Free or Reprobate? | Ed Emery for State Senate 31

Free or Reprobate?

Posted by on July 3, 2013 in Capitol Reports, Recent | 7 comments

Free or Reprobate?
“As nations can not [sic] be rewarded or punished in the next world they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes & effects[,] providence punishes national sins, by national calamities.” — Founding Father George Mason

As we celebrate the 237th anniversary of the individual liberty and economic freedom embodied in United States of America, it is a shame that the airwaves are dominated not by the visions and wisdom of our founders, but by Supreme Court rulings on sodomy and the assault on marriage waged by five activist, unelected jurists. Making law by judicial fiat is not government of, by, and for the people, but is a clear usurpation of power from the people. These five social activists apparently believe they own the Constitution — they need to remember it was drafted on behalf of “We the People…” It was no accident that the founding document of our constitutional republic begins with those three words.

Pandering to a mere 3 percent of the U.S. population (estimates can range from 2 to 5 percent who practice sodomy), a 5:4 opinion has overturned moral absolutes that have endured in this nation for 237 years and transformed what is contrary to natural law into government-sanctioned behavior. What a disappointing departure from the document which begins with, “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with one another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitles them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

We neglect to teach our children about natural law in public schools today, but let’s look at a simple illustration. If it were possible to isolate communities, envision three completely isolated islands. On the first island, a young married couple; on the second, two consenting young women; and on the third, two consenting young men. Without intervention, revisit the three inlands in 20 years, 50 years, and 100 years. The communities on each island reflect what is historically known as natural law. I believe the founders understood and expressed the relationship between independence and natural law. In the island illustration, one community would be expected to survive and thrive independently. The other two would be totally dependent on others or would be extinct in a single generation.

The violation of natural law has consequences — moral consequences, medical consequences, and eternal consequences. That is why the founders based separation from England’s tyranny and their own declaration of independence from England on natural law. It is reflected in the Biblical account of creation: God did not create Adam and Andrew or Eve and Evelyn, but Adam and Eve. Their sexuality is clearly prescribed for procreation, but American society has redefined it from procreation to recreation. I confess it is sometimes difficult to understand the abandonment of logic that seems so pervasive in today’s America. Common sense is not just absent, but is detested.

For example, it seems odd that those so intent on removing smoking from societal expression are simultaneously intent on protecting behavior that is more offensive and significantly more dangerous. Smoking is condemned for harming the unborn and non-smokers who inhale the second-hand smoke. But the scourge of STDs and children born with AIDS does not elicit the same offensive behavior as depicted on TV, in movies or in public. One is described as an addiction while the other is promoted as a right. Actually odd may not be a suitable description — possibly reprobate may be more accurate.

The theme of the season should be the 28 Principles of Liberty in the book The 5000 Year Leap by Cleon Skousen. Instead, it is the U.S. Supreme Court’s activist opinion regarding granting special legal status due to the culture’s abandonment of Biblical morality. King Solomon, known for his insight regarding both government and human nature said, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…” We have seen how five of the nine Supreme Court justices think in their hearts and witnessed their mishandling of our Constitution.

A true celebration of the spirit of America and of the Independence that Americans have defended with life and limb for 237 years would be to exercise the powers reserved to us by the Constitution. The power to discipline Supreme Court justices is not by election, but by impeachment. An examination of the language, the founders’ writings, and the history of impeachments makes clear that the term of office for SCOTUS jurists is “good behavior.” Why not celebrate the anniversary of America’s independence by impeaching the five jurists whose elitist perspective and social agenda are a violation of their oath of office. In this country, they have every right to their own opinion, but when they exceed their constitutional authority and jurisdiction to impose those opinions as new law, that is tyranny.

I appreciate you reading this Legislative Report, and please don’t hesitate to contact my office at (573) 751-2108 if you have any questions.

Thank you, and God bless.


  1. Excellent article…wish you were my Senator!

    • Mr. Emery,

      Loved the article… Written by a true statesman! I tell my kids all the time, “Be careful who you call friend, because we become like those who we hang around.” Perhaps, it time to stop running with this pack! Or, perhaps we should have the guts the founding fathers had when they laid everything on the line for liberty.

  2. I thought you were supposed to be in favor of giving people the freedom to do what they want with their own private lives. Gay folks aren’t hurting you, Ed. Live and let live.

    • An attempt to redefine the foundational institutions of marriage and family and demanding special treatment under the law is NOT freedom and equality. Trampling on “the law of Nature and of Nature’s God” will result in the downfall of our culture and the loss of our freedom and liberty. Our founding fathers saw this and established our form of government upon the realization that its success was based upon a culture of morality and self-restraint. Freedom is the power to do what I ought, NOT the privilege to do whatever I want.

      • 1)Freedom is NOT the power to do what YOU think I ought. It IS the freedom to do whatever you want without infringing on others basic rights. 2)”Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…” Your definition of marriage is based on religious dogma and as such has no place in the federal govt, and I would argue, ANY govt. 3)The bible describes not natural, but SUPERnatural law, religious in nature and, again, has no place in our govt. 4)Homosexual behavior is common in the rest of nature. 5) “Sodomy” however you define it, is practiced by lawful, upstanding citizens of our community and no stigma should be attached to the practice and really is none of your #*%! business anyways. 6)There are a lot more important issues that could bring down and is bringing down the prosperity of the citizens of this country. I urge you to identify and concentrate on these instead spreading hate and lies.

        • Gary, your definition of freedom is predicated upon “basic rights.” Basic rights come from God as acknowledged by our founding fathers. You cannot argue for basic rights or freedoms in a world with no absolutes. A free society MUST be based on moral absolutes. A legal definition of marriage is by no means an establishment of religion.

  3. Senator Emery:
    Your focus on hating other Americans is deeply disturbing. This country and our state have real problems, like unemployment and global warming. I am embarassed that you claim to represent my interests.

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