Decision Point

Each monumental change in history originates in a seemingly insignificant action that crosses an invisible line. The operators within the status quo entity never see the power of the equal and opposite reaction–a scientific law of the universe– to the line drawn in the sand.

From a US Supreme Court ruling:

In order to ascertain the nature of the proceedings intended by the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution under the terms “unreasonable searches and seizures,” it is only necessary to read

Page 116 U. S. 625

recall the contemporary or then recent history of the controversies on the subject, both in this country and in England. The practice had obtained in the colonies of issuing writs of assistance to the revenue officers, empowering them, in their discretion, to search suspected places for smuggled goods, which James Otis pronounced

“the worst instrument of arbitrary power, the most destructive of English liberty, and the fundamental principles of law, that ever was found in an English law book;” since they placed “the liberty of every man in the hands of every petty officer.” [Footnote 3] This was in February, 1761, in Boston, and the famous debate in which it occurred was perhaps the most prominent event which inaugurated the resistance of the colonies to the oppressions of the mother country.

“Then and there,” said John Adams, “then and there was the first scene of the first act of opposition to the arbitrary claims of Great Britain. Then and there, the child Independence was born.”

Boyds v US

2 thoughts on “Decision Point

  1. And people don’t get it. They just don’t understand that each freedom, no matter how petty or small a thing it seems to be, each freedom they relinquish for the “sake of the common good” is a liberty that we cannot get back without an act of divine intervention, or heaven help us, a loss of blood. This experiment of government by the people and for the people is severely compromised, and our ability to maintain the checks and balances against our own leaders has been stripped away. Our founding fathers, no matter how flawed their characters may or may not have been, would have declared war against Congress a long time ago. I cannot help but think they are disappointed with their posterity, good people who stand by and do nothing, for whatever petty fear gripping them.

    Thank you for the post, and the reminder. Would that we all could see so clearly through the veil of tyranny.

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