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Virginia’s Motto: Sic Semper Tyrannis

The Waynesboro Republicans are men and women of principle. Their goal is to defend the Constitution, with energy, courage and good humor.

Published in the News Virginian, October 15, 2014

Va flag 2On Monday, October 6th, the Supreme Court denied an appeal to the ruling of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals which declared Virginia’s Marriage Amendment unconstitutional. On that day, the Federal judiciary dictated that the people of Virginia must accept its definition of marriage and reject the definition of the people of the Commonwealth.

That dictate will have a profound influence on America for years to come. Here is why.

The Constitution is the supreme law of the land. It delegates seventeen, and only seventeen, enumerated powers to the Federal government. Examples of those powers include, to coin money, to establish Post Offices and to declare war.

James Madison, known as the Father of the Constitution, wrote, “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation and foreign commerce… The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives and liberties, and properties of the people.”

The power to define marriage is not delegated to the Federal government by the Constitution. Look for yourself. It’s just not there.

History tells us that whenever the Supreme Court usurps the authority of the people, there is trouble. I will cite an example with which you are familiar.

In 1973, the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that the Constitution contained the right to abortion. This right had escaped detection by those who wrote the Constitution and by the judges who ruled on the Constitution, and by the legal scholars who studied the Constitution, for 186 years.

With Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court overruled the laws of most of the States and dictated that abortion was to be allowed across the country. That was 41 years ago. Put another way, that was two generations ago.

And the war over abortion goes on.

On matters of profound belief, dictates never prevail over the will of the people. Rome failed, the Soviet Union failed and the Peoples Republic of China failed.

Roe v. Wade will remain a cancer on America until the people of the States decide the law for themselves. Now, let’s consider the Supreme Court’s nullification of Virginia’s Marriage Amendment.

It is Roe v. Wade all over again. The Supreme Court has seized power not granted to it. It will be a wound that does not heal.

The seal and flag of the Commonwealth of Virginia bear the words, Sic Semper Tyrannis. Those words translated from Latin read, “thus always to tyrants.” History attributes the words to Marcus Junius Brutus who spoke them at the assassination of Julius Caesar.

George Mason, one of the Founding Fathers, recommended that the words of Brutus be adopted as the Commonwealth’s motto at the Virginia Convention of 1776. The State seal and flag depict Virtue standing, with a spear in her hand, over the prostrate form of Tyranny.

I cannot predict how or when America will free itself from the unconstitutional dictates of the Supreme Court. But, I know for a certainty, that it will happen.

I say to the men and women of Waynesboro, whenever there is an election you must vote. You must. You are Virginians, and written on your hearts are the words, Sic Semper Tyrannis.

Ken Adams is the Chairman of the Waynesboro Virginia Republican Committee.