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THE SUPREME COURT OF MAMMON
June 15, 2002
Anyone who takes the time to study the rulings of the United States Supreme
Court can see that today's court is not the same as the supreme court of,
say, a century ago. The older rulings were more liberty friendly. A century
ago, people had confidence that the courts would uphold their rights that
their Constitution secured them, and the rulings of that time proved this.
No so today. Today's courts, from the supreme court on down, show little if
any regard for people's constitutional rights. Myself, like many other
people who have filed suits in the various state and federal courts for
rights violations have found out this bitter truth the hard way. Some of us
have even had sanctions imposed against us for filing suits that the courts
deemed to be "frivolous." Our rights have become frivolous things in the
eyes of today's judges. This is especially true if you are a father.
The New deal of the 1930's is critical to understanding what happened to
the courts. I knew there had to be a period in history where something
happened that changed the courts into anti-liberty courts. I found it
during the period of our history known as the "New Deal."
The campaign platform upon which Franklin D. Roosevelt ran for president
in 1932 was a platform of, among other things, lower taxes and reduced
government. This platform turned out to be a lie, for Roosevelt and his
administration massively expanded the size and power of the federal
executive. His administration was able to usurp legislative powers,
something the supreme court unanimously ruled in 1935 was unconstitutional.
Today, Congress writes only about 10% of the laws it votes on. About 90% of
all laws are written outside the halls of Congress by executive bureaucrats
and then a congressional representative "sponsors" the legislation. It
doesn't take a genius to see that de facto government begets de facto
As the justices of the supreme court died and retired in the 1930's,
Roosevelt was able to completely restructure the supreme court by
appointing new justices that were pledged, not to uphold the Constitution,
but to create whatever fictions were necessary to uphold unconstitutional
practices. These justices knew that the Constitution was being violated.
They knew that their oath to support the Constitution was a lie, just like
Roosevelt knew his oath was a lie. Do you really think that you can get
justice from judges that look with favor upon political rulers that take
pride in their ability to lie and deceive the people? The only way you can
get justice is if the political rulers respect the truth, for if the rulers
do not respect the truth, it follows that the judges will not respect the
truth. One justice that Roosevelt appointed in 1939 was Felix Frankfurter;
a man who was openly reported in the press as a socialist in 1936. But even
though the people were told in the media and the press that their
Constitution was being violated by the political forces of the "New Deal,"
the people overwhelmingly re-elected the very political forces that were
destroying the philosophy of government that respected their constitutional
rights, and every election cycle today merely keeps these anti-liberty
forces in power.
One justice that Roosevelt appointed that was an exception to the
anti-liberty trend in the courts was William Douglas. I submit that he was
the last liberty friendly justice to sit on the bench. There are none
today. In fact, a recent newspaper article pointed out that "The nine
Supreme Court justices are richer than all but a small percentage of
Americans, with at least five millionaires among them."
So you have found the truth, and now you expect justice from the Supreme
Court of Mammon. Once again, money and power controls the system, and this
leaves the common working folks out in the cold.
The only way to get truth and justice back in the system would be to throw
the money changers out of the temple, and, quite frankly, I don't see this
happening. As long as the majority of the people feel safe and secure in
the system, they will not vote to change it. Therefore, each election cycle
adds another link to the chain that shackles the people's liberties.
As Franklin Roosevelt warned us in his annual message to Congress in 1936,
"In the hands of a people's government this power is wholesome and proper.
But in the hands of political puppets of an economic autocracy, such power
would provide shackles for the liberties of the people." When Roosevelt
said this workers received their wages in a pay envelope with no deductions
even though the income tax had been in existence for 23 years. Free labor
is just as dead as the judges who used to respect the people's
constitutional rights. In the eyes of today's judges it is your duty to
accept the system, the Constitution notwithstanding.
Yours in Liberty
Adrian C. Banks