Tarrant County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 3
I believe that Spiritualism is the foundation of American government. This is expressed in our Declaration of Independence with “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” “Endowed by their Creator” means that these rights are a divine gift. As such, it is beyond the power of mortal men to take them away. The concept of the blessings of liberty being divine in origin require a strict adherence to the Constitution and exclude the anti-moral precept that the end justifies the means, even when it is claimed to be for the so-called common good, or general welfare. Our rights are a divine gift, and as such, we have a moral obligation to protect not only our rights, but those of our fellow citizens as well. The “just powers” of the government are only those that come from the “consent of the governed”. It is only by respect for, and an obligation to, the divine nature of individual sovereignty that act to prevent government from taking power not given. The only powers that the government can possess are limited to those specific and individual powers granted to it by the people, through the Constitution. Any doubt, disbelief, theories, or schools of thought, however lofty or ethical in intentions, which reject the affirmative and positive existence of a Creator diminish the moral obligation to protect these rights and can only lead to tyranny. The protection of these rights, either from the government or between citizens often ultimately lies with the courts. The judge should be committed to the protection of the “unalienable rights” of those in front of him, both of plaintiff and defendant. Every case involves these rights. At stake is someone’s divine gift of life, liberty, or property, and the judge has moral obligation to the Creator to make sure that Gift is protected, both in civil cases , or in the determination of guilt of someone accused of a crime. A judge following this principle could not rule contrary to the law, except in cases where the law is contrary to the Constitution or natural law. There are many different definitions of what is a conservative judge. Having a respect for the limitations of the Constitution, and a moral obligation to protect those unalienable rights endowed to us by our Creator is mine.