THE CALIFORNIA RECALL ELECTION: POWER TO THE PEOPLE
By April Shenandoah
Some thought that the October 7, 2003, recall election was a very bad idea, thinking that it might open up a recall-recall-can-of-worms. Understandably, that could be the case. However, the laws of the land are written in favor of ousting politicians that are not serv- ing "the people."
Far too long we have sat by and taken what has been dished out to us. We complain, but think we can not "fight city hall," so to speak. More of us need to pay attention to what our representatives are doing, and let our voices be heard.
Governor Elect Arnold Schwarzenegger and the signers of the Declaration of Independ- ence are good examples of an outcry of "the people."
The first four paragraphs of The Declaration of Independence (Second Continental Con- gress, July 4, 1776) contain a statement that will clarify any misgivings concerning the rights of the people to change or abolish government. Many of our state constitutions contain a similar statement. The clarifying statement in the Declaration of Independ- ence:
I implore you who are not familiar with the Declaration of Independence or the Constitu- tion of the United States to make an effort to read it in its entirety. You will soon realize that we no longer abide by these sacred documents. When you hear either a Republican or a Democrat cry "unconstitutional" about anything, check it out for yourself. Politi- cians and special interest groups use the Constitution to back up their agenda, when most of the times they do not even know the written "truth" themselves.
[NOTE: The government of the United States of America was originally formed to pro- tect our shores and the people of this country--nothing more, nothing less.]
The Judeo-Christian Legacy of the Declaration of Independence:
(Printed by permission from the Plymouth Rock Foundation)
Because of their belief in creation, the Declaration's drafters claimed that man's Creator gave him certain absolute rights. Not only do both the Old and New Testaments identify God as man's Creator [Isaiah 40:28 and 1 Peter 4:19], they, also identify God as the Giver of the three great rights listed in the Declaration of Independence: Life [Genesis 2:7], Liberty [11 Corinthians 3:17], and the pursuit of Happiness [Ecclesiastes 3:13]. And the Bible confirms that what God has given shall not be taken away [11 Chronicles 19:7]. In the body of the Declaration, America's leaders presented their legal claims against King George III--claims that they believed justified their fight for independence. By ap- pealing to "the Supreme Judge of the world," they took their case for "freedom and in- dependence" to God, Himself. In doing so, they followed the example of one of Israel's early leaders as recorded in Chapter 11 of the book of Judges. Because they were risk- ing their personal lives and fortunes should the war be lost, the drafters affirmed their reliance on "Divine Providence" as their only assurance of protection. In doing so, they followed the example of Moses as he led the people out of Egypt to freedom.
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