Secular authoritarians insist upon what they call a “living constitution” that has an open-minded disconnect from moral absolutes. As has been attributed to Dostoevsky among others, “If God is dead, then anything is permitted.” The colossal failure of secularized education flowing from teachers unions and tenure privileges, which subordinates citizen sovereignty, is the damning consequence of atheistic-secular politics. The Constitution becomes a mere political document for manipulation by authoritarians who show themselves to be enemies of family, human dignity and limited government.
Regardless of the arguments advanced by those who reject the intent of the Constitution, the Rule of Law means that the government is limited in all of its actions by the rules fixed and ratified beforehand. This is the context within which legislation, court decisions and administrative directives at all levels of government must fit.
For those who deny the important role of morality, here is its meaning from Merriam-Webster: “a: of or relating to principles of right and wrong in behavior: ETHICAL [moral judgments]; b: expressing or teaching a conception of right behavior [a moral poem]; c: conforming to a standard of right behavior; d: sanctioned by or operative on one’s conscience or ethical judgment [a moral obligation]; e: capable of right and wrong action [a moral agent].”
Americans determined to protect liberty reject the “living constitution” because it leaves society vulnerable to political deception. Constitutional government by “written and permanent law” requires an amendment that is acceptable to the people before a change in its provisions is acceptable. Faithfulness to this process protects society from political deception and the convolution associated with government by incalculable and changeable decrees.
Those who reject the rule of law based upon moral absolutes are like ships without an anchor.
This drift is illustrated by judicial decisions that set precedents ignoring and overriding the meaning of the Constitution. An example of the foolishness of the rule of man rather than the rule of law is the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s ruling on November 2, 2005, that parents’ fundamental right to control the upbringing of their children “does not extend beyond the threshold of the school door,” and that a government school has the right to provide its students with “whatever information it wishes to provide, sexual or otherwise” (Fields v. School District, No. 03-56499, D.C. No. CV-03-00457-JVS). This unconscionable judge-made law further strengthens the arms of union bosses, leftist teachers and radicals, if any, on school boards.
American conservatism transcends both the good and evil intentions of today’s adherents to the old European secular philosophy—the religious and political left. Revisionist morality, supported by the Darwinian theory for life’s origin, meaning, and purpose, represents one of the greatest evils of our time.* A focus upon the danger to American liberty can be narrowed to those who are at the seat of the problem—secular militarists.
American exceptionalism, the tradition of citizen self-reliance, and the liberty that comes with limited government CAN be restored.
*Charles Darwin published his theory for a God-rejecting worldview in the book The Origin of Species, published in 1859. There is some adaptation within species, but the Herculean efforts of science pretenders to find evolution between species fail. Sir Arthur Keith, a leading evolutionist has written: “Evolution is unproved and unprovable. We believe it only because the only alternative is special creation which is unthinkable” (Sir Arthur Keith, as cited in Wallie A. Criswell’s Did Man Just Happen? Grand Rapids MI: Zondervan, 1972, p. 73; D. M. S. Watson acknowledged the same in Nature, vol. 124, August 10, 1929, pp. 231-234).
~ David Norris