Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Rule of Law

The goodness of the law revives the soul.

“Ban called on all states to apply the law equally, both nationally and internationally, and not allow political self-interest to undermine justice. He also called on world leaders "to uphold the highest standards of the rule of law in their decision-making at all times."”

Ahmadinejad criticized a fake regime regarding the silence that was expressed regarding nuclear warheads. Israel walked out. The US remained. He also pledged to do what he can to end the civil war in Syria.
 Netanyahu expressed his desire for a red-line for Iran regarding the development of nuclear power in Iran.

Ahmad Vahidi, Defense Minister for Iran, observed that Israel had already crossed their own redline.

The English bill of rights revolutionized government representation in 1689. The bill included the right to self-defense (bear arms), freedom of speech and a provision against cruel and unusual punishment.
The freedoms of assembly (association) and religion were added to the US bill of rights. It is becoming clear that the freedom to assemble in (non-violent) protest; in association with unions; and in the organization of political parties are not recognized globally. This becomes critically important when people are being shot for protest or for not belonging to “the party.” Not respecting the right to freedom of assembly is a serious human rights violation.

Freedom of assembly provides the basis for oppositional parties that counteract the excesses or deficiencies of a single party. Debate is encouraged in the interest of finding best solutions.
Freedom of religion is an extension that was developed from the treaty of Westphalia in 1648. The treaty recognized the peace of Augsburg (1555) wherein the official choice of the Catholic or Protestant Churches was left the prince of the province, but citizens of the other denomination were entitled to worship in their Church. They were not allowed violent sedition against the crown.

Madison recognized that the choice of religion belongs to the citizen. Congress was not to make any laws that prohibited the free exercise of faith or established a religion as official.

The Rule of Law

Ps.19, Ps.124, James 5

The goodness of law revives the soul.
The testimony of truth is sure.
It gives wisdom to the innocent
so the heart will rejoice.
The rule of law is just.
No one is above it.
The Creator established nature.
The law of the land is to reflect
the intelligence of design.

The law against killing is clear.
It gives light to the mind.
No one can kill another
without consequence.
Murder is a capital crime.
Multiple murders compound
the offense.
Genocide is larger still, but
wars for aggression
are unconscionable.

Respect for the law is good.
It endures with constancy.
Good judgments are true
and righteous.
Fairness is more valuable than gold;
more than much of the finest gold;
sweeter than honey:
more so than honey
in the comb.

If the rule for law was not on our side,
let the people now say;
if the law had not been for us
when contention rose up against us;
the waters of enmity would have overwhelmed us.
We would have been consumed by the flood;
the raging rush would have gone right over us
and dashed us against the hardness of matter.

Freedom in the law of nature
commends liberty in the rule for law.

Freedom of religion recommends
competition for morality
in the economy.
Freedom of assembly allows for
oppositional organization.
Oppositional organization
recommends debate for best solutions.
Best solutions have to be devised
for diversity among the people.
It is not best to limit representation
to the wealthiest.

Objectivity in justice
is non-discriminatory.
It is not absolute in partiality
to any;
not to the rich
or the poor;
the majority
or the minority;
management or labor;
men or women;
the right or the left;
the private or public sectors;
the religious or the non-religious;
the old, the young
or the in between.

Liberty and justice are for all.
They are for each in regard
to the right degree.
They are for the free exercise of faith,
but against the establishment
of religion by the state.
If any among you wander
from the way of liberty with justice
and is brought back by another,
the one who saved the lost
will be redeemed
from many errors.

Austerity is cruel. It measures out provision for less than enough to cover basic needs. Severe austerity refuses to give enough to stimulate growth in the economy to provide for basic needs. Economic sanctions act as a promotion for austerity.

Iran has the right to develop nuclear power as an alternative energy source. The west needs to present a declaration of intent regarding the purpose for the sanctions. What is wanted? Are we looking for a constitutional theocracy? Will they revise their constitution to place the Ayatollah in an advisory position? Will they endorse freedom of assembly for oppositional representation? Will they establish a provision for freedom of religion?
It is cruel and unusual to continue economic sanctions for an action that is not an aggressive threat to the security of another nation. The development of nuclear power is a viable option. They will be monitored by nuclear regulations just like everybody else. Another regime change by invasion is out of the question. The physical destruction was immense. The death toll was too large. The economic consequence rocked the world.

The industry for war has been like heroine for the elitists in non-civilized "civilization." War industry numbers indicate that more money is made by destruction, then by diplomacy, stable international relations, commerce and tourism. Invasion for regime change then is being promoted as the modern alternative to colonization. It is the most current “needle” for the “heroine” known as industry profit.
Neil Young – The Damage Done

I’ve seen the needle and the damage done
a little part of it in everyone
but every junkie’s like a setting sun.

The west needs rehab to establish non-aggression as an international law.
Steve K.

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