I have been spending a lot of time recently reading and thinking about the Declaration of Independence. Our federal government is the source of so much misinformation. One of those things that our federal government has completely wrong is which the superior sovereign is. The federal government claims the virtual power of god over the states. And yet that was the furthest thing from the Founders’ minds. The Declaration of Independence declares that, “That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain.” It is the Colonies that are free and independent, not the federal government. The source of the federal power comes from the states.
It is not surprising, therefore, that James Madison wrote in Federalist No. 45, “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.”
One wonders how we should consider Chief Justice Roberts’ comment, “In the typical case we look to the States to defend their prerogatives by adopting ‘the simple expedient of not yielding’ to federal blandishments when they do not want to embrace the federal policies as their own. Massachusetts v. Mellon, 262 U. S. 447, 482 (1923). The States are separate and independent sovereigns. Sometimes they have to act like it.” So according to the Supreme Court, they are willing to stand by and watch the federal government fleece the states of their powers until such time as the states stand up for themselves. Is that justice?
Another area where the faith of the federal government has fleeced the American people is in the arena of science. The common conception is that evolution must be taught in public schools and creationism is folly. Creationism is belittled and excluded.
But what do our national documents say about the subject of creation? The Declaration proclaims, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government.”
There are a series of ideas that build on themselves in this short proclamation. First, we are created; we are not evolved. Second, we have our rights from our creator. Third, governments exist to protect these God created rights. Fourth, and finally, if a government fails to protect these rights, it is time to dissolve said government.
The consequences of this progression are clear. Eliminate creation, you eliminate the creator. You eliminate the creator, you eliminate the source of rights, and government becomes the source of rights. What government gives, it can take away. There is no basis on which to stand against a tyrannical government.
But restore creation, and you restore the source of inalienable rights. Restore inalienable rights and you restore the basis on which a tyrannical government may be challenged. The Northwest Ordinance makes it clear that religion and morality are essential to our form of government for that very reason. Morality and religion is the reason education was so important to the American nation. It is time to return creationism to the place it belongs in the government schools.