitment is the satanic opposite of human reproduction which is God’s way of creating families. Recruitment is the only way homosexuals can increase their numbers, thus the homosexual lobby’s influence over government, public education, the mass media, legislatures and even the military.
Even those “conservative national leaders” who campaign on a “family values” platform inevitably fold to the pressure of the homosexuals, once they arrive in Washington, the District of Corruption. Note my frequent use of quotation marks to denote the deceptions of modern politics. Sorry, but the English language has been corrupted by those who have stolen these terms.
How has the American nation fallen so far that the masses and the politicians not only accept but endorse homosexuality? The answer is: tolerance. The politicians have taught Americans to tolerate everything except that which is Godly.
Note that all major religions focus on “tolerance.” They tolerate everything but Christianity. As has been said, those who preach tolerance do not tolerate preaching.
The secret truth is that homosexuality is another recruitment tool for global collectivism. Globalism, with its underlying principle of collectivism, is not primarily an economic or political development. Globalism, collectivism, homosexuality, the mass murder of infants and euthanasia are all the result of moral decline on a mass scale.http://personalliberty.com/tyranny-americas-moral-decline/