The Church of Woke

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All of us need to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are uniquely made, that we are here on this earth for a purpose, and that our lives have transcendent meaning.

If these innate characteristics go unfulfilled, or if life’s trials simply wear us down, our hearts become hardened and our spirits flaccid.

Wittingly or unwittingly, we find ourselves on a quest for the seemingly elusive someone or something that has placed these components deep within us.

We instinctively know that whoever or whatever is the originator of these inner sensibilities is greater than ourselves.

What we are not always cognizant of, though, is the fact that also built into us is the need to bow down to a power that is greater than ourselves.

And bow down we all do.

Like it or not, we all serve somebody. So who do you serve?

Some of us have the peace of always having had the answer to that question. Others have drifted in and out of certainty. And then there are those who don’t think that any of the things described above pertain to them.

But of course they do, as hopefully they will someday be able to recognize in themselves.

At the present time, a newfound spiritual group has assembled together. Members of the group have populated the social media with a creed of sorts, establishing a religion that could aptly be called “The Church of Woke.”

The fledgling church exhibits attributes of religious institutions that have come before it. However, its belief system is antithetical to the time-honored faiths of our country and of the world.

Members of The Church of Woke claim to seek a world in which no inequality exists and everything is paid for without anyone ever having to work. Rather than comparing our nation to other countries, they compare it to the utopia that their religion claims to offer.

The Church of Woke is dead set on disparaging, demeaning, and destroying all things related to traditional religious institutions. It adamantly rejects what it views as archaic absolute standards. Above all else it embraces moral relativism, which has no philosophical leg to stand on. No reasoning allowed, just sheer emotion. According to The Church of Woke, the only way forward is to tear down everything.

Adherents harbor a fierce hatred for America. This is because the notion that our country is the repository of evil has been drilled into their heads. The whole Western World is viewed as having a sinister history, ideology, and political bent. Wrongs are categorized as “systemic” and are therefore incapable of ever being corrected.

The Church of Woke is enlisting new members every day and converting them to the “correct” way of thinking. Services have taken the form of street protests, and prayers, the endlessly repeated worn-out chants of radicals past.

Followers of The Church of Woke consider themselves to be today’s chosen people. No way do they have to follow traditional rules of law. They are completely free to express any degree of hostility toward anyone they wish. They are also allowed to punish anyone who fails to bow to them.

Yes, we all serve somebody. And the reality is, the choice of whom we serve has clearly become a binary one.

The Roots of the Riots

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A peculiar phrase recently became a trending topic on Twitter. Its words read as follows: “Attack and Dethrone God.”

These same words were displayed on a graphic during a segment that had previously aired on Fox News Channel’s “The Ingraham Angle.”

Language contained in the graphic was intended to be a backdrop for a guest of host Laura Ingraham named Terrie Turchie, a former deputy assistant director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division.

Turchie was discussing ideas that had once been fostered by a violence-based group from our nation’s past, the Weather Underground.

In his appearance, Turchie drew parallels between the recent rioting and mayhem that plagued urban areas across America and the insidious activities in which the notorious 1960s group had engaged.

As Turchie noted, in the wake of its efforts the Weather Underground had left an intriguing package behind, which took the form of a book-length manifesto.

If all went according to a warped wish list, the manifesto would be adopted as a blueprint for future like-minded radicals to use. Its title, “Prairie Fire.”

“They had a major goal, and that goal was to form a communist revolution,” Turchie stated.

Authors of “Prairie Fire,” which include the familiar subversive names of Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, referenced the goal of bringing down the United States government.

“We are a guerrilla organization,” the authors wrote. “We are communist women and men.”

As the Fox guest distilled six strategies that the Weather Underground had laid out in its manifesto, a graphic appeared on the screen with the following objectives listed:

–Destroy Capitalism

–The Weapon of Choice – Systemic Racism and Police Racism

–Identify the Victim Classes

–Organize the Victim Classes

–Engage in International Solidarity with the Global Movement

–Attack and Dethrone God.

The resemblance to the rhetoric used by today’s activist organizations and their allies is, to say the least, highly disturbing.

Back in the day, the Weather Underground used a benign-sounding term to summarize its approach. It turns out to be the same not so benign-sounding term now that leftist activists have been using since President Donald Trump was elected—resistance.

