History Lesson today….
Did you know that June 15th is the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta, the first document about the Rule of Law and that the King is not above the Law?
“Foul as it is, hell itself is made fouler by the presence of King John,” wrote Matthew Paris in the 1230s.
Someone should tell King Obama that one.
From the 1215 Magna Carta:
(38) In future no official shall place a man on trial upon his own unsupported statement, without producing credible witnesses to the truth of it.
+ (39) No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgment of his equals or by the law of the land.
+ (40) To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice. (The British Library)
Just 3 of the points the Rebel Barons (who were self-serving in their own right at the time).
The Magna Carta has survived and even thrived for 800 years because it is the cry on the oppressed upon a government that oppresses them.
Like King George III:
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
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, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.(The Declaration of Independence)
A most politically incorrect document for the Progressive Left because their solution to everything is to tax the people more and have government control of the people. How Very King-y of them. 🙂
But if you think the Republican Establishment is going to save you, well, just remember the Magna Carta was “forced” on King John by Barons who pissed off at him for taxing them to death and being such a horrible fighter as King- he lost just about everything his ather gained and more (Obama?). He was taking everything from THEM, not the people.
The Republican Establishment is a just a bunch of Rebel Barons, not saviors. Especially with John “Jar Jar” Boehner is in charge.
He taxed the rich and kept it for his ego wars in France. Obama taxes us to death for his own Ego driven agenda.
King John was single-minded, petty, cruel and manipulative and did things for political expediency and thought himself above The Law. Sound familiar?? 🙂
The IDEA of the Magna Carta is what has survived 800 years and it’s the idea of a people free from the absolute rule of their government that needs to be put forth.
That is the trust that needs to be restored.
The people also have to want it, and I’m not sure after a couple of generations of Liberal Progressive “education” and “media” that they are capable of even understanding. But education would still be key.
In an Orwellian way, you can’t miss what you never knew you had in the first place.
Besides, disagreeing with a Liberal is “hate Speech” and you’re a “racist” and a “bigot” if you do. 🙂
King John Died in 1216 (he came to the thrown because he’d locked his chief rival and then in drunken stupor killed him. “Mysterious deaths” were a Medieval euphemism for assassination and murder in reality), most likely of an illness but many, especially his future history allies he’d never meet (usually anti-catholics like Foxes’ Book of Martyrs (1563) where King John was a good just man who stood up against the Church had been done wronged and assassinated by an evil Pope) which is funny because one of his allies was Pope Innocent III who was an enemy of King John until he made the Pope Overlord of all England then he got all the power he wanted and nullified the Magna Carta within 2 1/2 months which started a war!).
The “Peace maker” ends up with even more war. Nobel Peace Prize 1215 for King John!! 🙂
Lost war after war, just like Obama Who unlike Jhn doesnt really want to fight them badly, he’s just too single-minded to care).
Does that make Islam our Overlord, unofficially, since they can do wrong in the eyes of Liberals? or are they just incompetent like King John was in battle but instead of swards the Liberals just appease them and get the people killed in a different way nowadays.
As overlord of the kingdom, and protector of a king who had taken a crusader’s vow, Innocent III had already sent a string of letters to England berating the barons. Now he explained how, ‘by such violence and fear as might affect the most courageous of men’, they had forced John to accept an agreement ‘illegal, unjust, harmful to royal rights and shameful to the English people’. The Pope declared Magna Carta ‘null, and void of all validity for ever’,
Sound like a Liberal to George W. Bush anyone? 🙂
Just goes to show you some politics and strange bedfellows haven’t changed in 800 years. 😦