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Reprieve

by Sweet Punch

Classical/theatrical piece mirroring the political and social climate during the controversial declaration of war in 2003 with Iraq .
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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After Sept. 11th, 2001, our country went into a whirlwind of change. In desperation, a majority of the people of the United States put our fate completely into the hands of the presidential administration; giving them the power to make decisions without consent of our checks and balances system. Americans did this out of fear and anger because they believed that the vote was unanimous on what had to be done and why.

By the time it came to acting on decisions, the Bush administration had more powers over government than even the War Powers Act has allowed.

In doing research for this song, I came across a Supreme Court ruling written by Justice Robert Jackson in 1943 [West Virginia State Board of Education V. Barnette] out of “A Patriot’s Handbook” by Caroline Kennedy. It was an awesome opinion and blew me away. It was proof in writing right in front of me that history repeats itself; that people with very specific agendas who reach powerful seats, no matter how free a land in politics, will still work to gain complete control in philosophy and eventually law and use fear and anger to manipulate for the advantage. I recommend to everyone who listens to this song to read this ruling in its entirety. You will be floored. I promise.

Here is a small sample of an excerpt from Justice Jackson’s opinion…

“Government of limited power need not be anemic government. Assurance that rights are secure tends to diminish fear and jealousy of strong government, and by making us feel safe to live under it makes for its better support. Without promise of a limiting Bill of Rights it is doubtful if our Constitution could have mustered enough strength to enable its ratification. To enforce those rights today is not to choose weak government over strong government. It is only to adhere as a means of strength to individual freedom of mind in preference to officially disciplined uniformity for which history indicates a disappointing and disastrous end…”

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