By Alden L. Benton
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
First Amendment to the United States Constitution
Ratified December 15, 1791
The five freedoms of the First Amendment are the foundation of personal liberty in the United States. These 45 words set strict and clear limits on what the government can, and cannot, do in plain language.
According to the grammar checker in my word processor, the language of the First Amendment is written at a ninth grade reading level. The question is what part of no in the First Amendment does our beloved leader not understand? Apparently, the president is not smarter than a ninth grader.
Nowhere are the president’s disdain of the Constitution and the rule of law more clear than in his recent attack on religious freedom. I am not a Catholic, but I am in complete agreement with their doctrine that holds life as sacred and that life begins at conception. To force anyone to pay for “services” that run contrary to their personal convictions is the ultimate in insolence and arrogance.
Oh, by the way, Mr. President, you took an oath:
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the
Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution of the United States
Since you, Mr. President, are sworn to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution, perhaps you should have one of your daughters explain the Constitution, especially the First Amendment, to you.
The president’s attack, through an Obamacare rule, on religious liberty drew a hail of criticism from both sides of the political aisle. So much criticism, in fact, that the president was forced to announce a “compromise.”
Do not be fooled.
Compromise in the jargon of the Left does not mean what it means to the rest of us. Compromise in Obama-speak means nothing more than dressing up and obfuscating something his adversaries find odious and obscene in pretty words. Put simply, his “compromise” merely puts lipstick on a pig. However, a pig is still a pig.
Nearly 6,000 years ago, verse 81 of the ancient Chinese text Tao Te Ching said it best:
“True words aren’t eloquent;
eloquent words aren’t true.
Wise men don’t need to prove their point;
men who need to prove their point aren’t wise….”
No matter how the Obamanistas want to spin their “compromise,” the effect is the same — the religion clause of the First Amendment is null and void.
If America does not stand and fight this blatant act of war on our civil liberty, we will become slaves and our master will be not the government of We, the people, but of the would-be king and his cadre of crooks and cronies.
Let us contemplate our forefathers, and posterity, and resolve to maintain the rights bequeathed to us from the former, for the sake of the latter. The necessity of the times, more than ever, calls for our utmost circumspection, deliberation, fortitude and perseverance. Let us remember that “if we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our liberty, we encourage it, and involve others in our doom,” it is a very serious consideration … that millions yet unborn may be the miserable sharers of the event. ~ Samuel Adams
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