Howard’s End: Has the Rule of Law Been Abandoned
Howard’s End: Has the Rule of Law Been Abandoned?
The rule of law has been abandoned when so-called "civilised"countries unlawfully invade another or, domestically, when a reviewer of ACC decisions believes that just because something is not authrorised in the legislation it "is of no relevance." Either way, tyranny and oppression of others is on the rise. Maree Howard writes.
The actions of Bush and Blair over Iraq, and even the ACC reviewer, are actually telling us all that the rights and freedoms of humanity are now defined by the politicians or the bureaucrats - not by a God, or even the will of the people through the democratic process.
Today, people are told, and children learn at school, that the rights and freedoms they have only exist because that person is a member of a community or a nation.
The power elites are saying that our rights to exist as humans descend from government, are given out by politicians, are invented by them - and can be taken away by them.
In the case of the ACC reviewer he's saying that even that's not true. That ACC is now the legislator and will decide the limits of its powers and basis of your rights - properly authorised or not.
Is that true? Are our rights and freedoms to exist as humans so tenuous?
If it is true, then our inherent, permanent and universal rights and freedoms as humans are not rights at all - they are privileges, bestowed on us by legislative decree at the whim of a policitican or a bureaucrat.
If mankind is not to be compelled to take up arms against tyranny and oppression, then the rule of law must prevail. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights says as much.
In the context of the invasion of Iraq, much has been said lately about the words of Martin Luther King Jnr, but many neglect to say that he was a Christian religious minister.
We learn that Mr King got his ideas for peaceful resistance from two sources - Mahatma Ghandi and Henry David Thoreau. But to ignore that his inspiration also came from his Christain Bible is ludicrous.
After all, it was Jesus who first taught - Ghandi and Thoreau included- about loving your enemy and turning the other cheek.
I wonder whether our children are being taught this part of his "I have a dream speech" Probably not because teaching religion in public schools is forbidden, so better to ignore it.
"I have a dream today."
"I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together."
"This is our hope. This is the faith with which we turn South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day."
"This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning, 'My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.'
"And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania."
"Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colarado!"
" Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California!"
"But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain, Georgia!"
Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi! From every mountainside let freedom ring!"
"When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing the words of the old Negro spiritual, 'Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last."
Freedom was what Martin Luther King was about. In fact, he spoke more about freedom than he did about rights. He was very clear about where he thought true freedom and rights came from. That distinction has been obliterated in today's teaching about him.
Why? Because freedom cannot be controlled by a Government, a politician or a bureaucrat. The power elites would prefer to define the limits of your freedom by arbitrarily creating new "rights" and diminishing the notion of the unalienable gifts of God to all humanity.
Muslim, Jew, Christain, what is being produced today is not educated and enlightened people, but dumb-downed spare parts for a giant statist-corporate matrix called humanity.