The Court’s Blow to Democracy
Supreme Court Threatens Democracy with Campaign Finance Decision
Former Justice O’Connor Sees Ill in Election Finance Ruling
O'Connor Calls Citizens United Ruling 'A Problem'

Feingold: Supreme Court Decision Undermines Democracy

UNCONTROLLED BY STARE DECISIS (Lat. "to stand by that which is decided.")

"The case for stare decisis may be bolstered, we have said, when subsequent rulings "have reduced the impact" of a precedent "while reaffirming the decision's core ruling." Dickerson v. United States, 530 U. S. 428, 443 (2000).28 In the end, the Court's rejection of Austin and McConnell comes down to nothing more than its disagreement with their results. Virtually every one of its arguments was made and rejected in those cases, and the majority opinion is essentially an amalgamation of resuscitated dissents. The only relevant thing that has changed since Austin and McConnell is the composition of this Court.Today's ruling thus strikes at the vitals of stare decisis, "the means by which we ensure that the law will not merely change erratically, but will develop in a principled and intelligible fashion" that "permits society to presume that bedrock principles are founded in the law rather than in the proclivities of individuals." Vasquez v. Hillery, 474 U. S. 254, 265 (1986).  (From the dissenting opinion of Justice John Paul Stevens; emphasis added)

Supreme Court Decision in 'Citizens United v. FEC' Empowers New Citizen Action:

We must change this Nation’s laws in order to ensure that the Fundamental and inalienable Rights to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness are protected for all of our neighbors - including our young, our infirm and our elderly. This opinion helps us along the path to victory.
We should be emboldened by this Supreme Court decision. We should also use it as a blueprint for our future political and legal activism. It is time to follow our President’s example in at least one way, by becoming “community organizers.”
Wielding the language set forth in this opinion we need to build – and massively fund - the organizations, associations, and movements desperately needed in this urgent hour. It is time for boldness! A truly free nation must recognize the first freedom, the freedom to be born, or it will lose freedom itself. In the Wake of the March for Life, the Supreme Court Decision in “Citizens United’ Empowers a New Citizen Action."  (Emphasis added)

The problem is that Rome's concept of "freedom "is the liberty to impose its will:

The fact that Catholicity with you is in good condition, nay, is even enjoying a prosperous growth, is by all means to be attributed to the fecundity with which God has endowed His church, in virtue of which, unless men or circumstances interfere, she spontaneously expands and propagates herself, but she would bring forth more abundant fruits if, in addition to liberty, she enjoyed the favor of the laws and the patronage of the public authority.  (The Great Encyclical Letters of Pope Leo XIII, Benziger Bros. 1903, CATHOLICITY IN THE UNITED STATES. Encyclical Letter Longinque Oceani, January 6, 1895.

Freedom comes before equality:

"Fidelity to the Gospel in no way restricts the freedom of others – on the contrary, it serves their freedom by offering them the truth. . . . In a social milieu that encourages the expression of a variety of opinions on every question that arises, it is important to recognise dissent for what it is, and not to mistake it for a mature contribution to a balanced and wide-ranging debate. It is the truth revealed through scripture and tradition and articulated by the church's magisterium that sets us free." (Pope Benedict XVI, Emphasis added)

Justice Stevens' Dissenting Opinion in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

Gavel Grab - Citizens United

The Pinocchio Project - Watching as the Supreme Court turns a corporation into a real live boy

The Bible prophesied the coming of a "king of fierce countenance" - "fierce of face" (YLT); "of bold countenance" (NRSV).  The text of the King James version reads "And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up." (Dan. 8:23)  The phrase "understanding dark sentences" is translated in modern idiom "understands sinister schemes" (NKJV,) "skilled in intrigue" (NRSV,) and literally "understanding hidden things" (YLT).  This speaks both of a persecuting power and one who plots and executes nefarious plans in secret.

The Seventh-day Adventist Biblical Research Institute in a Report on the Eleventh Chapter of Daniel, with particular reference to verses 36-39, analyzed the reference to "the King" as follows:

The power causing the people of God their trouble is not mentioned after the 32d verse, but is implicit in the troubled experience of the faithful. When is this persecuting power again referred to? It is "the king" of verse 36. It must be noted that the reading "the king" is found in the accepted Hebrew text, and translated thus in the King James Version and nearly all standard versions of the Scripture. After carefully weighing translations of the Hebrew on this question, we feel that the weight of evidence is on the side of the generally accepted rendering, "the king.”

