Only a few generations ago, to be educated meant that you were fluent in Latin, Greek and Hebrew. Why? For no other reason than to be able to read the Bible in the original, not in the endless series of inadequate translations.
I am not that educated. The Latin phrase in the title of this article — that which is permitted to Jupiter is not permitted to the ox — was one of my father’s favorite comments on the inequities that ravaged the world in the 20th century. Still you have to admire the Latin for its efficiency, and wonder how and why English and other languages based on Latin deviated so much from the original.
However, linguistic history is not the topic of this article. The topic is the current day’s version of Jove and the Ox.
In the land of “laws, not of men,” we too have degenerated into Joves and oxen.
The Joves — the privileged political class — is immune to the laws that would land the oxen — the common man toiling away just to make ends meet — in jail or worse. Three glaring examples today are related to (1) the unending saga of “Hillary–>”‘s private server used for official business, (2) the increasingly stridently racist provocation by the “black lies matter” movement, and (3) the Rowan County clerk being jailed for refusing to sign marriage licenses. Let’s take them one at a time.
- Violations of national security laws.
Being one who’s had to get a security clearance several times over my lifetime, and having received several security briefings at various levels, I can tell you that if I had committed just one of the many breaches in security procedures that “Hillary–>” has admitted to, I’d be in jail now, and so would you. You can NOT take classified material home with you. You can NOT transmit classified material using insecure means of communication, you can NOT share it with unscreened persons, you can NOT hide or destroy evidence of wrong-doing in anticipation or with the full knowledge of being investigated for violations you’ve committed. All these and more are in the public record, not just as accusations but also as direct or indirect admissions and as direct and indirect evidence, yet “Hillary–>” is not only still running around loose but brazenly campaigning — for PRESIDENT!!!
Quod licet Iovi, non licet bovi.
If we apply the “reasonable man” standard that is the basis of our system of laws, then it is clear that (1) everything that anybody even in a lesser job, let alone as high as Secretary of State, says and does is automatically presumed to be classified, and (2) must be handled accordingly until declassified by whoever is legally authorized to do so.
But I can just see this episode end, sometime next year maybe as an “October surprise,” with “Hillary–>” declaring that as Secretary of State SHE gets to decide what if anything in her communications was classified…
2. Pigs in a blanket…
The evidence in the public record is equally clear that the racist provocation by the “black lies matter” movement has lead directly to the murder of several police officers around the country. Black “leaders” openly call for more random killings, of police and white people. Yet these people are still running around loose; officials and apologists dismiss the obvious threats as just another example of free speech protected by the First Amendment.
On the other hand we have laws, both federal and state, against making death threats. Instead of “cops,” insert into those racist chants and threats the job title of any state and federal official, and see how fast the SWAT teams break through your door to throw your ass in jail.
Quod licet Iovi, non licet bovi.
3. No marriage licenses, for gays or anybody else
This is an issue that I see as related to The Myth of “Free Speech” in America | Just The Facts, Ma’am.
You know the facts. The county clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, will not violate her religion nor her First Amendment right to the free exercise of her religion, and therefore refuses to sign marriage licenses made out to same-sex couples. So the judge tossed her in jail (just like ESPN took Curt Schilling off the air).
And you know the commentary by every “expert” under the sun. Most common is, if she won’t do her job, then she should resign or be fired. I don’t know the relevant laws in Kentucky, nor am I particularly interested in the minutiae, because the greater and fundamental problem is that once again there is a conflict set up between your need to make a living and someone else arbitrarily setting up — or in these two cases, changing on the fly — the condition of your employment.
When the county clerk of Rowan County was elected or appointed to her job, marriage was limited to one man and one woman, as it has been forever. Then a panel of extra-constitutional activists changed that. Likewise, when Curt Schilling took the job with ESPN, it was not politically incorrect to point out the sickening parallels between nazis and islamic fundamentalists.
In the case of the county clerk of Rowan County, pundit after pundit proclaims that the Supreme Court decision is the law of the land, and she should just accept it. I wonder if that’s also what they did or would have told Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1960s, that whatever legal anti-black discrimination still exists, it’s the law of the land, just accept it. Would these wise men of today have dismissed the marches and the Letter from the Birmingham Jail as futile gestures?
Quod licet Iovi, non licet bovi.
Was MLK a “Jove?” Are “Hillary–>”, Lewis Farakhan, the Black Panthers and the “black lies matter” marchers also other “Joves”? And are Curt Schilling and the county clerk of Rowan County “oxen”? Are we? Clearly the same standards are NOT being applied equally, and the lessons taught us about civil disobedience by MLK are clearly being forgotten.
Who but a county clerk is in a better position to take a stand? You know the arguments; there is NOTHING in the Constitution that allows the federal government to dictate to the States on matters that are explicitly NOT assigned to it. That’s why we have Article 1, Section 8, enumerated powers, and that’s why we have the 9th and 10th Amendments. Decisions of the Supreme Court are the law of the land only until they are overturned.
But why should county clerk of Rowan County or anybody else engage in civil disobedience? Because today the federal government is engaged in a war on Christians in particular and religion in general. What else but civil disobedience will change that?
We are not a nation of Joves and oxen.
We are Americans. LET FREEDOM RING:
Quod non licet bovi, NON LICET IOVI.
Quod licet Iovi, licet bovi.