Tuesday, May 17, 2011

I'll Dance, But I'm Leading

Cincinnatus leaves the plow. For a few days.

Everyone past the age of seventeen knows that you dance with who brung you. Except for politicians, who, in spite of having conned the gullible into electing them, do not themselves understand that it is the Constitution that got them where they are; and that it is their duty to guard, defend and protect it, not abuse, misuse and attempt to destroy it. What is wrong with us?

Omnia relinquit servare Republicam, or as (mis)translated by modern "public servants," You should give up everything to provide for my whims.

Update: Ironically, I had written but had not yet posted this rant before the Indiana Supreme Court handed down its decision last Thursday to the effect that, in Indiana, it is unlawful for a citizen to resist unlawful entry into his home by an officer of the law.

The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America?

Where are the protests from our duly elected members of our government?

Who, now, will "protect and defend" the Constitution?

Update update: On Monday the US Supreme Court ruled that warrantless burst-ins by police is okay if the officer suspects someone is trying to "hide drugs." Ruth Bader Ginsberg was the lone dissenter, writing, "The court today arms the police with a way routinely to dishonor the Fourth Amendment's warrant requirement in drug cases. In lieu of presenting their evidence to a neutral magistrate, police officers may now knock, listen, then break the door down, never mind that they had ample time to obtain a warrant."

Apologia: This started as a ten-line condemnation of some politicians' failures to understand their responsibilities under the Constitution. Due to recent rulings of our courts which appear to me to violate the Fourth Amendment, this has turned into something I seldom engage in on this blog: politics. I can't keep up with it, folks. Things are moving too fast.


Secondary Roads said...

Today's politicos could learn a lot Cincinnatus. Or, for that matter, Gideon. Go do the job. Return to your home and your life.

Vee said...

Sad that the courts are ignoring the Constitution. Where will the madness stop?

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Hmmm- I'm for the rights of citizens as envisioned by those Constitution writers.

vanilla said...

Chuck, too right; and the sooner the better.

Vee, or for that matter, will it stop?

Shark, I believe that is what I am for, as well.

Lin said...

Frightening, isn't it? Don't you feel like it's only you who thinks this is wrong? Ugh.

Pearl said...

You're not the only one finding this disturbing.

In the pursuit of illegal drugs, is that the ruse? Pathetic.


Rebecca Mecomber said...

Oh this is SO infuriating. I truly think the cry for liberty is in the air once again, but our voices must be very loud.

No King but King Jesus! (one of the Revolution's battle cries).

P.S. Have you ever read Francis Schaeffer's "A Christian Manifesto"? It's a glorious work.

vanilla said...

Lin, it is frightening; but I judge that the people commenting here are with me!

Pearl, good. I hope everyone rises up in protest. And yes, the "drug ruse."

Rebecca, I hope our cries are heard. And no, I haven't read the Schaeffer work you cite. I'll have to look that up!