The Magna Carta, The Constitution, and the Kenyan 3

Today’s blog is not for the faint of heart.

If you read it and agree with it, you should be prepared to stand up to a King.

The “Great Charter of the Liberties” of England was a revolutionary document that set in motion a long period of enlightenment and freedom for common people in England and eventually our own country. Many people have compared the freedoms on the Magna Carta as an early expression of what our founding fathers set out to create in the ruling document of our time.

There are many choice items within the document that can be traced to our Constitution and some are of particular significance in this day and age.

#45. We will appoint as justices, constables, sheriffs, or bailiffs only such as know the law of the realm and mean to observe it well.

Even in King John’s day, he saw the importance of appointing men of character and dedication to the offices that were supposed to protect the laws of the land. How insane would it be to have justices and justice departments full of people who would neither enforce the laws nor do so in a way that was fairly done?

#63. Wherefore we will and firmly order that the English Church be free, and that the men in our kingdom have and hold all the aforesaid liberties, rights, and concessions, well and peaceably, freely and quietly, fully and wholly, for themselves and their heirs, of us and our heirs, in all respects and in all places forever, as is aforesaid. An oath, moreover, has been taken, as well on our part as on the art of the barons, that all these conditions aforesaid shall be kept in good faith and without evil intent.

Given under our hand – the above named and many others being witnesses – in the meadow which is called Runnymede, between Windsor and Staines, on the fifteenth day of June, in the seventeenth year of our reign. (AD 1215)

The original charter would be violated in part within a year by the King himself, but as a rule of law, it was mostly maintained as a governing doctrine all through the ascendency of the English nation. The recognition of the importance of the individual was firmly established.

The focus was on Freedoms and basic human rights

For centuries, people who had lived in feudal countries struggled to identify what inherent freedoms should exist. Kings and their leaders had often trampled on those very freedoms and the need to issue a Magna Carta became a driving force from below. The heart and soul of men who longed to breath freedom was almost unstoppable, even by a King. So the eventuality of such a charter was also unstoppable.

The granting of these freedoms did not destroy the country, they made it stronger. The ideas spread throughout Europe and the civilized world and eventually would chart the course for individual freedom in every land that embraced the ideas. Freedom promotes innovation, innovation promotes growth, growth promotes greater freedom. Civilizations that identify themselves with those individual freedoms have the strongest record of inventions, creations, art and industry.

While the Europeans were learning and celebrating the core elements of freedom, half the world away lay the continent of Africa

The area now known as Kenya was divided among traditional tribal populations and prior to the arrival of the European traders had a unique but predominant culture. From the Encyclopedia Britannica:

“Other prominent Islamic slave societies were on the east coast of Africa in the 19th century. The Arab-Swahili slave systems have been well studied, and it is known that, depending on the date, 65 to 90 percent of the population of Zanzibar was enslaved. Close to 90 percent of the population on the Kenya coast was also enslaved, and in Madagascar half the population was enslaved. It may be assumed that similar situations prevailed elsewhere in the vicinity and also earlier, but studies to verify the proposition have not been undertaken.”

The Islamic Arab and Swahili leaders felt that keeping their own populations enslaved was morally acceptable.

Some studies have actually claimed that their beliefs were based on their view of benevolence towards their subjects. Arab traders brought written language and mathematical skills to the coastlines of east Africa and their belief structures are similar to those views even today. There are only two kinds of people in Islam; the true believers and those people who must be converted or killed.

Globalization has brought many cultures together in a very short span of time. Travel to any European city and many large American cities and you can find neighborhoods of displaced people from many lands in Africa. Escaping poverty, wars, and limited opportunities have created whole industries to support the free flowing migration of tribal lands. Many have been successful in their new lands. Many still struggle. But culture is a strong force to overcome. Especially a culture where the individual is subjugated to the will of the masses.

The evidence of cultural clashes is everywhere too

.Sweden is only now waking up to the tragedy of multiculturalism and the invasion of unbridled Islam. Other European countries are finding themselves in the same awkward situation. even the most liberal countries are having a hard time accepting that the permanent visitors refuse to blend in and assimilate.

When I look at the fundamental differences between traditional America and the one that Obama wants us to become, I can see the stark differences of where we have come from. Americans have fully adopted the premises of the original Magna Carta even if they are not aware of its words or its origins. The assimilated populations of many generations have come to expect American exceptionalism.

Someone whose core beliefs were founded in the madrassas of his youth and the deep running beliefs of a native Kenyan will undoubtedly clash with an English based system. Even though the Kenyans and their Islamic Arab masters held their own people in slavery for hundreds of years, the very thought of being part of an ENGLISH based culture must be nearly impossible to endure. All you have to do is watch the President’s body language and observe his tribal/communal behaviors and you can understand why he is a horrible fit for the role he finds himself in.

Never forget the words fundamental change. It is simply a change from a system based on individual freedom to one that is designed around the few ruling over the masses in a slave like setting. He has betrayed all of his followers but like the passive slaves of Kenya, they follow him still. When they wake up in chains some day, it will be too late. Hopefully, enough people will fight like hell to keep that day from coming.

The American system that is based on the precepts of the Magna Carta must survive. America will not survive an adaptation to the culture that he represents. Slavery has never been a very good path for men who have breathed free air.

http://www.constitution.org/eng/magnacar.htm

The Magna Carta was the first document to clearly state the principal that no man is above the law.

I hope they hear this all the way to the White House.

Mister Mac

3 comments

  1. Outstanding, Mac. An addition which I think reinforces your point is that one of the main drivers of Magna Charta was Stephan Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury.

    Also note that Freedom advances under weak leaders such as John Softsword and (who?) although it’s takes a struggle.

      • Well, tolerable anyway, I’ll be writing about the last couple of weeks when I can get it organized.

        I think I ran across his role in a Thomas B. Costain historical novel back when I was young, wish we still had writers that could make a ripping good story out of history.

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