Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Principle of Tolerance in US Law

This month, students of the Faith of the Pure Ray are focusing on the principles of Islam, and celebrating Ramadan, a time for setting aside the cares of the world and focusing on introspection on the principles of equality, and also tolerance and empowerment, and then creativity.

The favorite power game associated with Islam is terrorism, which is lashing out in anger when the Muslim sees someone who is not standing on the principles. Mankind always has three choices, and one is to stand on the principles, then another is to ignore the crisis and pass it on to future generations, and then one is to go down into the power games, which is the case of Muslims is terrorism--lashing out in anger. Ramadan, when observed based on its highest level, helps to clarify which option is the best.

Our Light Source Invention helps to clarify the importance of tolerance, which is on the opposite side of the planning circle from Islam. When people rise in protest, tolerance brings together everyone to come up with a plan that benefits everyone, and then the plan must stand on the principles of Christianity, which teaches creativity. Zero tolerance leads to more oppression--plans that benefit no one. 

(Our Tolerance brochure)

This month, the Trump administration has announced their policy of zero tolerance for illegal immigrants that are coming across the border asking for refuge. It has finally been revealed that Trump is using his policy, not to stand on the laws, but to back Congress into a corner to approve his immigration plan which includes the border wall. Previous attempts to introduce an immigration reform included a Muslim ban. 

Tolerance is the principle that brings the swinging pendulum back to the midpoint when there are acts of terrorism. The root cause of terrorism is that the people are denied a voice in their government, which is one of our unalienable rights granted to us by our Creator. Trump's policy of zero tolerance and a border wall won't solve the problem of terrorism. 

The Trump administration argues that they are just following the law, and this argument could stand in court, except that there is a misunderstanding in our legal system that is creating chaos.

Form email to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on immigration June 17, 2018

There is a misunderstanding in our legal system that is causing chaos. Many people see two levels, when there are three (Principles, Power and Project) or Universal Law, constitutional law and federal law. 

Universal Law applies to every atom in the Universe, and that is where we get our unalienable rights. It stands on seven principles: equality, liberty, freedom, compassion, abundance, capacity and tolerance. When our government stands on only constitutional law and federal law, it can justify, even in court, oppressive power games. For example, the first requirement for conflict resolution is that both sides must be considered equal. If a court case is a mini-war, how can our government guarantee fairs trials if there is no equality under the law?

The Constitution is the Power aspect, and it is not fixed, but evolutionary and it evolves and devolves as Americans do. It addresses use of power when it delineates the duties and rights and privileges of elected officials, and when to remove them from power when they abuse their power.

Impeachment must be considered one of the Checks and Balances. When people are saying, "This is not America," then it is time to consider that what our elected officials are doing is an abuse of constitutional power, and that is an impeachable offense, because the House represents and will of the people and the Senate addresses the rights of the people. 

Tolerance is necessary to bring together everyone to create a plan that benefits everyone. Zero tolerance is unlawful, and an abuse of power. 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Why is Impeachment Such a Threat?

Impeachment has become a threat, something to be avoided at any cost, but when our founding fathers included "high crimes and misdemeanors" in the Constitution, they intended it to be one of the checks and balances. Impeachment doesn't have to lead to indictment. It can lead to a proverbial slap on the hand, and should be used anytime there is a question of whether an elected official has abused the power of the office. The Constitution delineates the rights, duties and privileges of the position, and also when to remove the elected official from office for abuse of power. 

It is not up to Congress to decide whether a law or practice is legal. The House of Representatives addresses the will of the people and the Senate addresses the rights of the people, and must stand on the rule of law, but it is up to the Judicial Branch to decide what is lawful. The US Supreme Court decides what they believe is Constitutional. The Executive Branch addresses whether laws and practices are executable. For example, the House of Representatives may vote to allow Americans to travel to the moon, that it is the will of the People, and the Senate votes on the rights to travel to the moon. The president decides whether that is something that is possible to accomplish, and if it is, signs it into law, or if not, vetoes the bill. If the law is protested, it will go into the courts to decide whether it is legal, and can be appealed all the way to the Supreme Court. Checks and balances between the Branches keep a sense of balance. 

All members of Congress and elected members of the Executive Branch swear an oath of office to the Constitution. Our Constitution is evolutionary, because it can be amended. Some of what was considered lawful in the 1700s, like slavery, is no longer lawful now. We evolved out of slavery in the 1860s. 

Slavery has always been against Universal Law, but slavery is more than just racism. The same crises occur on every level. It is a power game that is based on one of the five power games related to revenge. (We go deeper into the power games related to revenge in our Exit Strategy for Iraq proposal.) 

There are always three levels in the Universe--the principles, the power and the project--and three levels of the US legal system there are Universal Law, Constitutional Law and Federal Law. The US Constitution is the Power level, so it address the use of power and the abuse of power. 
Universal Law is where every person on the planet gets our unalienable rights. Our founding fathers declared, "We are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." Our unalienable rights are to be able to live our lives without interference, to be treated fairly and equally, and to have a voice in our government.

Congress functions based on the will and the rights of the people, but the people are oftentimes left out of consideration. Governments deny the people a voice in matters of grave concern, and this leads to acts of terrorism as people raise their voices to be heard, oftentimes to the point of violence. When a nation is facing acts of massacres, such as school shootings, or terrorism, such as bombings or vehicles running down crowds of people on the streets, or wars, the power games are being played within the society. 

The preemptive strike on Iraq started an unlawful conflict that devolved as a genocide, but our Congress has yet to recognize the power grab that is still taking lives around the world. Ripples of effects went out from the grand lie that there were WMD in Iraq and Saddam Hussein could attack the United States with one with a half an hour notice. That war went against Universal Law, and it set the stage for the Trump administration to use the same failed policies. 

When the president of the United States talks about "fake news," he is telling us that a genocide is devolving within our nation. Genocides are also related to revenge, one of the two power games based on weaving an illusion. People who have been dragged into a genocide lack their liberty--their rights. President Trump's promise to undo everything Obama did while in office can be considered character defamation, an individual form of genocide, and an abuse of his power, and is therefore an impeachable offense. 

Wars are started by people who believe they are more important than others, and therefore they have the right to put others down. Trump's policy of maximum pressure is a businessman's tactic to take over other businesses that are floundering, but don't belong in the White House because this leads to wars, not peace. People who have been dragged into a war lack the principle of equality. The first requirement for conflict resolution is that both sides must be considered equal. If you consider a court case to be a mini-war, for a fair trial, both sides must be equal under the law. Trump's policy of maximum pressure is an abuse of power that will lead to perpetual war, and is an abuse of power, and is therefore an impeachable offense.

It may seem like the right thing to do to avoid impeaching the president for "high crimes and misdemeanors," but where would our country to today if our government had listened to the hundreds of thousands of peace protesters all over the world who protested the preemptive strike on Iraq? Why place our complete trust in the hands of one individual who is human, like the rest of us, and plays compensatory games that always backlash on us because they go against Universal Law?