June 15, 2015: 800th Anniversary Of British ‘Magna Carta’

Jun 15th, 2015 | By | Category: Weekly Washington Updates

MagnaCarta800By Frank York

The Magna Carta was a key document in establishing the basis for self-government, a written Constitution and the rule of law over the King’s edicts in England and later in America.

Most Americans are unaware of the significance of the Magna Carta in the founding of the United States as a Constitutional Republic with the people being sovereign over a limited federal government.

The Magna Carta was a document signed by King John of England on June 15, 1215 at Runnymede — under duress by British Barons who grew tired of John’s ruthless treatment of them.

Prior to the signing of the Magna Carta, King John, who believed in the “divine right of Kings,” ran England as if it were his personal business venture.

When he was forced to sign the Magna Carta, he agreed to be bound by written laws and protections for the English people – protections that ended up inspiring the Founding Fathers of America to incorporate many of these ideas into our state and U.S. Constitutions.

In fact, the Magna Carta was used as a template by lawyer Edward Coke who drafted the first Virginia Charter in 1606.

In 1637, the Maryland colony sought permission to incorporate the Magna Carta into its basic law.

In 1687, William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, published the first American edition of the Magna Carta. He described the Magna Carta in these words:

“In France, and other nations, the mere will of the Prince is Law, his word takes off any man’s head, imposeth taxes, or seizes any man’s estate, when, how and as often as he lists; But in England, each man hath a fixed Fundamental Right born with him, as to freedom of his person and property in his estate, which he cannot be deprived of, but either by his consent, or some crime, for which the law has imposed such a penalty or forfeiture.”

Historian Robert Hazell notes in Magna Carta And Its Modern Legacy, that more than half of the articles in the Bill of Rights were influenced by the Magna Carta.

In addition, James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, was heavily influenced by Magna Carta.

It is important to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta because it was one of the key documents in history that laid the foundation for America’s Republican form of government with elected leaders bound by laws.

This is something Barack Hussein Obama has clearly forgotten during the past six years he has occupied the White House. Obama appears determined to rule like King John, unbound by the legislative or judicial branch, and issuing edicts that restrict, rather than protect our constitutional freedoms. Obama, like King John, is ruling as a tyrant, not an elected official who is subject to the American people and to our Constitution and Bill of Rights.

While we commemorate the Magna Carta, let us not forget that the spiritual heir of King John rules the Executive Branch – and he steadfastly refuses to yield to the people – the true sovereigns of this great nation.




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