Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom
Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom

Geography & Constitutional Mayhem

by Frank Wright, Ph.D.
Most visitors to Washington, D.C., quickly discern that our capital city is divided into four quadrants. Naturally, at the intersection of these quadrants we find the geographic center of the city. While that crossroads is easy to visualize, almost no one I meet (not even D.C.-area natives) can tell me exactly where it is—or more importantly, why it is located there.

Where is the geographic center of our nation’s capital? It is directly under the dome of the United States Capitol Building. More specifically, it is found in the Rotunda of the Capitol—the vast open space under the dome that is large enough to hold the Statue of Liberty and still leave 19 feet of clearance above Lady Liberty’s torch. In that cavernous space one can find a small, unadorned brass plate affixed to the floor marking the exact spot. 

And so it is that the most widely recognized building on the face of the Earth—a shining city on a Hill—sits at the very epicenter of Washington, D.C. But why there? Why did our Founders and national architects—no doubt acutely aware of the symbolism of every decision—choose this place? The answer is simple, yet profoundly important at this juncture in the history of our republic.

In situating the U. S. Capitol at the center of the city, the Founders made an unmistakable declaration about the centrality of law in our system of government. America is first and foremost a nation of laws, and the law is the foundation on which every truly free society rests. The seat of law rests at the heart of this great city, because just law is the bulwark of freedom.

Now, one need not wake up Einstein to know that true freedom appears to be on life-support in our day, largely due to the constitutional mayhem of a radical United States Supreme Court majority that has slipped the bonds of any semblance—or even any pretense—of judicial restraint. A spate of recent decisions woefully declaims that justice is no longer rooted in just laws, democratically enacted, but rather floats in the murky miasma of personal preference.

In light of this astonishing transformation from a court historically bound by the rule of law and by precedent, to a tyrannical majority rooted more in the Lewis Carroll School of Jurisprudence, a simple but overarching question is in order. Can this possibly be what those who framed and ratified our Constitution intended?

Let’s go back and learn from our Founders and national architects once again. Just as the location of the U. S. Capitol Building represented a powerful statement of political philosophy and of national intent, so did the considered choice of where to locate the U.S. Supreme Court.

And where was that chosen location? Well, according to the Architect of the Capitol, in its earliest days you could find the Court meeting in the ground floor of the Capitol Building, in a modest room adjacent to the Old Senate Chamber. Years later the Court took up residence in the Old Senate Chamber itself. All told, the U. S. Supreme Court met in the U. S. Capitol Building for 134 years, before relocating to its own temple-like edifice just east of the Capitol complex in 1935.

Clearly, the Founders were making another powerful statement of political philosophy and national intent by establishing the Court as an important appendage to the law-making process—not an entity in any way superior or even equal to it. 

Friends, this is far more than merely an interesting history lesson. This is a watershed moment for our nation. In our day we have seen a radical majority of the Supreme Court slip its Constitutional moorings, exalting itself above all other governing institutions—and even above the very people it purports to serve. Because of the raw and extra-constitutional power exercised by this radical group, a latter-day Sword of Damocles now hangs over our religious freedoms, and our ability to proclaim an unfettered Gospel message is at risk. If at this signal hour we stand by and watch this happen without a murmur of protest, then future generations may rightly rise up and call us faithless and cowardly.

What can you do about this? And what are we at D. James Kennedy Ministries doing about it?

What can you do? You can start by remembering how we got here. The five lawyers comprising this new radical majority were appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the United States Senate. Elections matter! And it seems inarguable that the very destiny of liberty, in the land of the free and the home of the brave, depends upon the outcome of the forthcoming presidential and senate elections. 

Will the years ahead see a restoration of the rule of law and a High Court operating within the bounds of the Constitution? They may, but only if the office of the President and the Senate chambers are occupied by men and women committed to making it so. This will indeed be the most important election in our lifetime.

And what are we doing here at D. James Kennedy Ministries? While constrained by law from direct involvement in efforts to influence the outcomes of elections, we are not constrained from telling the truth—at least not yet! And we are not constrained from demanding that our elected officials defend our freedoms. 

By the time you read this, I will have directly contacted the leadership of both the House and Senate respectfully demanding that they spell out in detail how they will defend religious freedom in light of the Court’s decision aimed at abridging that freedom.

The battle for religious liberty freedom has entered a new and critical phase. The highest court in our land is attempting to override our republican form of government, replacing it with the capricious notions of five unelected lawyers. We are ready to stand and fight. Will you help us?