by Drew Foster –
East Amwell Township N. J.
“Are you a lawyer?!” the sheriff snapped.
“No,” I replied quietly.
“Then what do you know about the Constitution?!”
“Well,” I said matter-of-factly, “I can read.”
This conversation began at a protest in New Jersey in the 1990s, when I claimed that a certain government action was unconstitutional. The sheriff overheard the comment and nearly came unglued. It only got worse when he realized he had nowhere to go with his argument. He couldn’t argue with someone who had actually read the document that he swore an oath to uphold.
If you can read this article, you can read the U.S. Constitution and your state constitution, and you can understand them. The only people who apparently can’t understand them, or refuse to accept their truths and values, are judges and lawyers.
Most state constitutions explicitly prohibit imprisonment for debt. The Bill of Rights, at Amendment VIII, states, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” (Emphasis added) But every day, in every state, there are men and women imprisoned for debt. The most egregious examples are those where ex-spouses are ordered by “family” court to pay support that exceeds their ability to do so. They get around their violation of our constitutionally-protected right by calling it contempt. See https://harvardlawreview.org/2016/02/state-bans-on-debtors-prisons-and-criminal-justice-debt-appendix/
Every state prohibits murder – the taking of innocent life – yet the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade said that murder is a woman’s right, completely sidestepping the very first sentence of the Constitution and its clearly stated intent for all the unborn, “[P]romote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” Who is the “posterity” that is referred to? All future generations. Obviously, the Constitution was and is intended to protect the unborn. If you don’t like that perspective, what about the idea of a democracy. (We should reject the democracy idea, for that is inconsistent with our foundational documents, but please bear with me, here.) It’s probably safe to say that those justices who legalized abortion were also supporters of the idea of democracy. Last I knew, there are always three involved in an abortion – a mother, a father, and a baby. The Supreme Court essentially wrote law from the bench that the father and baby had no say in the matter. So, a woman can make a unilateral decision that ends the life of one human being and often emotionally damages the life of another. There are ministries across the country helping the fathers of aborted babies to cope with the loss. (Please understand, my accusations here are against a corrupt judiciary. There is very real hope and healing for parents of aborted babies through Jesus Christ. His grace, forgiveness, and love abound.)
And of course there’s always the Second Amendment, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The court can’t even understand four simple words, “shall not be infringed”! Well of course not, because this is a fighting amendment, one that restricts the court’s ability to run roughshod over a free state.
Many more examples are easily found. With the briefest review of rights, which are clearly from God, “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…” (Declaration of Independence) and an objective look (meaning, don’t take the judges’ and lawyers’ word for it), it becomes clear who the enemy is and that we are a nation at war within. If that sounds brash, consider that there is a very real psychological problem in our country called Legal Abuse Syndrome, a type of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (you know, that thing that combat soldiers come home with). Would a just judiciary (I necessarily include all judges and lawyers as the judiciary) routinely cause the damages that we see? The abuses and damage from family court, first and foremost, surround us. Examples from other areas of “law” abound.
There is action that you and I can take to end the suffering, the damage, the decline of our nation as it was originally intended.
This is the first in a series of articles intended to raise awareness of the evil that lurks in our society, to challenge Americans to think, and to empower and encourage them to act.
Drew Foster will be discussing these issues as a guest on Bryon Dale’s blog radio show, Saturday, September 16, from 10:00 to 11:30 central time. Log on to listen, or telephone to listen, comment, and ask questions. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wealthmoneyradioshow, — 347-884-9499 — The show will be archived if you miss it live.
9 September 2017
by Drew Foster
Former Mayor of East Amwell Township
Drew Foster has served on both appointed and elected positions in municipal government in New Jersey, ultimately serving as Mayor of East Amwell Township.