by June Griffin
It seems that Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey is tinkering with the idea of hiring an outside lawyer to sue the Federal Government over the tyranny now staring Americans in the face. But wait, we already have a high-paid Attorney General sitting in the John Sevier building in Nashville. Why should we hire another? Won't he do? Why isn't he mad about the forces put upon us Volunteers by the Federal bureaucracy in making us be a part of an un-Constitutional health-care bill? Why did the tea party crowd have to be treated like chattel when they went to this building to seek redress of grievances? Be nice, they said, while the king comes out to address his subjects!!
That it is wrong to force Americans to buy anything should be a given.
That those in Tennessee should tolerate such force is further proof that ours is a political system gone wild. Why we have tolerated forced car insurance is another wonder and never would have happened if former Rep. Jim Vincent's son had not had an accident with an uninsured driver. At least that is what is reported.
Furthermore, may this column be a vehicle to remind all elected officials that they took a solemn sworn oath before Almighty God to uphold TWO (2) Constitutions: The United States Constitution and the Tennessee Constitution. These two (NOTE THEM TWO (2) wonderful guarantees of individual liberty are often taken as if they are just a routine exercise, leaving one to abandon at will or necessity these awesome principles and promises. Such is not the case. But how can you keep something you have hardly read or studied or even considered holy? Do these oath-bound officials think God is dead? That He will do NOTHING about the violations of their sacred promises?
Law school is a perfect joke, preferring 'case law' to the actual commands and mandates of simply written Constitutions. Just memorize the latest supreme Court decisions and you are in, anointed and ordained to ignore your oath with caprice. The recent flurry of tea parties and tax rallies, much hated by those who have a vested interest in the mandated economy, has fielded copies of the U.S. Constitution to the citizens, who are now opening these little books and discovering great and wonderful things. These little books also have a copy of the Declaration of Independence which lists the Personage of God in His Name of Divine Providence, a legacy which puts luck and fortune in the shade. God's Hand in the Earth! Mighty Helper!
."The Doctrines and Disciplines of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1884, with an Appendix," edited by Bishop Harris, and published in Cincinnati that year, furnishes the following remarkable discipline for its membership: 'Article XXIII. Of the Rulers of the United States of America. Section 35. The President, the Congress, the General Assemblies, the Governors, and the Councils of State, or the Delegates of the People, are the Rulers of the United States of America, according to the division of power made to them by the Constitution of the United States, and by the Constitutions of their respective States. And the said states are a sovereign and independent nation, and ought not to be subject to any foreign jurisdiction.' " (emphasis mine)
What of the State Constitution and particularly the Declaration of Rights in Tennessee: Article I, Section 16: "The declaration of rights hereto prefixed is declared to be a part of the Constitution of the state, and shall never be violated on any pretense whatever. And to guard against transgression of the high powers we have delegated, we declare that everything in the bill of rights contained, is excepted out of the general powers of the government, and shall forever remain inviolate."(Uh, it says: '...shall forever remain inviolate...)
"Article I. Sect. 2, Declaration of Rights: That government being instituted for the common benefit, the doctrine of nonresistance against arbitrary power and oppression is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind." Passivity is outlawed in Tennessee.
Arbitrary Power makes one subject to the tyrannical bribes and mandates which are coming from Washington. Arbitrary Power demands that we be forced to fill the coffers of vested-interest merchants, whether insurance companies or their attendant do-good helpers and hospitals.
The Attorney General's office has been of no help when County after County has been forced by the ACLU to take away our God-given Right to pray and read the Bible, such lawyers have turned our young people into lawlessness and brought the wrath of God. He has looked the other way when lawsuits were piled onto counties who lived in fear of posting the Ten Commandments or simply wanting to keep libraries from furnishing filthy pictures for the students! Where was he with this arbitrary power ramming its dark mandates via Title 42 down our throats?
Impeachment is the perfect redress of grievances and should be started at once. And we shouldn't stop with the Attorney General. Are there those in Congress or State Legislatures who refuse to honor their oath of office and our Declaration and Bill of Rights? Let the new Attorney General begin impeachment on them, for we are no respecter of persons.