Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Sotomayor and the Jurists Supreme

Jurist Supreme

(by R.P.Edwards)

Unprecedented power
Unprecedented gall
Molding in their image
Subverting one…and all
Twisting sacred contracts
Rewording sacred text
A sowing to the whirlwind
A heritage…to vex

I was watching (for just a few moments) the hearing to determine the worthiness of Justice Sotomayor to assume a place on the Supreme Court. Considering the makeup of the Senate, her approval is a forgone conclusion. Nevertheless, a gentle reminder is needful as to just how powerful these black-robed individuals are.

Consider: In 1857 the Taney court handed down the infamous Dred Scott ruling; a decision that basically said that those of African descent never were, and never could be citizens; a statement unsupported by the Constitution, or history. This “we say so” edict brought the nation to the very brink of Civil War…and beyond. Consider: After Americans bled and died and expended themselves to the full on behalf of the suffering millions in World War II, it was shortly thereafter that the Supreme Court began removing God from public schools. Somehow these sovereigns determined that, even though the Bible and scripture were an integral part of education at the time of the Constitution’s birth (indeed, prayer and Bible reading were a needful support during the recently concluded global conflict); for some reason these jurists forwarded a secular ideal that has slowly pushed God out of our history and heritage. Question: Do you really think that this was the intent of the founders, to remove God and Judeo-Christian morality from the classroom? And then there’s the decision that human life is (as their nineteenth century mentors might say) chattel, property, “things” to be disposed of at will. As a consequence, fifty million children have been murdered in the womb. And then there’s the decision that private property may be stripped from an individual, not for right-of-way, but because the new tenants may be more profitable (dollars). And, then there’s the blurring of the ancient lines of relationships. And, while we’re at it, do you really think that the framers of the Fourteenth Amendment (the catchall excuse used to force federal mandates on the states); do you really think that these writers intended this liberty preserving amendment be used to enforce the whims of the nine kings? As Thomas Jefferson wrote, "The Constitution...is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary, which they may twist and shape into any form they please."

The conclusion: Once again, it is “works” not words, “deeds” not creeds, “actions” not flowery, lofty rhetoric that matters and, when we elect those who willingly place manipulators in positions of power…we have no one to blame…but ourselves.

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