On August 28, 1963 the largest civil rights demonstration in history was held on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., the “March for Jobs and Freedom” was the brain child of A. Philip Randolf, the leader of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, coordinated by Bayard Rustin, and supported by every major civil rights group, labor and many churches. One Hundred years after the Emancipation Proclamation, 250,000 black and white citizens gathered to petition their government for racial equality and listen to speeches by black leaders, such as, John Lewis, James Farmer and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. where he delivered the historical “I Have a Dream,” speech which turned the tides of history. http://historywired.si.edu/detail.cfm?ID=501
50 years later, and a new generation is about to begin their own fight for Civil Rights. Yes, you read that correctly, everything we are facing with this enormous over-reaching of our present government is actually trampling over our Civil Rights. Think about it for a minute. Is not the Bill of Rights, actually the “Bill of [Civil] Rights?”
In his historical speech, Dr. Martin Luther King said these words:
“Now is the time to make justice a reality to all of God’s children. No, we are not satisfied and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. I say to you, my friends, we have the difficulties of today and tomorrow. I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed. We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.”
Yes, my fellow countrymen, we are witnessing the destruction of our Civil Rights, endowed by our Creator, unalienable [Civil] Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. These civil rights cannot be given to us, nor taken away from us by man, for they were given to us, by our creator, by God. As Dr. Martin Luther King pointed out so eloquently 50 years ago as he addressed a nation which had, “defaulted on her promissory note…” that promissory note being the Declaration of Independence guaranteeing every human being their unalienable Civil Rights!
Today, the fight is much like that of 50 years ago, and much like the civil rights movement of Moses’ day, when he went to the Pharaoh asking that his people be set free from their bondage. The bondage of slavery, being treated like second class citizens, stripped of their God-given civil rights. Do you see the common theme here, in Moses’ day; he fought to set his people free from the chains of bondage, and then our founding fathers fought the tyranny and bondage of King George, and his over-reaching government. A government that refused assent to laws, called together legislative bodies at unusual places, made Judges dependent on the will of the King. http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration.html
Today, Obama has hijacked the Constitution at every opportunity; he has disregarded the rule of law, and is creating a Totalitarian police state. With the IRS being used to target Christian Conservatives, confiscate hundreds of thousands of medical records without permission, signing the NDAA which allows for the indefinite imprisonment of U.S. citizens, or “prolonged detention, as Obama likes to refer to it, allowing for the detention of an individual without a charge or trial. This disregards the 6th Amendment, and our right to a fair trial one of our “civil rights.” With the recent news regarding the NSA spying on American citizens’ cell phones, computers, land lines, iPads, iPhones, Skype calls, video chats and the list goes on and on; a direct violation on our 4th Amendment, “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures…” again a “civil right,” the government is infringing upon.
To make matters worse than they already are, the Washington Post printed an article on June 22nd titled: For secretive surveillance court, rare scrutiny in wake of NSA leaks, about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), found deep in the bowels of the Capitol where secret courts are held, in a statement by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), “The public is getting a peek into the little-known workings of a powerful and mostly invisible government entity. And it is seeing a court whose secret rulings have in effect created a body of law separate from the one on the books — one that gives U.S. spy agencies the authority to collect bulk information about Americans’ medical care, firearms purchases, credit card usage and other interactions with business and commerce. The government can get virtually anything.”
Wyden is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and therefore allowed to read many of the court’s classified rulings. Mr. Wyden went on to express further concerns, “Health, guns, credit cards — my reading is not what has been done, it’s what can be done.”
The article goes on to explain how some critics with knowledge of the court’s internal operations feel it “has undergone a shift,” from its original inception in 1978 to handle routine surveillance, warrants; to “now issuing complex, classified, Supreme Court-style rulings that are quietly expanding the government’s reach into the private lives of unwitting Americans.” http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/for-secretive-surveillance-court-rare-scrutiny-in-wake-of-nsa-leaks/2013/06/22/df9eaae6-d9fa-11e2-a016-92547bf094cc_story.html
What’s most disturbing about this article is the fact that the Judges appointed to this top-secret court, from a pool of sitting federal judges by the chief justice of the United States, with no other form of confirmation process and they can serve up to seven years! Moreover, the Surveillance court is a “world of secret case-law, non-adversarial proceedings and rulings written by individual judges who rarely meet as a panel.” These judges have far-reaching powers to “interpret the Constitution and set long-lasting and far-reaching precedent on matters involving Americans’ rights to privacy and due process under the Fourth Amendment. And this fast-growing body of law is almost entirely out of view of legal scholars and the public.” http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/for-secretive-surveillance-court-rare-scrutiny-in-wake-of-nsa-leaks/2013/06/22/df9eaae6-d9fa-11e2-a016-92547bf094cc_story_1.html
Now if that does not freak you out and make you take a step back, I do not know what on God’s green earth will? What’s more, the FISC has approved 98% of the 1,865 cases presented last year from your government to spy on US citizens! And Obama made 6,556 personal requests and only one was denied, yes you read that correctly, only one denied! How scary is that I ask you?
It was this very same type of behavior and actions which impelled our founding fathers to write the Constitution and the Bill of Rights in the first place. An out of control, over-reaching, tyrannical government who was placing it’s citizens into bondage, and violating their “civil rights,” which brought about the very creation of The United States of America! Man has been fighting for his civil rights since the dawn of time, and no one culture, race, creed, or religion has cornered the market on “Civil Rights.” It crosses all boundaries, all political lines and touches every man, woman and child on the face of the earth.
“When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every tenement 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 spiritual, “Free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last.”
We have a new generation of American’s about to lock arms and embark on the “New Civil Rights Movement.”
By: Andrea K. Robson