William Grant Burmer
There are two aspects of law and government which, when I hear pontificated by lawyers and politicians of the “modern Era,” just exasperate me. One is “Separation of Church and State,” and the other “the Commerce Clause” of the Constitution: in particular are their interpretations by this group, for they affect our Liberties in a profound way. Simply stated, when properly understood by the polity, both are objects of modern revisionist history.
Thomas Paine in the introduction to his book “Common Sense” makes the following statement: “. . . a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right. . .”
The above quote is from the very first paragraph to his introduction, now this comes from the last paragraph of the same: “Who the Author of this Production is, is wholly unnecessary to the Public, as the Object for Attention is the Doctrine itself, not the Man.”
As a long time student of history I am at all times struck with the understanding that there have been great men and women of history, and scripture, who have expressed truths, or Doctrines far better than any of us, in particular Lawyers, Politicians, and even judges.
The bunch of us would do well to give more attention to history and scripture, and those who wrote it, and lived it, as did our founders. They, relying upon God, formulated a plan and put it in writing for us to understand and enforce. Enforce upon Whom? Those elected to serve We the People.
As for the titles which inspired this bit of expression, I humbly refer the reader to page 51-52 of my Book “We the People” for the first part, and to the Constitution, see Article 1 Section 8, Clause 3 and a quote from Barack Hussein Obama answers the second part. In 2008 Barack Hussein Obama, in part expressed a rare truth, from his lips to our ears: “. . . the Constitution . . . Says what the states can’t do to you. Says what the federal Government can’t do to you . . .”
Thereafter if “Common Sense” serves its purpose upon the reader, all superficial tidbits of Law, politicians, a President, and Lawyers, may safely be left to wither—in “Paine.”