I’m sure most of my readers saw or heard Mr. Biden’s pronouncements yesterday about COVID-19 and new measures to deal with it.
There’s just one little problem about most of his decrees. They are not constitutional. The President does not have the legal authority to do those things. Therefore, those of us who have sworn to “support and defend” the constitution, and who take our oaths seriously, are going to respond to his decrees accordingly.
The same goes for any organ(s) of government that try to enforce those decrees. They, too, lack the constitutional authority to do that; therefore, their actions will be ipso facto and prima facie illegal. A great many Americans already know how to deal with those who try to force them into doing something by illegal means.
As I’ve said before, we’re dealing with usurpers of power who have to double down on their illegal seizure of power, because they have nothing to lose. They know what will happen to them
if when they’re deposed. We can therefore expect them to try to impose Mr. Biden’s plans upon us (or, rather, not his plans, but the plans of those behind him), any and every way they can, in order to force us into compliance, compel our obedience, and overcome our resistance. It’s up to us to stop them in their tracks. By all means, let that be through legal methods if possible.
St. Francis of Assisi is reputed to have said, “Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.” Those of us who’ve sworn an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic” and promised to “bear true faith and allegiance to the same” can understand his words. We are now called upon to “support and defend” legitimate, constitutional authority against its illegitimate, unconstitutional enemies, wherever they may be found. To do so is (or should be) a way of life, not mere words. If we have to live up to our oath, well, we won’t be the first Americans who’ve had to confront that reality. May we be worthy of, and live up to, the example the best among them have set us.
Let’s accept, too, that fulfilling our oath is likely to come at a price. Let us not flinch from paying it, if necessary.
On social media yesterday, this clip from the TV series Babylon 5 was circulating. It’s eerily prescient about how disdainfully and contemptuously the current denizens of the Capitol and the White House are treating our constitution.
Let’s make sure the powers that be don’t get away with the same thing in our non-fictional time.
I’ll let Samuel Adams have the last word.
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”