I always find it interesting how the words of the Founders can reach forward and be relevant in the present day. How odd it is that this day, on which the Senate¬¬ voted to strike down a rule that guarded against a tyranny of the majority, falls only one day from the anniversary of the famous report given by the Boston Committee of Correspondence to a town meeting of Bostonians on November 20, 1772. The report, read and primarily written by Samuel Adams, discussed the natural rights of the colonists as men, the rights of colonists as Christians, and the rights of colonists as subjects. In the final section, Adams made two comments about the legislature which ring true on this day:
“The Legislative cannot justly assume to itself a power to rule by extempore arbitrary decrees; but it is bound to see that justice is dispensed, and that the rights of the subjects be decided by promulgated, standing, and known laws, and authorized independent judges; that is, independent, as far as possible, of Prince and people.”
“The Legislative has no right to absolute, arbitrary power over the lives and fortunes of the people; nor can mortals assume a prerogative not only too high for men, but for angels, and therefore reserved for the exercise of the Deity alone.”
Please take a moment to consider how the change of a rule in the Senate can impact our country. It is on days like these when we must rise up and voice our concerns as the People. If our elected officials do not respond to our voice, we must work to elect fellow citizens who will remember where the true power in our nation rests. There are always solutions if we work together. Hence, the break in the clouds in the attached picture. That, after all, is What IS Right With America.
Read The Rights of the Colonists on: http://www.bingoforpatriots.com/american-history/founding-fathers/signers-of-the-declaration-of-independence/samuel-adams-2/the-rights-of-the-colonists/
Susan C. Rempel, Ph.D.