The Liberal Constitution
By Steve Cooper
The news reported a story about a group of Christians who were arrested for kneeling and praying in a public park. No, it was not a park in China, but rather in Elmira, New York. Other arrests in America have been justified by authorities because Christians were carrying placards against murdering the unborn.
To the progressive liberal mind this kneeling and praying were offensive, so this was not censorship and has nothing to do with what the founders were speaking of when they forged the First Amendment. No, according to the liberal world view, the founders were really assuring everyone that there would always be ample pornography. Now that is a wonderful thing to protect.
The truth is, we don’t have to guess at what the founders were actually thinking. They were very into candid speaking. Fisher Ames knew something about the First Amendment. In fact, he was the one who conceived the First Amendment. If you are interested in the original intent of this amendment as opposed to the masses who are now trying to put their own thoughts into its meaning, Fisher Ames is the man to see.
Fisher said, “Our liberty depends on our education, our laws, and habits . . . it is founded on morals and religion, whose authority reigns in the heart, and on the influence all these produce on public opinion before that opinion governs rulers.” Fisher Ames was adamantly opposed to Jefferson’s ideas of pure democracy. Ames’ powerful speeches moved the convention into accepting a constitutionally based form of government.
The reason Ames was so adamant was because he understood human nature and foresaw the possibility of our present moral insanity.
Ames said, “The known propensity of a democracy is to licentiousness which the ambitious call, and ignorant believe to be liberty.” Oh, that could never happen! What a stick in the mud!
How about George Washington? He understood our nation’s original vision.
George Washington said, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of man and citizens.”
Apparently Washington saw the new Democrat Party coming.
The truth is that the powerful and uncensored images from our media destroy our morals and our culture. In fact, the TV and movie industries greatly damage themselves by the lack of censorship. It is easy to unclothe people or use special effects to create grotesque, adrenaline pumping violence. Without these cheap props the TV and movie industries will be forced to become creative and original; to tell powerful stories.
We need to guard freedom of speech with our lives; but pornography carries no noble truths or persuasive arguments. It only expounds on desires already too powerful for many to control. Pornography also tends to demean women; the spiritual flowers of humanity. It limits and perhaps enslaves women to their physical beauty. When men become obsessed only with women’s outward beauty, they fail to drink from the true nectar of the flower, and civilizations becomes harsh and brutal.
In this painting, Washington has just finished his speech assuring access to every form of pornography.
Washington hinted that perhaps free speech might be included, if it didn't offend anyone and if the speaker follows the Fairness Doctrine and immediately gives an equally passionate speech for the other side.
The artist finished this work right before Washington sat down on a whoopie cushion placed on his chair by Madison. What a convention it was!