Following Turchie’s appearance, trolls on Twitter took to the internet speedway. The many salient points that Ingraham and Turchie had made were ignored altogether. However, the last phrase that Turchie cited would trigger the dropping of an anvil of snarky social media hate. It dared to mention the Creator of the Universe.

Some in the antagonistic media slid down the Alice in Wonderland rabbit hole of fact checking, going on to dismiss the anti-religion phrase and muttering about how the words on the graphic were not actually in the Weather Underground document, at least not those identical words.

For those who are still able to peer into the non-flipped side of the looking glass, the similarities between the Weather Underground and the Antifa movement are striking. This was observed by heralded scholar of the left Noam Chomsky, who happens to be one of the few “progressive” voices who has warned about Antifa.

Back in 2017, Chomsky described Antifa to the Washington Examiner as “a minuscule fringe of the Left, just as its predecessors were.” He also described the group as “a major gift to the Right.”

Chomsky additionally said, “What they do is often wrong in principle…and is generally self-destructive.”

“There’s some limited similarity to the Weather Underground,” Chomsky noted, pointing out that the historical context was different and implying that Antifa was more prone to harming people than the “Weathermen,” who committed their acts “almost always against property, in intent at least.”

There are other things about the two groups that appear to be markedly similar. Both seem to view themselves as possessing the purity of true communist revolutionary beliefs. Both advocate violence, particularly against law enforcement. And both embrace a communist worldview, which requires a fundamental presupposition of a materialistic conception of history, making religion antithetical to communist thought.

Marxist theorist Leon Trotsky wrote, “Religiousness is irreconcilable with the Marxian standpoint.”

Communist co-creator Vladimir Lenin similarly cited atheism as “an inseparable element of the materialist view of life…a necessary condition for the theoretical education of the revolutionist.”

Founder of communism Karl Marx infamously dismissed religion as “the opium of the people” and argued that religion prevents a better communist existence from becoming reality.

The attempt to Dethrone God has been part and parcel of communism from its inception. Atrocities that have been committed against religious people and institutions reflect the hatred for all things relating to the Almighty.

But thankfully, people who have the gift of knowledge that flows from the Spirit know the truth.

No one can ever take the throne from the King of the World.

Woodstock: From Liberty to Lockdown

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Said, I’m going down to Yasgur’s Farm, Gonna join in a rock and roll band, Got to get back to the land and set my soul free…”

The year was 1969. A music festival would set up shop on a rural farm in Bethel, New York. The event would become legendary in stature. But it would also become a signpost of a dramatic change that was about to occur in the American culture, and the displacement of a worldview that had been the foundation of our society for centuries.

The festival would ultimately draw a crowd of more than 400,000 people. The music would play for three days amid births, deaths, and some undesirable elements of nature. Miraculously, peace would hold and love would prevail, despite the numbers that gathered.

The lyrics cited above and below are from a tune written by Joni Mitchell and recorded by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The song generated a solid hit for both the songwriter and the group. Predictably, an anthem was born for part of a generation that would fall in love with leftist ideology.

These would be the folks who would grow up thinking that they were thoroughly “progressive-minded.” They would have families of their own, but they would raise their children much differently than parents of past generations had, both in manner and substance.

They would also take over the reins of power in all of the institutions that make up the pillars of a once-envied society—educational, political, medical, legal, and religious.

And maybe it’s the time of year, Yes and maybe it’s the time of man, And I don’t know who I am, But life is for learning…”

A gigantic experiment was taking place without much of society’s knowledge or willingness. The counterculture of the 1960s was rebellious in nature, longing to be supposedly unshackled from traditional modes of authority, while still seeking an ideal new interpretation of “The American Dream.”

Something went terribly wrong, though.

It seems as if it would take an eternity to try and figure out what has actually occurred over these past decades as the result of an aggressive segment bulldozing an unassuming one. Time is a luxury we can ill afford, so for now the puzzle pieces will have to remain scattered.

An article dealing with Woodstock recently triggered a number of media outlets. The article about the iconic rock festival, titled “Woodstock occurred in the middle of a pandemic,” was published by the American Institute for Economic Research and written by Jeffrey Tucker.

As the article’s title indicates, the gist is that a very well attended, seminal rock festival took place smack in the middle of the 1968-69 Hong Kong flu pandemic.