It helps in the identification of this "king" to notice that the power introduced as Rome is usually spoken of as "he" or "him," but in verse 21 it is called a "kingdom," and in verse 27 the "he" and his opponent in the battle are spoken of as "both these kings." When, therefore, the prophet again refers to "the king" in verse 36, it is most reasonable to apply the text to the king already mentioned. In verse 36, without a break in the thought, and without even a new sentence in some translations, "the king" is again presented and his activities further explained. It would, therefore, seem to be but reasonable to conclude that the power here set forth is the same as in previous verses.

4. This is further emphasized by the fact that verses 36-39 so nearly parallel other texts that have always been applied to the Papacy by most Protestant commentators. Note the following:

Daniel 11:36

"The king shall do according to his will; and he shall self and magnify himself above every god."



Daniel 11:36

"He shall . . . speak marvellous things against the God of gods."






Daniel 11:36

"He . . . shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done."



Daniel 11:37

Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, . . . nor regard any god: or he shall magnify himself above all.


Daniel. 8:23

"A king of fierce countenance and understanding dark sentences shall stand up.”
Daniel 8:11. "Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host."
2 Thess. 2:4, "Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God."

Daniel 7:25

"He shall speak great words against the most High."
Daniel 7:11. "Because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake."
2 Thess. 2:4. "Shewing himself that he is God."
Rev. 13:5, 6. "And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven."

Daniel 11 :35

"Even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed."
Daniel 7:25. "They shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time."
Rev. 13:5. "Power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.”

2 Thess. 2:4

"So that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God."

Daniel 7:25

"He shall .. . think to change times and laws [of God]."

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Therefore, from the foregoing, we conclude that verses 36-39 of Daniel 11 accurately set forth in prophetic language the work and history of papal Rome, which we believe has specifically fulfilled these predictions in the theological claims of the Papacy and in its history as a church. . . .

But to apply the prophecy in verses 36-39 to the Papacy is to continue the thought logically and also to retain the parallel with chapters 7 and 8. The terms of verses 31-39 fit the Papacy better than they do any other power of history.  (Emphasis added.)

In the Book of Revelation this same parallel demonstrated in the chart above can be seen in Chapter 13, verses 1-10.  This is the same "king of fierce countenance," and the prophecy brings this power into the present times.  This is the power behind the rule of five conservative justices of the US Supreme Court.  (Cf. EXEGESIS OF REVELATION -5- The Harlot and the Beast  Text File) (and:

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The Report of the Biblical Research Institute, by persuasively connecting the king of Dan. 8:23 to the king of Dan. 11:36-39 also brings us right up to the close of probation.  The Report ends with the statement:

Therefore we conclude that it would be well to hold in abeyance any positive interpretation of Daniel 11:4-45 until the events foretold can be clearly seen and identified as the fulfillment of the prophecy. Then we can with assurance and without embarrassment proclaim these events as signs of the approaching standing up of Michael and the coming of the Lord as presented in Daniel 12:1-3.

However, it is logical beyond credible dispute that the "he" of Daniel 11:45 must be the very same personage as "the king" of verses 36-39.  This may not have been so clear in 1954; but to those who have been paying attention to the Vatican's interest in Jerusalem it is obvious that current events are moving towards the fulfillment of Daniel 11:45 and "the approaching standing up of Michael and the coming of the Lord as presented in Daniel 12:1-3."  (Cf.  RECENT DEVELOPMENTS)

For the past thirty years, and especially since the year 2000, we have seen the increasing influence of the Church of Rome on the American political scene, aided and abetted by the Protestant Religious Right.  This is directly in line with the prophecy of Rev. 13:12.  The Beast and apostate Protestantism as the False Prophet have together made an Image to the Beast.  The alliance dominates all three branches of the US government.  Each branch in turn surprises by actions that aid and abet the Church of Rome as "she spontaneously expands and propagates herself" and advances her towards the ultimate objective of enjoying "in addition to liberty," "the favor of the laws and the patronage of the public authority".  How long now before America gives "life unto the image of the beast"? (Rev. 13:15)  How long before the beast acts in fulfillment of Daniel 11:45?  How long before Michael stands up and there is "a time of trouble , such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time"? (Daniel 12:1 a & b)  How long before the Remnant of God "shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book [of life]"? (Daniel 12:1 c)