Shades of the Past

When God said in Genesis 1:26, “Let us make man in our image,” who was God speaking to? God gave man dominion over all other life. Thus, “our image”—over other creatures—like God’s image, a single entity, is individual. Likewise, “our” Constitution, which has for its background “Higher Law” refers to the individual.

Contrarily, in 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt declared “While it isn’t written in the Constitution, nevertheless, it is the inherent duty of the Federal Government to keep its citizens from starvation.” With regard to “inherent duty” of government, Justice Brandeis, a Roosevelt appointee, reasoned: “Property is only a means. It has been a frequent error of our Court that they have made the means an end.” New Deal law made the law “the end justifies the means;” God-given rights be damned.

The Court’s test as to a right was whether the right at issue was “of the very essence of a scheme of ordered liberty,” by reason that neither liberty nor justice would exist if such a right were sacrificed. The Court turned down Roosevelt’s New Deal law, or the end justifies the means, stating that a tax to promote the general welfare cannot be wrested out of its setting and legalized by ignoring its purpose as the mere instrumentality for bringing about a desired end.

Thus, in 1937, FDR ranted: “The balance of power between the three great branches of the Federal Government has been tipped out of balance by the Court in direct contradiction of the high purposes of the framers of the Constitution. We have reached the point where we must take action to save the Constitution from the Court.”

Therefore, “we” saved the Constitution from the Court. How nice! You and I now have the results of these saviors. This reminder: in Genesis 1: 26, And God said, Let us make man in our image, it is your God-self image, for man will make you his slave.

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