September 24, 2013
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Clarence "Sonny" Henry may have inadvertently penned a theme song for the TEA Party, which was recorded by Santana. "Baby" could be any politician holding office or government itself, and the lyrics would fairly describe conservative frustrations and sentiments, such as...
"I'm getting tired of waiting and fooling around,
I'll find somebody, who won't make me feel like a clown,
This can't go on...,
Lord knows you got to change"
There you have a description of the problem and the remedy. The TEA Party has successfully sponsored challengers to "baby" but not all have remained faithful and resume their evil ways. While not put to song, one of our Founders wrote this:
"If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions." - James Madison
I believe in angels (yet another song) and see that government at all levels appears to be under the protection of angels, fallen angels that is. Men ruled by their own lust for power are not prone to change their evil ways, nor be restrained by law. Note that our Constitution has no "penalty" section for those who violate their oath of office or the very Constitution itself. While there are Constitutional methods for removal from certain offices, they are seldom used. Our political parties have adopted a live and let live attitude as they jockey for position in the next election to get their hands on the money.
The least accountable branch of government rules as an oligarchy currently dependent on the mood swings of one or two justices. No Supreme Court justice has ever been removed from office, no less impeached for violation of his or her Constitutional oath. Impeachment was tried once but failed. I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for that remedy from the live and let live parties in power. In fact, both parties are quite willing to acquiesce to court decisions that grant government unconstitutional powers. Of course, the President appoints these justices and the Senate rubber-stamps them, that is unless it is a conservative faithful to the Constitution. Democrats attack and Republicans retreat, time after time. If these elected officials had done their jobs, upheld their oaths, and acted honorably, we would be spared the likes of ideological hacks like Ginsburg and Sotomayor.
Can the problem "baby" be reined in with Constitutional amendments? Will term limits produce a fresh crop of virtuous politicians or will business as usual continue under new faces? We do have term limits and they are implemented through elections. Why throw out the virtuous with the wicked simply because a clock ran out? Another Founder, not particularly known for musical or lyrical talents, wrote the following:
"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." - John Adams
People may dispute those words, but the proof is in the pudding. How can you expect immoral and irreligious people to elect virtuous leaders? So where are the champions advocating public morality and religion? America's churches from colonial times were deeply involved in politics and openly commented on the character or people running for political office. Congregations often entertained political candidates, allowing them to speak and be questioned. No issue was exempt from scrutiny and discussion.
Churches today are self-censored for fear of losing their tax-exempt status. This was a clever contrivance of Congress to be enforced by the IRS and effectively rid them of those "meddlesome priest[s]." With selective enforcement, the IRS is quick to harass churches that do not endorse the big government gospel of either party while winking at those churches preaching the approved party line. Religiotainment has become big business and the business of the Lord cuts into profits, cost membership and irritates politicians.
The church I attend on line is the only one I know that sticks its neck out and fearlessly speaks the word of God without wishy-washy compromises. There may be other fearless churches and I don't mean to slight them, but Liberty Fellowship understands the warning of John Adams and is not afraid to speak about baby's evil ways. There are some issues where I find myself in disagreement with Chuck Baldwin, but I have the utmost respect for his courage and sincerity.
The TEA Party could use a healthy infusion of chaplains of the caliber of a Chuck Baldwin. That may make some members uncomfortable, but until we can clearly distinguish between good and evil, baby will not change its evil ways. Sweeping new politicians into office will not work without the support and vigilance of a "moral and religious people." No amendments or laws can perform that function.
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