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Where is America Going?

by J.B. Williams
Friday, March 25, 2005

A short 229 years ago, our founding fathers declared our independence as a free sovereign nation and established a set of moral principles that would become the foundation for the greatest nation on earth. Those basic moral principles began with a belief that all men were Created equal, endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable Rights.

The first of those basic Rights established was a common inalienable Right to Life, followed by an individual Right to personal Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. In their clear determination to design a truly free self-governed nation, they placed their trust in God and these fundamental Rights.

Yet for almost 40 years now, we have failed as a nation to uphold that first fundamental Right to Life in the womb and today we stand witness as not a single judge or court in this land will take a stand to protect this fundamental Right of an innocent life outside the womb.

Today these judges and courts stand in defense of assisted death. They blame their actions on man made laws, always found inadequate in the delivery of true justice, which is why the founders established this country on the basis of inalienable God given Rights instead of man made laws.

Today’s justice system operates under the false pretence that we are only a nation of laws rather than a nation of moral principles. Yet justice is not defined as the interpretation of mans laws, but the delivery of just resolution, the determination of what is right based on codes and standards of moral righteousness.

In recent years, the judiciary guided by liberal ideology has anointed itself the ruler of all men by establishing a rule of law. Based on separating moral codes and standards of righteousness from those laws, they assert their Right to dominion over men. This idea is at odds with all foundational principles.

Many Americans believe this wall of separation exists in our founding documents, but nothing could be further from the truth. This wall of separation was only spoken of once in a letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Association dated January 1, 1802.

In that letter, Jefferson was only responding to the churches concern over the potential for the federal government to insert itself in the free independent exercise or open expression of religious beliefs. This concern resulted from the fact that at least seven of the states had already officially established their own religious denominations. Jefferson feared civil strife and unrest if the federal government attempted in any way to regulate via law the free exercise of religions.   

Jefferson’s letter was to assure the Baptist Association that the federal government had no power in this regard as was stated in the First Amendment, which clearly prohibited congress from ever making any law restricting in any way the freedom of any religion or open expression thereof.

The language in this letter has been used to establish just the opposite of its intent. It has been used to remove religion from the public square and specifically, replace the idea of self-governance founded in simple moral codes and standards, with the rule of man made laws.

Jefferson also wrote "The care of human life and happiness and NOT their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government."

So how does a country whose entire system of governance and justice which was built upon the foundational principles of God given Rights, deliver justice in an environment where moral codes and standards have been separated from that system?

Clearly justice is now in the eye of the beholder. If we are only a nation of laws, then men who make those laws and men, who interpret those laws at their own discretions, are the effective rulers of this nation.

In a letter to John Taylor, dated April 15, 1814, our second President John Adams wrote "Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide."

Many founders shared this understanding and they quickly came to share this same fear as described by Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Monsieur A. Coray, Oct 31, 1823  , "At the establishment of our constitutions, the judiciary bodies were supposed to be the most helpless and harmless members of the government. Experience, however, soon showed in what way they were to become the most dangerous; that the insufficiency of the means provided for their removal gave them a freehold and irresponsibility in office; that their decisions, seeming to concern individual suitors only, pass silent and unheeded by the public at large; that these decisions, nevertheless, become law by precedent, sapping, by little and little, the foundations of the constitution, and working its change by construction, before any one has perceived that that invisible and helpless worm has been busily employed in consuming its substance. In truth, man is not made to be trusted for life, if secured against all liability to account."

As I write, we watch as not a single judge or court in this land, including the U.S. Supreme Court will step forward in defense of innocent life. Judge after judge has ruled in favor of denying an innocent human being a drink of life sustaining water. They do so in accordance with man’s interpretation of man’s laws, completely at odds with any sense of moral justice, in bold defiance of the most precious of inalienable God given Rights guaranteed by our Constitution.

Our first President George Washington said in New York City, November 27, 1783, "The establishment of Civil and Religious Liberty was the Motive which induced me to the Field – the object is attained – and it now remains to be my earnest wish & prayer, that the Citizens of the United States could make a wise and virtuous use of the blessings placed before them."

What has happened to my country? Where are my countries wise and virtuous citizens?

The principles of the founding fathers have all but been vanquished from American society. People who believe in no God rely only upon man, there Rights, even to life itself, now rests in the hands of men, no longer endowed by our Creator.

Many who do believe in God have allowed themselves to be sold a bill of ill conceived goods. They have allowed themselves to be tricked into believing in a wall of separation between the moral principles upon which rests our most fundamental God given Rights, and our government which was intended to be representative of the people, for benefit of those Rights.

Judge after judge all the way to the Supreme Court has today used man’s laws to deny an innocent human being her most fundamental God given Right to food and water, denying in the process, her Right to life. But it doesn’t stop here. This is the beginning of the end.

If no judge in America will defend life, then what Right’s will they defend?

The battle over the life of Terri Schiavo is no longer about Terri Schiavo alone. It is a battle for "precedent".

Those who wish power for themselves under the rule of mans law, hope to establish yet another precedent that supports their power. Those who believe in our fundamental God given Right to life, fight to re-establish precedent set in our Constitution. Terri Schiavo is caught in the middle of this battle for legal precedent.

No judge has or will save Terri’s life because doing so threatens their more precious rule of law.

Governor Bush has stepped in several times on moral principle, only to be over-ruled by men and man’s law. President Bush and the US Congress attempted to intervene in accordance with Article III authority only to be over-ruled by mans laws. Meanwhile, an innocent woman is starved and dehydrated to certain death.

There are thousands just like Terri in hospice centers and nursing homes across this nation, whose lives are being devalued by the hour.

No judge will save them either. Our system of justice is no longer able to administer justice. It is no longer able to fulfill its most fundamental purpose of defending and preserving our God given Rights. Those Rights which have now officially been alienated by these men.

May the God who was once asked to bless this nation, save this nation. This fight is about fundamental "American" principles. Don’t allow anyone to tell you that this is about the menacing of the Christian right! It’s about the attack on American principles, not religious principles.

Religious principles will remain standing long after America falls.


JB Williams is a business man, a husband, a father, and a writer. A no nonsense commentator on American politics, American history, and American philosophy. He is published nationwide and in many countries around the world. JB. Williams can be reached at: letters@canadafreepress.com

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