Monday, June 30, 2014

Judicial Watch Favorably Reacts to Supreme Court's Decision on HHS Contraceptive Mandate

Judicial Watch Favorably Reacts to Supreme Court's Decision on HHS Contraceptive Mandate
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WASHINGTON, June 30, 2014 /Standard Newswire/ -- Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton made the following statement today in response to the United States Supreme Court's "Hobby Lobby" holding that the contraceptive mandate, as applied to closely held corporations, is unlawful. The five-four decision, written by Justice Samuel Alito, sided with family-run businesses that regard some forms of contraception, especially those that can cause abortions, as immoral.

"A battle has been won in the defense of the First Amendment right to religious freedom. The Obama administration has been waging war on several fronts against the Christian Church. This Obama assault, through Obamacare, was without modern precedent. Judicial Watch today applauds the high court's decision to repel the administration's overreach, which would have had Americans to violate their consciences or lose their livelihoods."

Judicial Watch filed an amicus curiae brief on January 28 with the United States Supreme Court in support of a religious liberty challenge by the retail chain Hobby Lobby to the Obamacare "contraceptive mandate" (Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, et al. v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., et al. (No.13-354)).

The Judicial Watch's brief argues that the contraceptive mandate violates provisions of the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which, in accordance with the First Amendment protection of the free exercise of religion, prohibits the federal government from substantially burdening religious exercise without compelling justification.

Terming the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) mandate an "unprecedented grab for power," the Judicial Watch amicus brief argues:

The challenged regulation ... is not simply the consequence of poor political choices; it is the product of a dangerous entanglement of Congress and an Executive agency that ultimately tramples on religious liberties.

In an unprecedented grab for power, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") has not only unilaterally authored, enacted, and changed the contraceptive mandate, but it now seeks to redefine a separate act of Congress -- the Religious Freedom Restoration Act -- to preserve its power grab. This simply cannot stand.

Judicial Watch also argues that the owners of Hobby Lobby and other businesses should not have to choose between "fidelity to [their] faith or the imposition of unimaginable fines." The brief also reminds the Court of James Madison's words in the Federalist Papers: "an elective despotism was not the government we fought for."

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

American Minute with Bill Federer 'Get first all the People's Money...The Government of the States may...end in a Monarchy.'

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'Get first all the People's Money...The Government of the States may...end in a Monarchy.' -Franklin

The Constitutional Convention was in a deadlock over how large and small states could be represented equally.

Some delegates left.

Then, on JUNE 28, 1787, 81-year-old Benjamin Franklin spoke and shortly after, the U.S. Constitution became a reality.

Franklin stated:

"Groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us,

how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights...

In the beginning of the Contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayer in this room for Divine protection.

Our prayers, Sir, were heard and they were graciously answered.

All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a Superintending Providence in our favor...

And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend? or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance?"

Franklin concluded:

"We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that 'except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it'...

I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall better than the Builders of Babel."

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Ben Franklin had given another address at the Constitutional Convention on June 2, 1787, titled Dangers of a Salaried Bureaucracy:

"Sir, there are two passions which have a powerful influence in the affairs of men...ambition and avarice - the love of power and the love of money...

When united...they have...the most violent effects.

Place before the eyes of such men a post of honor, that shall, at the same time, be a place of profit, and they will move heaven and earth to obtain it...

What kind are the men that will strive for this profitable preeminence, through all the bustle of cabal, the heat of contention, the infinite mutual abuse of parties, tearing to pieces the best of characters?

It will not be the wise and moderate, the lovers of peace and good order, the men fittest for the trust.

It will be the bold and the violent, the men of strong passions and indefatigable activity in their selfish pursuits.

These will thrust themselves into your government and be your rulers..."

Franklin explained further:

"There will always be a party for giving more to the rulers, that the rulers may be able, in return, to give more to them.

All history informs us, there has been...a kind of warfare between the governing and the governed;

the one striving to obtain more for its support, and the other to pay less...

Generally, indeed, the ruling power carries...and we see the revenues of princes constantly increasing, and we see that they are never satisfied, but always in want of more.

The more the people are discontented with the oppression of taxes, the greater need the prince has of money to distribute among his partisans, and pay the troops that are to suppress all resistance, and enable him to plunder at pleasure."

