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The Constitution on a Thread?

Sometimes prophecy is fulfilled in a drastic and noticeable manner.  More often it seems to be fulfilled in a slow, behind the scenes manner that is only noticeable to those who wish to look.  In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, it is often discussed that Joseph Smith predicted that in the Last Days, the constitution of the United States would hang by a thread.  With this in mind, it was really interesting to read the following article from the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/07/us/we-the-people-loses-appeal-with-people-around-the-world.html

The article discusses the waning influence of the U. S. Constitution in the world and possible reasons:

“There are lots of possible reasons.  The United States Constitution is terse and old, and it guarantees relatively few rights.  The commitment of some members of the Supreme Court to interpreting the Constitution according to its original meaning in the 18th century may send the signal that it is of little current use to, say, a new African nation.  And the Constitution’s waning influence may be part of a general decline in American power and prestige.

In an interview, Professor Law identified a central reason for the trend:  the availability of newer, sexier and more powerful operating systems in the constitutional marketplace.  “Nobody wants to copy Windows 3.1, ” he said.

In a television interview during a visit to Egypt last week, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Supreme Court seemed to agree.  “I would not look to the United States Constitution if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012, ” she said.  She recommended, instead, the South African Constitution, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms or the European Convention on Human Rights.

…Americans recognize rights not widely protected, including ones to a speedy trial, and are outliers in prohibiting government establishment of religion.  But the Constitution is out of step with the rest of the world in failing to protect, at least in so many words, a right to travel, the presumption of innocence and entitlement to food, education and health care.

It has its idiosyncrasies.  Only 2 percent of the world’s constitutions protect, as the Second Amendment does, a right to bear arms.”

So there you have it folks!  Even some of our Supreme Court Justices believe our Constitution is a relic, really only good for a museum.  As we look a little deeper into this subject, in the light of what we learned from Quigley’s Tragedy & Hope and the early Progressives, I believe we can see what is happening on a Global scale.  Note that Justice Ginsburg recommended documents which contain strong positive liberties (positive power for government).  The NY Times cites entitlements to food, education, and health care.  To provide these requires strong government power and tramples individual liberty.  See my article on the Constitution of the USSR for more information: http://www.stateofmankind.com/governing-principles/the-constitution-of-the-ussr/.  If we see the changes that are slowly happening in the world, I believe Quigley makes perfect sense when he says:

And, in general, there will be a very considerable modification of the areas and objectives of freedom in all societies of the world, with gradual reduction of numerous personal freedoms of the past accompanied by the gradual increase of other fundamental freedoms…”

Our personal freedoms are guaranteed by our constitution. Justice Ginsburg (who should be a staunch defender of the U. S. Constitution, by oath) is promoting an increase in collectivist freedoms which require government power that our Constitution protects against.  We will also recall that, according to Quigley, the New York Times is a mouthpiece for the Rhodes/Milner combination (see http://www.stateofmankind.com/tragedy-and-hope-review/round-table-groups/ for more information).  The tone of this NY Times article, and the people in high places now against the Constitution, and the rest of the world being pushed down a Progressive path, suggest to me that our Constitution truly is hanging by a thread and the prophecy of Joseph Smith is being fulfilled, ever so slowly.

 

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