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800 Years on, the Magna Carta for Our Time

June 10, 2015 in Blogs

By Robin Koerner

June 15th 2015 marks exactly 800 years since the sealing of the Magna Carta by King John, in an English meadow called Runnymeade.

The Magna Carta is widely regarded as the document that marked the beginning of the Anglo tradition of constitutional liberty that would eventually lead to the writing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

The writers of the U.S. Constitution wished to preserve the natural rights they already held, including those truly fundamental rights that were first provided by the Magna Carta.

As Hatton Sumners, a former Congressman (D) from Texas, rightly said, “A straight road runs from Runnymede to Philadelphia. Our Constitution came up from a self-governing people.”

In true celebration of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, and the liberty upon which the United States was founded, it seems appropriate to demand the return of our inherent rights as human beings, and remind the government that it works for The People, rather than the other way around.

Accordingly, I’m inviting “We The People” to support this non-partisan and non-ideological demand for the return of all our basic freedoms – a demand made in the spirit of our nation’s Declaration of Independence that both recalls and insists that the only justification for our government is to protect our Life, our Liberty and our Pursuit of Happiness. (I’m posting it at www.MagnaCarta.US where you can lend your weight to it.) Given the aim of keeping it focused only on what unites Americans – a basic desire for liberty and justice for all – what would you add?

Whereas our Rights, enumerated in our Constitution, have been won with blood against tyrants for one thousand years;

Whereas that to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed;

Whereas whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it;

Whereas, when a long train of abuses and usurpations evinces a design to reduce those Rights, it is the Right, it is the duty, of the People to throw off such Government;

Whereas, under the Patriot Act and other legislation, even free speech has been criminalized and …read more

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