The Covid pandemic is but the latest tool in the collectivists’ war chest to amend and abolish the Bill of Rights and steal our individual Freedom. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the public has been subjected to the purposeful denial of medical facts and information by so-called government experts on a nationwide scale. As we near the end of the second year of Covid, however, medical facts about this disease are gradually becoming publicly available. As part of that process, physicians and medical researchers have begun to risk their careers and livelihoods to defy the false statements of government and corporate professionals who stand to profit from this disease.
The Bill of Rights gives us a picture of everyday life for the American colonists under King George. The Bill of Rights prohibits all the atrocities perpetrated by the British monarch that led up to the American War of Independence. The Bill of Rights was included in the Constitution to defend us against a totalitarian dictatorship or an out-of-control federal government.
When the draft of our constitution was presented for ratification at conventions of each of the thirteen states, the people demanded that the rights of the citizens and the states be included, in writing, as a prerequisite for ratification. We are truly fortunate that our colonial ancestors understood the nature of mankind.
The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are written contracts among the states that clearly enumerate the powers and authority of each branch of government, especially those related to the rights of the sovereign states and their sovereign citizens. Those words have meaning and don’t need interpretation based on the philosophy or agenda of judges. Like the fine print in any contract, the written words of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are the law of the land that must be obeyed. If you doubt that, try unilaterally changing the provisions of the auto loan or house mortgage payment requirements with your bank.
For decades, We the People have been the victims of a runaway Supreme Court whose members have surreptitiously amended the Constitution without the authority to do so. Several recent Supreme Court decisions, however, may indicate a court that is more aligned with respecting the written words of our Constitution in spite of ambitions of the collectivists to do otherwise.
In the face of the continuous assault by the federal juggernaut on our constitutional rights, what options remain for those of us who value individual freedom? Our founders firmly believed in the concept of federalism which gave each state three mechanisms to defend its citizens from federal tyranny – nullification, interposition, and secession. The founders themselves attempted nullification against the Alien and Sedition Acts before the ink on the Constitution was even dry. In spite of Lincoln’s protestations, entities that voluntarily join a group, certainly have the option to leave if conditions become unacceptable.
Nevertheless, at this point in our national internecine culture war, interposition appears to be our most potent and reasonable weapon. This philosophy is best explained by Pastor Matt Trewhella in his book The Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrates, a concept that originated in 16th-century Germany. Simply put, the doctrine requires elected officials at the local level to protect their constituents from illegal, immoral, and unconstitutional laws and edicts from upper levels of government by standing in the gap. These actions can be taken legislatively or legally, depending on the circumstances.
The Bible story of Daniel teaches the importance of choosing to uphold principles and faith when facing life’s challenges. Daniel’s detractors could not fault his trustworthiness or the quality of his work, so they targeted Daniel for the moral values by which he lived. Daniel knew he was at risk for serious injury or death when he was thrown into the Lion’s Den. Nevertheless, he relied on the principles of his faith for protection.
The natural consequence is that physicians who stand for ethical prevention and treatment of Covid are being harassed legally by medical boards, medical insurance companies, and government law enforcement agencies. The ability of physicians to talk with their patients and render appropriate care can result in disciplinary action when their words contradict government agenda.
This constitutes a direct violation of our First Amendment guarantees of free speech and presents physicians with the moral dilemma of risking loss of license for treating patients in an ethical manner. These events give local elected officials the opportunity to exhibit the character and courage to interpose themselves between their constituents and the immoral and unconstitutional edicts from the tyrants, bureaucrats, and oligarchs in federal and state government.
The lesson remains clear and undeniable for medicine today. The Hippocratic Oath requires adherence to a set of moral guidelines for providing patient care. Government involvement in the doctor-patient relationship skews the priorities away from healing individuals to satisfying a political agenda. Like Daniel, physicians have a choice. If we abandon centuries-old Hippocratic doctrines for temporary safety, we will have destroyed forever the public trust on which our credibility relies.
Dr. Dan’s guest on Freedom Forum Radio this weekend is Andy Schlafly who has practiced law for nearly 30 years, specializing in litigation on constitutional issues. He is General Counsel for the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, a position he has held for two decades. He currently has a lawsuit pending against the Biden Administration over its “Disinformation Governance Board,” which is a kind of Orwellian “Ministry of Truth.” He has won jury trials in state and federal courts and has filed many amicus briefs in cases having heightened significance.
Andy has testified before state legislative committees in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Indiana, and Louisiana. He has a college engineering degree from Princeton and graduated from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review along with Barack Obama. Andy founded Conservapedia, an online conservative encyclopedia, and has been active in politics since an early age.
Part one of this fascinating interview airs on Saturday and Sunday, August 13-14 on WJRB 95.1 FM and is streamed live over the Internet. Part two airs on Saturday and Sunday, August 20-21, and part three airs on Saturday and Sunday, August 27-28.
Air times are Saturday, 8:00 AM and 9:30 AM, and Sunday, 2:30 PM and 7:00 PM. All programs are available by podcast following airtime here.