U.S. Constitution, Article 6, clause 2:
“This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”
But in 1803, in Marbury v. Madison, Supreme Court Justice John Marshall opposes, and sais:
“too extravagant to be maintained that the Framers had intended that a case arising under…
A sentinel with the ‘spirit of liberty’ makes his case to the slavery faction:
“When you make these declarations, you have a specific and well-understood allusion to an assumed Constitutional right of yours, to take slaves in the federal territories, and to hold them there as property. But no such right is specifically written in the Constitution. That instrument is literally silent about any such right. We, on the contrary, deny that such a right has any existence in the Constitution, even by implication.”
“When this obvious mistake of the judges shall be brought to their notice, is it…
Liberty; it is a word that brings to mind the idea of being free, unbound, movement, and self-government. It is the happy doorway, path, and foundation for creativity, enterprise, and peace. It is also a word that may conjure images of American Revolutionary soldiers and statesmen, like George Washington on his horse before a battalion of soldiers, and John Adams imploring, giving gravity to, admonishing, and fine-tuning before the Continental Congress what should be the just measure of ideas that forms the government.
Liberty; a word of the past, encased in glass and history books; a story to behold…
The united strength of the whole;
the moral and intellectual intelligence of the people;
those remaining fountains of empathy;
bring these forth;
let passion join with solemnity;
that love, joy, & peace may abound
sharpen the heart unto braveness;
give it prowess; make that mind bright;
slacken the weights of complacency that lull;
unburden the soul from purchasing the short bread of appeasement
in you & in me; solidarity in allowing the national unity
that is the promise of our Declaration of Independence;
that spirit of liberty that moved Abigail Adams to lay the hay for the tired soldier,
Liberty is ‘national.’ Its presence relaxes the mind. The person is enough being human. Nothing more is required. Safety and peace rises like a sun within the people of the land. They go about their day doing good, being happy.
A rightly educated, independent sharp mind, and an empathic heart that cares for the wellbeing of others; that cares about our community; the two wings upon which liberty soars.
The gentle balance of strong mind, and gentle heart; these are the eyes of liberty; an eagle in mid flight, a disinterested, altruist defender; a champion unlike any other.
In speaking directly to the American people, in admonishing members of our Supreme Court, in supporting a congressional Pro Life coalition of Republicans & Democrats; in rooting out the unnatural springs of acrimony and division, the cause of liberty and justice has continued its relentless movement to reach our hearts & minds. Its disinterested defenders clearly identify the construction of the self-serving abortion industry upon our government. True liberty; and the defense of it, namely our natural rights as laid before us in our constitutional documents, offers no new vision before us; no new radical additional construction. That would be…
Think not that the promise of liberty was only purchased in our American Revolution with the triumph of physical battle. It was born in the heart and mind; in the resolve to not return to being second-class citizens without representation in a government that was not of and for the people, but to go onward with a clear understanding that we have these natural rights. …
Staying ‘national’ breathes fresh air into the Declaration of Independence,
in that it creates an incredible space for all the citizens of our national community
to agree on the fundamental ideas that first established American independence:
that we are all created equal in value, that we have a natural right to life, liberty,
and to be happy, and that to secure these inalienable rights,
a government of the people is formed for the protection of the people.
Adherence to the promise of an integrated community as set forth in that declaratory founding document is easy if we lay our self-interest…
Abraham Lincoln understood that the institution of slavery was a direct challenge to the words of our Declaration of Independence, and seeing them being hollowed, he, of the champion intellectuals of his age, next to John Quincy Adams and Frederick Douglass, understood the call in his heart and mind to be selfless in the cause of liberty; being unspotted in his good work to lay claim upon that first promissory note that became the initial document for the defense of individual liberty; his completed works rendering proof of justice to the spirit of 1776; placing the citizens as co-sovereigns and…
The process of critical thinking logically demands a fair, open-mind that gathers information and ultimately renders a disinterested opinion. Not a cold, heartless opinion, but one bonded to a warm, human sympathy for people. A true critical thinker, in continuity then, is anchored to a moral foundation that serves as a gravitational ballast giving selfless allegiance, without prejudice, to a naturally good set of moral principles.
“…my fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.”
President John F. Kennedy,
Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961