Alan Keyes: Horrible Constitutional Scholar
Alan Keye claims that the Declaration of Independence means that President Barack Obama cannot make executive orders. According to Keyes, only God has that power.
By acknowledging the Creator as the arbiter of justice in human affairs, the Declaration set aside the then still prevalent claim that the de facto superiority of the powerful gave them the natural and unchallenged right to rule over all the rest. It made clear that, in God’s will, power alone is not the standard of right. It articulated, for purposes of human government, the understanding that allowed each and every human being to claim the sanction of God’s authority for those actions, necessary for their good and that of all humanity, which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitled them to undertake. With this understanding, the Declaration emboldens the relatively weak to stand firm against abuses perpetrated by those who are relatively stronger. When the latter disparage, thwart, usurp or despoil activities entailed by God’s endowment of justice, the Declaration reminds us of the rights to which all who bear the title of humanity have equal claim. Thus emboldened by their consciousness of right, the weak may be moved to stand together, and by their common stand of righteous conscience transform their relative weakness into superior strength, sufficient to repel the abuses perpetrated against them.There is more.
But in the absence of a due regard for good conscience (i.e., the will to follow the God-endowed inclinations the voice of conscience articulates), the community of strength that constitutes the just powers derived from the consent of the people falls prey to the manipulation of material passion and fear. The powerful obviously have greater resources with which to undertake such manipulation. A de facto government of powers without regard to justice replaces the government of just powers derived from the consent of the governed. This fulfills the expectation expressed in William Penn’s famous dictum: “Those who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants.”The Declaration of Independence has no bearing on our laws. The Declaration was written by the Founding Fathers to declare independence from the reign of King George III. This is from the Declaration of Independence.
The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.Keyes would have no luck going to the Supreme Court to use the Declaration as basis for impeaching Obama. The Supreme Court has never used the Declaration of Independence as basis for deciding law. The crazy thing is Keyes is actually advocating revolution against the President of the United States. The Declaration was written during the Revolutionary War. The Founding Fathers made it clear that they would continue to engage in warfare if the English didn't honor their wishes.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.The fact that Keyes would cite a declaration of war as grounds to impeach Obama shows just how insane he is.