Franklin concluded:

"There is scarce a king in a hundred who would not, if he could, follow the example of Pharaoh - get first all the people's money, then all their lands, and then make them and their children servants for ever.

It will be said that we do not propose to establish kings...but there is a natural inclination in mankind to kingly government...

They would rather have one tyrant than five hundred. It gives more of the appearance of equality among citizens; and that they like.

I am apprehensive, therefore - perhaps too apprehensive - that the government of the States may, in future times, end in a monarchy... and a king will the sooner be set over us."

Plato wrote of this in The Republic, 380 BC, that government would transition from being ruled by lovers of virtue, to lovers of honor, to lovers of money:

"Now what man answers to this form of government... He is a...lover of honor; claiming to be a ruler... Busy-bodies are honored and applauded..."

"Is not the passionate element wholly set on ruling...and getting fame?"

"Not originally of a bad nature, but having kept bad company...becomes arrogant and ambitious..."

"Such an one will despise riches only when he is young;

but as he gets older he will be more and more attracted to them, because he has a piece of the avaricious nature in him, and is not single-minded towards virtue..."

"The love of honor turns to love of money; the conversion is instantaneous."

Plato continued:

"Because they have no means of openly acquiring the money which they prize; they will spend that which is another man's."

"They invent illegal modes of expenditure; for what do they or their wives care about the law?"

"And so they grow richer and richer...the less they think of virtue...and the virtuous are dishonored..."

"Insatiable avarice is the ruling passion of an oligarchy..."

Plato added of this politician:

"He has...allowed the blind god of riches to lead the dance within him..."

"He will have many slavish desires, some beggarly, some knavish, breeding in his soul..."

"If he...has the power to defraud, he will soon prove that he is not without the will, and that his passions are only restrained by fear and not by reason."

Frederic Bastiat explained in The Law, 1850, how politicians are tempted toward 'legal plunder':

"Man can live and satisfy his wants only by ceaseless labor; by the ceaseless application of his faculties to natural resources.

This process is the origin of property.

But it is also true that a man may live and satisfy his wants by seizing and consuming the products of the labor of others.

This process is the origin of plunder.

Now since man is naturally inclined to avoid pain - and since labor is pain in itself - it follows that men will resort to plunder whenever plunder is easier than work..."

Frederic Bastiat continued:

"It is evident, then, that the proper purpose of law is to use the power of its collective force to stop this fatal tendency to plunder instead of to work...

But, generally, the law is made by one man or one class of men...

This fact, combined with the fatal tendency that exists in the heart of man to satisfy his wants with the least possible effort, explains the almost universal perversion of the law.

Thus it is easy to understand how law, instead of checking injustice, becomes the invincible weapon of injustice.

It is easy to understand why the law is used by the legislator to destroy in varying degrees among the rest of the people, their personal independence by slavery, their liberty by oppression, and their property by plunder.

This is done for the benefit of the person who makes the law, and in proportion to the power that he holds."

In The Spirit of the Laws, 1748, Montesquieu wrote:

"In a popular state, one spring more is necessary, namely, virtue...

The politic Greeks, who lived under a popular government, knew no other support than virtue...

When virtue is banished, ambition invades the minds of those who are disposed to receive it, and avarice possesses the whole community...

When, in a popular government, there is a suspension of the laws, as this can proceed only from the corruption of the republic, the state is certainly undone."

The Law of Moses admonished in Exodus 18:21 on how to choose leaders:

"Thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness."

Harvard President Samuel Langdon stated in his address "Government Corrupted by Vice," May 31, 1775:

"They were a sinful nation...who had forsaken the Lord; and provoked the Holy One of Israel to anger...

Everyone loved gifts, and followed after rewards...more than the duties of their office; the general aim was at profitable places and pensions; they were influenced in everything by bribery;

and their avarice and luxury were never satisfied, but hurried them on to all kinds of oppression and violence, so that they even justified and encouraged the murder of innocent persons to support their lawless power, and increase their wealth."

Noah Webster wrote in his History of the United States, 1832:

"When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers 'just men who will rule in the fear of God'...

If the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted;

laws will be made not for the public good so much as for the selfish or local purposes;

corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the laws;

the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men;

and the rights of the citizens will be violated or disregarded.

If a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws."

President Jackson warned December 5, 1836:

"There is no such provision as would authorize Congress to collect together the property of the country, under the name of revenue, for the purpose of dividing it equally or unequally among the States or the people...

