OH SAY NATION: A Political Commentary 8th Edition

By Marilynn Stark

The Importance of Moral Conscience in the Preservation of a Democratic People

The United States is especially endowed with a constitution which is considered not only the founding document of its government but also the preserving strength of the longevity of the nation.  Within the providential writ of the Constitution of the United States the structure of the government is formed of three branches: the executive, legislative and judicial; just briefly, these governing bodies are further buoyed up by a system of checks and balances to guard against any unwieldy, disproportionate assumption of excessive power in any one of them.  

One provision which is found in Article VI, Section III of the United States Constitution is as follows: " . . . but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States."

In the founding days of the republic, there was careful consideration among those involved in establishing freedom; moreover, a system of government was sought which would be responsive to the concepts of freedom as time would progress in the longevity of the republic.  One of the leading tenets of such considerations regarded the question of religious liberty and how the governing state should be disposed to an individual in the sense of the individual's religious mind and worldview formed therefrom.  This rarefied thinking led to the idea as propounded and discussed by the framers of the Constitution that church and state must remain functionally individuated from one another as discrete entities in order to secure the freedom of the citizens.  Such insight into how to establish and assure freedom in our nation is furthermore typical of the transcendent view of the framers of the Constitution.  Even though the colonists had weathered remarkable religious persecution under the tether of the crown of England, those who worked to free everyone at the time from such persecutory ideas as relates to religion did not wallow in a mind reactive to the unkindnesses of the crown.  Rather, the framers worked to find a more universal level of truth in which answers to the questions of freedom would be found, and so did they also draw from lessons of wider history and from philosophical surmise.
It remains difficult to apply the language of the Constitution and to assert its spirit of freedom as against the power of a church or a religion which can assert its grip against the civil liberties of an individual through a social contract of organized crime.  Through the corrupt use of an organized crime contract against the free destiny of an individual, a given church can exert leadership which is backed by monies to level the rights and freedom of an individual or individuals simply by forming a mob contract accordingly.  Since this organized crime arises from religious organization, it may even be likely to  bear a sanction from sectors of society and some agencies of government.  It is most probable that if the United States were to decay and fall  such a course would be determined by the power of religious zeal in the people whose greed for organized crime contractual money would find its justification in the guise of a religious source of the money; in fact, their exercise in the socio-political forum of despotic acts against freedom in the most rarefied sense would be one bought from them.  If organized crime revels in the drug trade monies and directs a powerful component of political sentiment accordingly and then turns around and claims a religious affiliation as license for this subversive activity, then the higher principles of government as to its structure and place have been subverted seriously.  This is what is meant by the insubstantial nature of money which lives in the drug regime -- money which is outsourced to legality -- since it is illegal money despite its political moorings.  To justify politics to God is one matter.  To use the offices and power of the governing bodies to therein test religion would be an elaboration of such a difficult, diffuse justification.  To then again justify crime to God and thus efface the democratic principles underlying the political forum which should rightfully adhere to the governing of our nation is yet more serious.
The greatest redemption towards the preservation of our democracy would lie in the ability of the citizens to transcend their greed and apply the moral principles which are sovereign only through their own sufferance, their own ability to discriminate and remain immune to or achieve immunity from the clutches of unfair, organized crime social contract.
Let us be mindful of the wisdom which motivated James Madison as he theorized regarding the separation of church and state when the republic was in its formational stage.  Madison said:
7. Because experience witnesseth that ecclesiastical establishments, instead of maintaining the purity and efficacy of Religion, have had a contrary operation. During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What have been its fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the Clergy, ignorance and servility in the laity, in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution. Enquire of the Teachers of Christianity for the ages in which it appeared in its greatest luster; those of every sect, point to the ages prior to its incorporation with Civil policy.

Excerpt from James Madison's Memorial and Remonstrance, June 1785


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