799 years ago today...

Ted Cruz

799 years ago today a band of English barons forced the despotic King John to grant rights to “all the freeman in our kingdom” in a document that became a catalyst for freedom for millions of people around the world.

Magna Carta, as it is known, represented a revolution in governance. Its basic premise—that those in power must obey the law—is the foundation for constitutional liberty. Magna Carta said that a King is subject to the law, that he must abide by the law, that he cannot arbitrarily change the law by his own will, and that he is required to faithfully execute the law.

This hundreds of years old pact between England’s rulers and subjects is particularly meaningful now, as an increasingly imperial President has threatened our own freedoms. For even though America’s most powerful documents–the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights–have direct lineage to Magna Carta many of our nation’s leaders no longer seem to respect it.

Today, let us pledge to support leaders who will revere these extraordinary documents and once again honor the rule of law. It the difference between the success of nations and the fall of nations. History shows us that whenever animating principles of Magna Carta are celebrated freedom thrives; whenever they are disregarded tyranny rises.

Today, on the 799th anniversary of Magna Carta, let us raise up our voices to demand our leaders fulfill the promise Magna Carta made so long ago.



From Wikipedia: “Magna Carta (British Library Cotton MS Augustus II.106) Original authors were the barons and King John of England. Uploaded by Earthsound. – This file has been provided by the British Library from its digital collections…”




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