This week it is No Sugar Added in three segments. I’m also using this title because we are releasing our FDA approved ‘No Sugar Added’ Pepper Jams. I figure that since we have two dedicated contributors to the program (of which we could use a couple more dedicated donors,) and I sustain all the rest of the cost for producing Sam Adams, I can ask that you consider expanding your culinary experience with our Pepper Jams and other products. Or, you can always donate directly, but enjoying the Pepper Jams is another way of helping to fund this program. See the Link in the References.
No Sugar Added – Supreme Court
There is no other way to consider the decisions of the recent Supreme Court than through the letters of Anti-federalist ‘Brutus.’ Brutus, in Essay XII on 7 February 1788, predicts the conundrum of the court especially the decision regarding South Carolina (Supreme Court Orders Race-Based Redistricting,) when he wrote:
‘First. Let us enquire how the judicial power will effect an extension of the legislative authority.
Perhaps the judicial power will not be able, by direct and positive decrees, ever to direct the legislature, because it is not easy to conceive how a question can be brought before them in a course of legal discussion, in which they can give a decision, declaring, that the legislature have certain powers which they have not exercised, and which, in consequence of the determination of the judges, they will be bound to exercise. But it is easy to see, that in their adjudications they may establish certain principles, which being received by the legislature, will enlarge the sphere of their power beyond all bounds.’
And there is No Sugar Added to his comments from that point on. I will cover more on this in Segment number 1.
No Sugar Added – the need of Reformation in the pulpits
In Segment number two, I decided that continuing a short review, in more detail, of the Pastors of the Revolution from the 1928 book ‘New England Clergy and the American Revolution’ is not just needed but mandatory. As many of you know, my often broadsides regarding the modern pulpits are founded in historical theological positions to which most modern pulpits have little–to-no regard for. Let me begin with this quote by Timothy Cutler, Connecticut Election Sermon, 1717:
‘God having made Man a Rational Creature, hath (as it were) Twisted Law into the very Frame and Constitution of his Soul. …’
There is that concept of ‘Soul’ that I talked about a few programs ago.
With that, Alice Baldwin introduces the framework of her book with a ‘must understand’ in her conclusion of Chapter 1:
‘To understand, therefore, something of the source and strength of their political faith and its influence upon those whom they taught, it is essential to review briefly certain of their theological doctrines and also their ecclesiastical polity.’
She then goes on to further explain the Cutler quote with:
‘Some such belief as this axiom of Timothy Cutler seems to have lain deep in the mind of the New England Puritans. They were legally-minded men. Their theology and church polity were legalistic and had a large share in determining the character of their political thinking. The law of God did not concern religious and ecclesiastical matters alone, but affected politics as well.
They conceived the universe to be a great kingdom whose sovereign was God, whose relations with His Son and with men were determined by covenant or compact, “covenant-constitutions”, which were always conditional and implied strict obligations on each side. God had made a covenant of works with Adam and Eve, who wilfully broke it. Then in His mercy He made a second covenant of grace “ordaining the Lord Jesus . . . according to a covenant made between them both, to be mediator between God and Man.” This covenant made by Christ with His Father was entirely voluntary, a compact made between them in council. By it, salvation was promised to men in return for faith in the Christ. Christ, by His sacrifice, paid the penalty for a broken covenant which a just God, who ruled by law, could not but demand. In return, God gave into the hands of His Son, as His delegate, the government of the world.5 This conception of a covenant or compact as the foundation of divine and human relations is of basic importance in New England thought.
God, the Sovereign, was also a law giver. He had established laws for his people, “perfectly wise, just and good,” which were “founded upon the Nature and Relation of Things, and are of universal and perpetual Obligation. . . . Immovable as the Mountains and Immutable as God himself.”6 And Christ also gave laws to His subjects, determined the form His church should take, and commissioned His officers.
To the New Englander this divine law became a “divine constitution”,8 a fixed, fundamental law, sacred and inviolable. Throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries it was a frequent theme of discussion, and to determine its nature and meaning and to make it clear to their people was one of the chief aims of the clergy. They conceived of it as three-fold, including the law of nature, the law of the Old Testament, and the law of Christ.’
Then in the mid-1700’s came Unitarianism and Universalism. I have covered those in past programs. Worse than the theological mind bending of the double-U’s, are the theological shifts by the mid-1800’s and then the lust for phd’d ministers in the 1900’s to the present. All of whom have left foundational Orthodoxy.
Remember, I always note that there is a remnant of Foundational Reformed / Orthodox pastors as those discussed in this book and other foundational resources I take you to.
No Sugar Added – ESG
Larry Fink of CapRock freaks out over the politicalization of ESG. Well, this is the good news of ‘We the People,’ the common man, standing our ground against the elites and oligarchs that the Anti-federalist wrote would pervert the Constitution of 1787. Remember how I brought to you the comments of ‘designing men’ and their schemes. Noodle on this from Centinel essay No. IV:
‘It is to be lamented that the interested and designing have availed themselves so successfully of the present crisis, and under the specious pretense of having discovered a panacea for all the ills of the people, they are about establishing a system of government that will prove more destructive to them than the wooden horse filled with soldiers did in ancient times to the city of Troy. This horse was introduced by their hostile enemy the Grecians by a prostitution of the sacred rites of their religion; in like manner, my fellow citizens, are aspiring despots among yourselves prostituting the name of a Washington to cloak their designs upon your liberties.’
Segment three is more about ESGand DEI as a followup on the Supreme Court Decisions.
Giving Brutus XI Sam’s spot for today:
The nature and extent of the judicial power of the United States, proposed to be granted by this constitution, claims our particular attention.
Much has been said and written upon the subject of this new system on both sides, but I have not met with any writer, who has discussed the judicial powers with any degree of accuracy. And yet it is obvious, that we can form but very imperfect ideas of the manner in which this government will work, or the effect it will have in changing the internal police and mode of distributing justice at present subsisting in the respective states, without a thorough investigation of the powers of the judiciary and of the manner in which they will operate. This government is a complete system, not only for making, but for executing laws. And the courts of law, which will be constituted by it, are not only to decide upon the constitution and the laws made in pursuance of it, but by officers subordinate to them to execute all their decisions. The real effect of this system of government, will therefore be brought home to the feelings of the people, through the medium of the judicial power. It is, moreover, of great importance, to examine with care the nature and extent of the judicial power, because those who are to be vested with it, are to be placed in a situation altogether unprecedented in a free country. They are to be rendered totally independent, both of the people and the legislature, both with respect to their offices and salaries. No errors they may commit can be corrected by any power above them, if any such power there be, nor can they be removed from office for making ever so many erroneous adjudications.
The only causes for which they can be displaced, is, conviction of treason, bribery, and high crimes and misdemeanors.
2. Brutus 11,12,14,15,16: The Anti-federalist Papers: Special Edition, pages 300 – 320
3. The New Englad Clergy, Chapter 1
5. ESG Score – A strangle on corporations:
1. Larry Fink freaks out:
BlackRock’s Fink says he’s stopped using ‘weaponised’ term ESG, By Isla Binnie
2. Supreme Court – What could it mean to ESG and DEI across the board?