I’m not a lawyer, nor have I played one on television (although I’m a some-time actor and have yet to play one of those on television either). But the lawlessness of our government, most egregiously perpetrated by the president and his administration in countless incidents (quite a few clearly impeachable and probably criminal offenses) over the past nearly seven years is obvious to anyone who has even a passing knowledge of law and how our system is supposed to function.
Solyndra, Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS, Amnesty, Obamacare, Homosexual Marriage, SCOTUS rulings (on the latter three in particular), the social justice activism by the Dept. of Justice in Ferguson and Baltimore, ruling via executive fiat with a pen and a phone, and now the Senate’s abrogation of its Constitutionally mandated treaty authority under Article 2 with the sham Iran “agreement.” Whether for political expediency by the Democrats to destroy the country and remake it into some sort of socialist utopia or the complicity by the Republicans in high office to profit off the transformation, they have all but shredded the delicate fabric that holds the civil society together. And the thread that binds it all together is a just and stable law
Considering all of the above, Rowan County, KY clerk Kim Davis’ arrest and imprisonment for her refusal to grant marriage licenses to homosexual couples is an absolute travesty (the details were discussed at length on these pages earlier in the week). But we shouldn’t be surprised. As I understand it, she even offered a reasonable solution by having her name simply removed from the licenses in question. It was rejected out of hand by the judge. In essence, she is to be made an example; she refused to knuckle under for whatever her reasons (religious and/or legal) and she will be crushed.
Aside from the usual media hacks and leftist legal “experts” who are cheering Davis’ incarceration and vicious public pillorying of her personal life, there sadly are a considerable number of alleged conservative legal analysts and even some in the GOP presidential field who, although professing sympathy to her plight, nevertheless talk about having absolute fealty to the rule of law. Unfortunately, they are either completely ignorant of the nature of the 1st Amendment, the 9th and 10th Amendments, the total abuse of the 14th, and the nearly seven years of in your face lawlessness coming from Washington, or worse; they’re active participants in it.
As I knew would happen when Obergfell came down, there would be a direct conflict between the individual’s right to freedom of religion and the now magically discovered “right” for two people of any and all genders to marry each other. Recall with Obamacare and the Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor cases, some Solomonic geniuses even pronounced that the first amendment only allows the teaching of Christian doctrine, NOT their actual practice. Kim Davis’ life, I fear, is ruined. Certainly her career as a public official is over. As are the lives of Jonathan and Elaine Huguenin for refusing to photograph a homosexual wedding in New Mexico, Aaron Klein for refusing to bake a cake for another same sex wedding in Oregon and Crystal O’Connor whose unforgivable sin was merely answering “no” to the hypothetical question of would her family-owned pizzeria cater a gay wedding (note: I don’t know anyone who’d have their wedding catered by a pizzeria). It was heartwarming to see the overwhelmingly successful Go Fund Me campaign in support of the latter. But this is not a longterm, practical response. Now that gay marriage “is the law of the land” we’re going to see many more lose their businesses defending themselves in court or get thrown into prison.
All three branches of our government, including the unofficial fourth branch as represented by the bureaucracy, are now arrayed against the people in order to cement the 100 year counter-American revolution. When the law is perverted in its enactment and in its subsequent enforcement, when thousands of pages of rules and regulations that have the force of law are enacted by unelected bureaucrats at the behest of the Executive branch that confiscate/redistribute wealth, punish success and force us into mass social engineering schemes, our individual liberty and sovereignty diminish more and more. Worse, our lives are no longer our own. Yet, despite a paper-thin veneer of legality, they are to be obeyed at all costs.
As I noted in my previous post, both Dred Scott and Plessy v. Ferguson were also once the law of the land. It cost us over 700,000 killed to overturn the former and nearly 100 years of fighting an entrenched, unreconstructed (no pun) Democrat party/KKK to overturn the latter. One wonders how Lindsey Graham would’ve reacted to each of those decisions had he been around in their times. His utter obtuseness and complete lack of understanding of the past and what’s going on around him today is staggering. I don’t know. Maybe I shouldn’t bitch so much. After all, Arby’s fired an employee who refused to serve a police officer, so even-steven, all friends now, eh? Oh, wait. They DIDN’T fire him.
I am reminded of Burt Lancaster’s performance as a former Nazi judge on trial for war crimes in “Judgement at Nuremberg.” He ultimately takes responsibility and condemns himself for not standing up against lawless laws when standing up was necessary and, considering his position, could have counted for something. He not only didn’t, but he went along by sentencing innocent people to death or concentration camps simply by following what was also “the law of the land,” which in Nazi Germany were the infamous Nuremberg Laws.
If Kim Davis’ arrest and imprisonment as a prisoner of conscience isn’t an alarm bell, it damn well should be. We are in uncharted territory and it’s frightening. The time for organized, non-violent resistance has come. Exactly how that manifests itself, IF it manifests itself, is anyone’s guess.