“Our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood. And liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right, from the frame of their nature, to knowledge, as their great Creator, who does nothing in vain, has given them understandings, and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean, of the characters and conduct of their rulers. Rulers are no more than attorneys, agents, and trustees for the people; and if the cause, the interest and trust, is insidiously betrayed, or wantonly trifled away, the people have a right to revoke the authority that they themselves have deputed, and to constitute abler and better agents, attorneys, and trustees. And the preservation of the means of knowledge among the lowest ranks, is of more importance to the public than all the property of all the rich men in the country” (John Adams, vice president under George Washington, and second president of the United States, A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, 1765).
Under the growing pressure from politically adaptive Case Law and bullying federal agencies in Washington, D.C., the authority belonging to the states and local community institutions have been overtaken nationwide. The Tenth Amendment restrictions on the use of federal power have been violated with devastating affect. The text of the Tenth Amendment is clear, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
The liberal lawyer majority on the Supreme Court shows absolutely no respect for the original application and civilizing quality of the Tenth Amendment. The federal abuses listed below call for the rising tide of citizen determination for the coming Article V Convention of the States’ authority; to revitalize the Tenth Amendment.
- Forced removal of the Ten Commandments from courthouse properties and on taxpayer-funded federal land grant colleges, universities and local public schools.
- Permitting teacher tenure guarantees that protect the small cadre who condemn the American Judeo-Christian heritage in taxpayer-funded classrooms. Tenure for faculty in the hard sciences, engineering, agriculture, etc. is only acceptable if leadership rejects the demands by tenured liberals who insist on faculty time for their cultural war of secular propaganda. Liberals will rebel if kept off the faculty and threaten to quit teaching. Do not compromise what the American Declaration of Independence accomplished. Liberal progressives can fund and build their own schools.
- Permitting radical teachers in taxpayer-funded government classrooms to issue blanket condemnations of America as an evil nation.
- Nationwide obliteration of First Amendment law protecting religious freedom and education freedom of, by and for the people in the states from federal oppression.
Striking at the very heart of self-government and liberty, these actions by a handful of unelected Supreme Court lawyers have contributed to the move toward socialism.
What American youth do not hear that should be taught—the Judeo-Christian heritage and historic American exceptionalism.
~ D. Norris