Monthly Archives: June 2015

Thy Kingdom Come

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This week has seen two decisions added to the infamous record of the US Supreme Court: Dred Scott, Buck v. Bell, Roe v. Wade; and now King v. Burwell and Obergefell v. Hodges.

King v. Burwell effectively changed the Affordable Care Law to ignore the clear meaning of the words “established by the state,” in effect changing the wording to “established by the state or federal government.” This is a clear violation of Article I of the Constitution: “All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States…” Six justices usurped legislative power, a high crime and violation of their oaths of office.

Just days later, in Obergefell v. Hodges, five of those six justices — even Chief Justice Roberts couldn’t stomach this excess  — misappropriated the power of the states by changing the definition of marriage. The edict establishing government sanction of homosexual “marriage” also is a high crime and violation of the justices’ oaths of office. Why do we need Congress, when we have the Supreme Court to rule our nation and make our laws for us?

Many have documented these blatant violations of the Constitution by the federal courts. Many are also proposing solutions. The correct response is for Congress to remove the six worst justices via impeachment. We all know this will never happen, given the contempt exhibited by most members of Congress for the Constitution.

Senator Ted Cruz has proposed a constitutional amendment to make justices stand for recall election on an eight year cycle. Though I am generally cautious about amendments, I would support that approach, though I would prefer to see a requirement for re-confirmation by the Senate super-majority. The Framers of the Constitution were not perfect, so they did not foresee the extent of the judiciary’s lust for power; the degree of spinelessness that Congress has evolved; or the growing ignorance of the electorate about the nature and purpose of our Constitution. Cruz’s proposal would at least give us some hope of eventually reversing the abominable choices made by the president and Senate.

Some local political jurisdictions are deciding to stop issuing any marriage licenses, so all couples of whatever kind would be treated the same. I proposed this back in 1999 in a newspaper column, and received lots of verbal abuse in response. This is still a good idea, and I hope that it gains momentum at the state level. To go along with this, of course we need to remove tax incentives and whatever other government benefits are associated with marriage.

What does all of this have to do with the “Thy kingdom come” petition of the Lord’s Prayer? The degeneration of society is to be expected in the years approaching the Second Coming of Jesus. The government sanction of homosexual “marriage” is a new low in human moral history. It’s not Sodom and Gomorrah, in that we don’t yet have homosexual rape mobs ruling the streets; but it is something that even those condemned cities apparently never thought of.

I see two ways to think of “Thy kingdom come.” It can be a petition that the Christian Gospel would be spread far and wide and be accepted by the hearers. It can also be a petition that Jesus would return and cut short the persecution of His people, the church. Either one is especially appropriate in light of the direction our society is headed. Which one it will be we leave to the next of the petitions: “Thy will be done.”

Fast Track Takes Us Down the Rabbit Hole

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Since 1974, Congress has frequently ceded the Senate’s power to accept (ratify) or decline treaties, under the so-called Fast Track trade negotiating authority. First given to Gerald Ford by the Trade Act of 1974, Fast Track allows the president to negotiate a trade related treaty with foreign powers, then submit it to Congress for approval by a majority, without amendments. This circumvents the constitutional procedure of the president presenting the treaty to the Senate for debate, followed by potential reservations, and a ratification vote, which requires a two thirds majority to pass. Under Fast Track, no amendments or reservations are allowed, and passage requires only a majority vote.

The current attempt by President Obama and the establishment Republican congressional leadership to implement a version of Fast Track is intended to grease the skids for passage of several trade agreements: the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Parnership (TTIP) and others. The proponents of these treaties position them as “free trade” bills that should make American goods more competitive internationally. What they actually do is to set up international bureaucracies with legislative powers that supersede the powers granted to Congress. (<– Please do click that link)

The treaties themselves are inherently unconstitutional. The Constitution does not grant to Congress the power to delegate its own legislative authority to anyone, least of all a foreign body. Congress also has no constitutional authority to grant judicial powers to others. But cases that arise out of these treaties will be decided by the bureaucrats who administer the bodies created by the treaties. Americans would have to live with the decrees of the “administrative law judges,” since US courts would not be authorized to interfere.

So what we have is an unconstitutional process being used to implement unconstitutional treaties. We have congressional leadership, including especially the Republican Senate and House leadership, colluding with the least trustworthy president in generations, to grant that president carte blanch to negotiate the treaties, with almost no possibility of failure to ratify them. Most bizarrely of all, we find ourselves having to rely on sleazy congressional Democrats and their union allies to prevent all of this: right at home in Alice in Wonderland.

It’s too late to do anything about the Senate, since they’ve already gone to the dark side. The House of Representatives is supposed to be “the people’s house,” so it’s past time for “the people” (you and me) to weigh in. Find your representative’s contact information and call, write, or email your opposition to Fast Track and the so-called free trade agreements.