In our democratic system of government, a law has one legitimate meaning, and one meaning only, and that is the meaning that was given to it by those who made it a law. It’s a simple rule, and it’s not difficult to understand. Anything else is a perversion of democracy.
Unfortunately, we now live in an America where that perversion of democracy takes place routinely behind this magnificent edifice, where a handful of people with no respect for the rule of law slink around in black robes and decide for themselves which laws they will allow the people to enforce, and which they will simply throw out because THEY do not approve.
When Chief Justice John Marshall said it was the duty of the courts to declare the meaning of the laws, he did NOT say, and he did not MEAN, that the courts were free to rewrite them, to pick and choose among them based on their own personal prejudices and whims. But that is what now happens behind these doors.
James Madison and George Mason would not recognize the document that this Court calls our Constitution today. What our Founders called abominable “crimes against nature,” this Court has called a constitutional right. What our Founders considered the unconscionable murder of innocent, preborn babies, this Court now considers a birthright. If you don’t like your baby, feel free to rip it out, because this Court has found for you a constitutional right to do so, lurking somewhere in the penumbras and emanations of the Bill of Rights.
George Washington told us we should pray to God for guidance and wisdom before every public meeting; the Courts now tell us that to do so is a thing of evil — offensive to our constitution, and forbidden to our elected officials. To honor fallen soldiers with a cross or a Star of David is no longer a proper memorial: it has become, somehow, an impermissible establishment of religion.
And sadly, my friends, we are now perhaps only days away from this Court telling us that holy matrimony between one man and one woman, ordained by God in the Garden of Eden, recognized by countless societies over countless years as the most efficient unit of civilization known to man, is now merely a relic of a bygone age, no longer worth saving. Indeed, I fear this Court will go farther than that, and say that the people of America are constitutionally FORBIDDEN from preserving traditional marriage as the cornerstone of our civilization.
This is a state of affairs that would have been UNIMAGINABLE to Madison, or Jefferson, or Adams, or Washington. Indeed, it would have been unimaginable for Lincoln a century later, and even for my own father, yet another century on, who fought in Europe and in the Pacific to preserve a Constitution that, quite frankly, no longer exists. It has been completely rewritten in the last fifty years, turned on its head to mean the opposite of what its Founders clearly intended.
Scripture speaks to these times. The Proverb tells us that “[h]e who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both an abomination to God.” Is this not precisely what this Court now does? Does it not exalt the homosexual and the atheist and the abortionist above the interests of the believers amongst our citizenry? Those who harbor traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs in matters of morality are now firmly in the crosshairs of our judicial system.
This is not the work of the Founders: it is the work of the judges and justices who have hijacked our democracy, and it is time for us to take it back. Lord Acton warned us that “[p]ower tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Well, that absolute power has indeed corrupted many of the justices who lurk behind these doors. They devote themselves to a life of wandering about, looking desperately for a seemingly endless array of constitutional rights hidden so deeply in the cracks and crevices and penumbras of our Constitution that they take centuries to be discovered — by enlightened jurists like Sonia Sotomayor, a completely undisciplined judge with a pedestrian intellect whose sole qualification for the Court was that she is a Puerto Rican female.
The sad truth is that while liberal Congressmen and Senators stand firmly behind their crusading, left wing activist judges, we simply do not have enough truly conservative Congressmen and Senators willing to support the more principled jurists, and actively fight the judicial radicals who have hijacked our democracy. Political courage is always a rare commodity. Many who claim to be conservative look upon social and cultural issues more as a grand inconvenience than as an opportunity to take a stand. If they defend challenged legislation at all, they do so half-heartedly, and secretly pray not that they be used as a vessel for change, but that the courts will take the sticky issues from them, so they won’t be asked to take a stand.
My friends, there ARE things you can do about this. Support the organizations you have heard from here today. Stand up and be heard. Be always accountable for your beliefs. Do NOT be intimidated by those who call evil good, and good evil. Speak your mind in your churches, and at work, and at play. The Congress has considerable political tools at their disposal to help the people resist the tyranny of the judiciary; we must elect officials who have the courage to use them.
Elect to Congress men and women who have the fortitude to hold this Court responsible for the acts of violence it commits against the constitution, and against the people. Demand the impeachment and removal of arrogant, defiant judges who abuse their lifetime appointments. Insist that your Congressman and Senators support legislation that would remove jurisdiction from the Courts to hear appeals in areas where they have outrageously and continually overstepped their authority — bills like Representative Steve King’s “Restrain the Judges on Marriage Act.”
And most of all, PRAY — while it’s still constitutional to do it. Pray as our forebears did so earnestly on their knees. Ask God to give you the wisdom to know what’s right, and the courage to stand up for it. Pray that this this country will turn from its wicked ways, that we halt our descent into cultural madness, and once again seek the face of God.
Kay Daly is the former North Carolina Republican Party spokesman who won the American Conservative Union’s prestigious Ronald Reagan Award at the 30th annual CPAC.