The practical effect of such an attempt must ever be to burden the people with taxes, not for the purposes beneficial to them, but a band of useless public officers...

All would be merged in a practical consolidation, cemented by widespread corruption, which could only be eradicated by one of those bloody revolutions which occasionally overthrow the despotic systems of the Old World."
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Thursday, June 26, 2014

American Minute with Bill Federer United Nations -'high-sounding words of bleak contradiction to their deeds.'

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United Nations -'high-sounding words of bleak contradiction to their deeds.' -Reagan quoting Eleanor Roosevelt 
Franklin Roosevelt coined the name 'United Nations' for the allied countries fighting together against the National Socialist Workers Party (Nazi) and their totalitarian axis powers.

Speaking on Justice for War Crimes, March 24, 1944, Roosevelt explained the original goal of the United Nations involved protecting the Jews:

"In one of the blackest crimes of all history - begun by the Nazis...the wholesale systematic murder of the Jews of Europe goes on unabated...

Hundreds of thousands of Jews...are now threatened with annihilation as Hitler's forces descend...

The United Nations have made it clear that they will pursue the guilty...

All who knowingly take part in the deportation of Jews to their death...are equally guilty with the executioner...

The United Nations are fighting to make a world in which tyranny and aggression cannot exist."

On November 11, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt complimented the Jewish Theological Seminary of America:

"If the world to emerge from the war after a victory of the United Nations is to be a world of enduring peace and of freedom, that peace and that freedom must be founded on renewed loyalty to the spiritual values...

Enemies of mankind who are arrayed in battle against us realized this, and therefore began their effort to subdue the world with an assault on religious institutions...which...taught...the dignity and worth of human personality...

In cooperation with Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant will in time, I trust, become an increasingly powerful instrument for enlightening men of all faiths."

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The day after his funeral, President Harry S. Truman told Congress, April 16, 1945:

"Our forefathers came to our rugged shores in search of religious tolerance...

Within an hour after I took the oath of office, I announced that the San Francisco (United Nations) Conference would proceed...

In the memory of our fallen President...I appeal to every support our efforts to build a strong and lasting United Nations Organization...with Divine guidance, and your help...

I humbly pray Almighty God, in the words of King Solomon: 'Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart.'"

In April 25, 1945, President Truman addressed United Nations delegates at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco:

"At no time in history has there been a more important Conference than this one in San Francisco which you are opening today...

We beseech our Almighty God to guide us in the building of a permanent monument to those who gave their lives that this moment might come."

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The United Nations Charter was signed JUNE 26, 1945, by 51 member nations.

The United Nations began with high hopes, as President Harry S Truman stated, March 6, 1946:

"We have just come though a decade in which the forces of evil in various parts of the world have been lined up in a bitter fight to banish from the face of the earth both these ideals - religion and democracy....

founded on one basic principle, the worth and dignity of the individual man and woman. founded on the doctrine and women and children were put on earth solely for the purpose of serving the State..."

Truman continued:

"The Protestant Church, the Catholic Church, and the Jewish Synagogue - bound together in the American unity of brotherhood - must provide the shock forces to accomplish this moral and spiritual awakening...

Unless it is done, we are headed for the disaster we would deserve...

We have tried to write into the Charter of the United Nations the essence of religion."

One of the first acts of the United Nations was to recognize Israel as a nation on May 15, 1948.

In 1953, President Eisenhower addressed the United Nations:

"The whole book of history reveals mankind's never-ending quest for peace and mankind's God-given capacity to build."

The President of the United Nations' General Assembly, 13th Session, was Charles Habib Malik, who helped write the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Charles Habib Malik stated in 1958:

"The good (in the United States) would never have come into being without the blessing and power of Jesus Christ...

Whoever tries to conceive the American word without taking full account of the suffering and love and salvation of Christ is only dreaming.

I know how embarrassing this matter is to politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen and cynics; but, whatever these honored men think, the irrefutable truth is that the soul of America is at its best and highest, Christian."

Eisenhower's delegate to the United Nations was Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., who sent a letter to every member state, December 30, 1955:

"I propose that God should be openly and audibly invoked at the United Nations...

I do so in the conviction that we cannot make the United Nations into a successful instrument of God's peace without God's help - and that with His help we cannot fail.

To this end I propose that we ask for that help."

