The New Lawgivers
When judges judge
From tilted chairs
Their words are skewed
The peoples will
And oh how much
We all will pay
When twisting judges
Have their way
And write “their” law
Their “god’s” decree
And say to heaven
“To hell…with thee!”
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare…
Just a little reminder from the pen of Thomas Jefferson expressing the intent, and purpose, and passion of the representative radicals who, in the stead of the people of the thirteen united colonies, actually believed that the “rights” of men…came from God and that He was, and is, “the Supreme Judge of the world.” Yes, the Declaration of Independence; a rather “religious” document.
And so, this very day, yet another earthly judge bypasses the will of the people and, ignoring the early precedent (i.e. rights from) federal judge, Vaughn Walker, overturns California’s Proposition 8 which, after much effort and expense by the voters of that state (due to the actions of “other” judges) had affirmed--via the ballot box--the long-standing sentiment that marriage should continue to be defined as, one man…and one woman. And now, because of another “redefiner,” the wallets must again be opened and the masses mobilized to, incredibly, defend an institution that, in their wildest dreams, the framers could not have imagined…needing defense.
(sigh). You know, I’m a simple fella (those acquainted with me say “amen”). As such my “conservatism” is based on my belief in “the Supreme Judge of the world.” You see, I truly believe that it has been His favor, blessing, protection, that has caused America to prosper; that has lifted us to prominence and power. And, conversely, I believe His “disfavor” will cause us--no matter how some may pontificate otherwise--to fall. So, when judges take upon themselves the glory they do not deserve and decree that babies are expendable and that when it comes to human relations…God is a liar; well, it causes me to fear for my country. And, although I would like to extend the honor and deference supposedly due I must, like our forefathers before us, refer to some of these kings as their actions frame them…tyrants.
So, what to do? Vote, spend, pray, talk, reason, hope. But, in the end it may be consequences that turn us (if it’s not too late for even that) for, just as the warning of the candle's flame may not dissuade the toddler’s hand; the “touching” surely will. And we, my fellow citizen…are ever so close…to the fire.
Mr. Jefferson…could you please end this offering with the eloquent words you wrote so very long ago? Thank you, sir.
…And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.