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Hans Calmeyer Righteous Gentile 1903-1972

“Dutch Schindler”

 Lawyer for Life

Freedom

WHY  SAVE  LIVES ? 

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No free man shall ever be debarred 
the use of arms. 

Thomas Jefferson 

"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."                                                          -- John Adams

Is Democracy truly a form of Freedom? The Founders of America might argue, as the Constitution of that country establishes a “Republic” based on democratic principles, and describes some elements of democracy as the potential “tyranny of the majority. They were very very careful not to call the United States a Democracy, they knew that the tyranny of the majority, however motivated, could from time to time swamp the reason of a plurality of wise legislators. Legislators are responsible for the rule of law through representation, unlike the “masses” which might occasionally achieve a majority that should not sway permanent law to and fro at a whim.

When a majority of voters no longer pay taxes and instead receive transfer payments from those that do pay taxes, tyranny of the majority begins by having the democratic majority vote themselves ever higher transfer payments, there is no cost to them. This has happened to Judeo-Christian civilization almost everywhere. The private economy is expected to pay the bills and salaries and benefits of an ever larger government bureaucracy which is anything but productive. And majoritarianism erodes everyone’s freedom to excel.

So the life of freedom is under threat.

Tyranny by a majority is in the eye of the beholder and victims, to be sure, but it is tyranny when it becomes a “taking” from the minority. All the political correctness in the world today is the ultimate result of reflexive and often justified disgust at the excesses of majoritarian control over minorities and the less-empowered. But political correctness today is also a product of a sense of retribution and reparation, even generations after the fact. It is also a product of a desire for an advantage, an edge for those that are accorded special privileges. Therefore, political correctness now obscures the present truth, substituting a historical fiction that is not quite appropriate for the present.

Freedom is not free either, it is modulated by righteous and moral and legal correctness and yes, a proper level of political correctness.

Benjamin Disraeli On Democracy
Quoted in "The End Of The Beginning Of History" ^ | March 31, 1850 | Benjamin Disraeli
"If you establish a democracy, you must in due time reap the fruits  of democracy. You will in due season have great impatience of the public burdens, combined in due season with great increase of public  expenditure. You will in due season have wars entered into from passion  and not from reason; and you will in due season submit to peace  ignominiously sought and ignominiously obtained, which will diminish  your authority and perhaps endanger your independence."

 ... see how America’s Founders themselves saw political democracy  courting self-ruin as many voters join "factions" or special interests  which cut into liberty. James Madison spoke for his peers in Federalist  Paper No. 10 (1787), to nail democracies as "spectacles of turbulence  and contention, [which] have ever been found incompatible with personal  security or the rights of property, and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths."

No wonder the word democracy is not to be found in the entire  Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and U.S. Constitution. Or  look how sternly anti-democratic are the first five words of the 1st  Amendment on bills abridging religion, speech, press, assembly, and  petition: "Congress shall pass no law [my emphasis]...." Or how the  Framers, fearful of democracy, tied up our Constitution with checks and  balances from federalism (set back by the Civil War, the 14th Amendment  of 1868, and the 17th Amendment of 1913) to the stop on an income tax  (undone by the 16th Amendment also of 1913). Recall Ben Franklin, asked  what kind of state the Framers had set in 1787, raising a classic  proviso: "A republic, if you can keep it." Big if. I think Old Ben was  warning us: As political democracy swells, the individual shrinks.

Yet--voila ! -- Ludwig Van Mises lit up a near unknown yet much safer and surer  democracy. In 1922 in his “Socialism” he saw democracy at work in market  action. See it yourself today: from the shopping mall to online buying,  to getting colas from vending machines, to filling up at the gas pump by credit card, to business consumers ordering supplies for their  operations, etc.

So these and other market voters vote not but every other year but  again and again every day. An endless plebiscite. Freely. Directly. In a way, one on one: You elect your supplier, you get what you order, you  are in charge. Great.

Micah Patriot

Micah, Hans Calmeyer’s grand-daughter, in a moment of patrotism and respect for American freedoms.

From Martin Luther King’s speech 47 years ago:

 I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every  hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made  plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of  the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

 This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South.  With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a  stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With  this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to  struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom  together, knowing that we will be free one day.

 This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new  meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I  sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from  every mountainside, let freedom ring."

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 When we let freedom ring, when we let it  ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every  city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children,  black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics,  will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro  spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

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