The United Nations did not act on Lodge's proposal to open with prayer.

In subsequent years, the mission of the United Nations has become unclear.

Former President Herbert Clark Hoover told the American Newspaper Publishers Association, April 27, 1950:

"I suggest that the United Nations should be reorganized without the Communist nations in it.

If that is impractical, then a definite New United Front should be organized of those peoples who disavow communism, who stand for morals and religion, and who love freedom..."

Hoover continued:

"What the world needs today is a definite, spiritual mobilization of the nations who believe in God against this tide of Red agnosticism.

It needs a moral mobilization against the hideous ideas of the police state and human slavery...

It is a proposal to redeem the concept of the United Nations to the high purpose for which it was created...

It is a proposal for moral and spiritual cooperation of God-fearing free rejecting an atheistic other world."

On June 10, 1963, President Dwight Eisenhower confided to the National Junior Chamber of Commerce:

"The United Nations has seemed to be two distinct things to the two worlds divided by the iron curtain...

To the free world it has seemed that it should be a constructive forum...

To the Communist world it has been a convenient sounding board for their propaganda, a weapon to be exploited in spreading disunity and confusion."

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations' General Assembly, December 10, 1948.

Making no reference to rights being endowed by a Creator, the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognized by consent basic human rights, such as:

-Freedom of opinion and expression;
-Freedom to change religions;
-Right to education;
-No slavery;
-No forced marriages;
-No torture; and
-No inhumane punishment.

The U.N.'s Universal Declaration of Human Rights was rejected by the leaders of 57 Islamic countries, who formed their own group called the OIC - Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

In 1990, the OIC passed their 'Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam' affirming Shariah law as supreme, with the death penalty for those leaving Islam, punishing women who are victims of rape, allowing men to be polygamous, permitting wife beating. and the censoring speech insulting Islam.

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During Islam's 1,400 years of expansion, wherever Muslims conquered, the subdued non-Muslim populations were relegated to live under Shariah law as second-class citizens called 'dhimmi'.

The public proclaiming of the Christian Gospel was forbidden as it is considered insulting Islam.

The claim that Israel has a right to exist is considered insulting Islam.

On July 15, 2011, the OIC received the support of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, for the purpose of passing U.N. Resolution 16/18 censoring worldwide any speech insulting Islam.

Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu commended:

"I particularly appreciate the kind personal interest of Secretary Clinton and the role played by the U.S. towards the consensual adoption of the resolution."

In 2005, the European Union hurriedly passed laws censoring speech insulting Islam after Muslims rioted, blaming a Danish cartoon.

Throughout 2012, Hillary Clinton did not respond to requests for increased security personnel to protect the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

On September 11, 2012, a planned attack occurred on the Benghazi Consulate, which was being listened to in real time by U.S. intelligence as the terrorists were using U.S. cell phones.

Six hours into the attack, Hillary Clinton spoke via telephone with the President and no attempt was made to rescue U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.

A few hours later, the administration blamed the attack on a video insulting Islam, produced by a filmmaker who has since been alleged to have had links with the U.S. Justice Department.

The next morning, Hillary Clinton's State Department contacted YouTube and Google requesting them to censor speech insulting Islam.

The administration began an intense campaign aimed at censoring speech insulting Islam, as President Obama told the United Nations, September 25, 2012:

"The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam."

Later reports surfaced that the United States had supplied guns to the terrorists overthrowing Libya's leaders and that these guns were being moved through Benghazi to arm terrorists overthrowing Syria's leader, and are now being used by ISIS terrorists to overthrow Iraq's leaders.

This is part of the broader Muslim Brotherhood goal of re-establishing the Ottoman empire as union of Shariah Muslim countries called a Caliphate.

The United Nations, which began with such high ideals, has unfortunately allowed contrasting deeds, as President Reagan warned the U.N. General Assembly, June 17, 1982:

"Eleanor Roosevelt, one of our first ambassadors to this body, reminded us that the high-sounding words of tyrants stand in bleak contradiction to their deeds. 'Their promises,' she said, 'are in deep contrast to their performances.'

Reagan continued:

"In these times when more and more lawless acts are going unpunished...some members of this very body show a growing disregard for the U.N. Charter...

President Truman said, 'If we should pay merely lip service to inspiring ideals, and later do violence to simple justice, we would draw down upon us the bitter wrath of generations yet unborn.'"
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