December 30, 2011
Cat by Christmas Candlelight
Posted by Jerome Doolittle at December 30, 2011 06:30 PM
Cotton has seen a great deal of change in his lifetime, perhaps the greatest and most miserable change for those who are among his peers, who have slowly but surely watched the decimation and elimination of the greatest list or rules for a government that was ever created in the Western World. In 1215 a group of English Barons, disgusted with their king's use of monarchist power to do anything he wanted to do to his subjects, created a document that sought to establish a set of rules or laws for the King and all those who were his subjects. The Barons themselves greatly limited their own power to help establish a set of rules that all who lived in that kingdom could be sure would be applied equally to all, including King John. They eliminated the proposition that the king had the power to do "anything and everything" including a trial by the king himself alone and without any limit on his power, including the unilateral right to decide to behead his subjects, or to torture them in any way he wished, including waterboarding.
By 1215, the Barons, the local rulers of various geographical locations in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland had been subject to more than enough of this abuse of power by the King, who at that time in 1215 was King John. So they had a meeting of some sort and decided to give the King a list of things that they would not tolerate from him, along with a list of various abuses that they agreed not to do to their own subjects or to the king or to each other and to not subject the King himself to punishment without due process of the written law of the land.
The Magna Carta set forth the rule that the English subjects of King John were entitled to the protection of Law, and not to the whim of any temporal dictator. When King John died, his 9 year old son Henry assumed the throne, however the Barons had already sought to protect themselves from arbitrary Kings, who might decide to kill any subject of the Crown on a whim. Now here in the US when it occurs, it is referred to as something not to be discussed by referring to such murders as a matter of National Security.
Among many other things, the Great Charter and its many subsequent revisions (written in Latin), but available translated for us in English in Google's online repository, formed the basis of our Constitution, which has little meaning today, as it no longer has the force of the once inviolable rules and checks on power of the many revisions of the Magna Carta. The basic assumptions on which the US Constitution was based are themselves now a nullity.
Your cat in his short lifetime has seen the final nail put on the casket of the Magna Carta and ha seen its final burial, it having died at the hands of several people who forget about the Magna Carta as being a necessary predicate to the American Constitution. Without the Great Charter there is no Constitution. So we might as well have a ceremonial burial for the United States Constitution as well. For if it does not honor the Magna Carta, then it is not an honorable document.
If all of this seems to be overstating the case to some, I would urge that person or persons to seek out and read a modern English translation of the Magna Carta, which was originally written in Latin. If you take the time to do so, you will soon come to the conclusion that the men who created the Magna Carta in 1215 were no fools, as our modern lawmakers tend to be. The Magna Carta was written by those persons at the time who were deeply committed to the Rights of the people.
Thanks to David Shipler for his book "The Rights od The People". Although the book does not discuss the Magna Carta in any detail, by having read the book I have been able to discern from where that document derived its power. And I thereby came to my conclusion that when the Magna Carta died in America, so did our Constitution. So say good bye to these old friends. They were once documents that guided and directed both good and evil souls. But now the latter have their malevolent power and as George Orwell often said in one form oe another, the boot will be on our necks until we can see to it that a new Charter is created. One that this time one hopes that it will not be torn down by the evil ones who dwell amongst ys.
Dear Jerry, Chuck, Kurt, Buck and all the others I forgot to name,
it's always a pleasure to drop by here. One of the few places where reason still seems to prevail.
All my best wishes for 2012!