Saturday, February 26, 2005

We Cannot Brook the Thought

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”, from the Declaration of Independence.

Judge George Greer has taken it upon himself to deprive a citizen, Terri Schiavo, of a God Given Unalienable Right, the right to life. This alone should be enough to have him removed from the bench. The criminal courts have been granted the power to sentence in capital crimes; no such power exists in civil matters. Government is not the author of Life, God our Creator has that awesome responsibility, and therefore government has no authority in such matters except in criminal matters. Judge Greer might want to read the Constitution for guidance, except it appears he hasn’t followed it in a long time.

“Article IV, Section 4. The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.” I would consider starving a defenseless woman to death a form of domestic violence.

Bill of Rights Amendment V, “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” This was aimed at criminals, not defenseless bedridden invalids. I don’t remember seeing any papers come back from the grand jury accusing Terri Schiavo of any capital crime.

Bill of Rights Amendment IX “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” Maybe I’m wrong; but snuffing out a life, doesn’t that fall under “deny or disparage”?

Bill of Rights Amendment XIV Section 1. “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Maybe this above all else is the most important violation of Terri Schiavo’s rights as a citizen. Due process, my aunt Tillie’s extraordinarily large butt!

I say let’s put Judge Green in a room and starve him until his brain becomes more receptive to the rights of citizens. Okay, now some hot shot lawyer needs to work on this. I’m just going over what’s on paper, very old; but important papers.

In closing, a few words from the past may help to put us back on the path:

“We cannot brook the thought of it (the Constitution) being torn into shreds, or destroyed, or trampled under foot and ignored by men. We cannot tolerate the sentiment, at one time expressed, by a man high in authority in the nation. He said: "The constitution be damned; the popular sentiment of the people is the constitution!" That is the sentiment of anarchism, and has spread to a certain extent, and is spreading over "the land of liberty and the home of the brave." Joseph F. Smith, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from a talk given in 1939.

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