According to the CDC, the Hong Kong flu was estimated to have caused 1 million deaths globally and 100,000 in the United States. Symptoms included coughing, fever, and shortness of breath. Most of the victims of the illness were over 65 years of age and had additional underlying medical conditions.

The government monitored the outbreak. People washed their hands and sought medical attention if they were ill. There were no masks, no lockdowns, no stay-at-home orders, and no prisoners released from jail. The press for the most part ignored the whole thing.

As for social distancing, Tucker wrote that the entire notion of using social distancing and public lockdowns is a relatively new one. The first time it came up was in a 2006 study by scientist Robert J. Glass, who got the idea from his teenage daughter’s science project. Two doctors who were working in the Bush administration suggested that government-enforced social distancing should be used in the next pandemic.

Tucker’s Woodstock article was not received well by the dominant media, likely because its content is at odds with the narrative that is being spun by a majority of the elite.

Reuters news service, which had initially classified Tucker’s article as True, apparently felt the need to fact-check itself. The news service downgraded its rating to Partially True and then downgraded its designation a third time to Misleading.

Reuters claimed that the pandemic came in two waves, and Woodstock took place in between the two waves, so therefore the rock festival did not take place “during” the pandemic.

Interestingly, Woodstock’s organizer Michael Lang was aware of the danger of the pandemic. He was quoted in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in August of 1969, specifically stating that a medical team was brought into the festival in the event an outbreak occurred. This came to light thanks to economic and political historian Phil Magness’s Twitter account.

Magness also revealed that the Altamont Speedway festival, or as it was known at the time, the “Woodstock of the West,” was held in December 1969, almost exactly when the second wave of the Hong Kong flu outbreak was peaking.

It is literally shocking that leftists of today who espouse the philosophical worldview of the 1960s are the same individuals who are now utilizing authoritarian tactics to strip away freedoms and stifle expression.

Ironically, they have become everything they never wanted to be.

We are stardust, we are golden, We are caught in the devil’s bargain, And we got to get ourselves back to the garden…”

Time to Reopen Main Street USA

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Main Street USA is the heart of America.

From big cities to small towns, Main Street USA tells the story of where we came from, where we are going, and who we will always be—holders of the dream.

When the pandemic hit and Main Street USA shut down, our shared heart sank. Shaken yet ever sanguine, we gently sighed, looked to the ones we love, and vowed to carry on.

As Main Street USA boarded up, holders of the dream went to work in their kitchen-schoolrooms, walk-in closet offices, and backyard workshops. For many, the work seemed harder than ever and the reward more distant. But as voices of loved ones long ago reminded us, patience will prevail and morning will come. Holders of the dream tightened their grasp.

Small business is merely an academic word for Main Street USA.

So who is small business?

Just take a moment and think back to all the small business folks you have relied on over the years to help fill the gaps in the average everyday needs of life:

-the sitter who took care of you when mom fell ill

-the music teacher who lit the spark

-the roofer who kept the house dry in the storm

-the appliance repair tech who in mid-July raced to fix the freezer

-the veterinarian who lit candles, played sweet music, and helped you say good-by

-the local pharmacist who gave an inexperienced youth a job as a delivery boy

-the jeweler who readied your bride-to-be’s engagement ring

-the tailor who altered the suit from Goodwill that helped you nail the interview

-the furniture store owner who rushed to make the loveseat for mom and dad’s first visit

-the auto mechanic who traded the car you pushed into his shop for one he had already restored

-the florist who brought the flower-filled beach chair to your best friend’s memorial six states away

-the baker who designed the Princess Warrior cake for a friend who had beaten cancer

Holders of the dream have millions of stories such as these to share. So tragic that many of our leaders don’t care to listen.

The truth is the largest and most successful companies in America started out as small businesses. It wasn’t always this way, but as the Democratic Party moved further and further to the left, the notion that there is intrinsic value in saving Main Street USA was tossed to the wayside.

Now Democrats and their fierce allies in the media are resisting reopening and advocating for the continuation of the lockdown of Main Street USA.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., recently spoke to the Democratic Socialists of America about opposing the reopening of the country.

“When we talk about this idea of reopening society, you know, only in America does the president — when the president tweets about liberation — does he mean go back to work. When we have this discussion about going back or reopening, I think a lot people should just say ‘no’ — we’re not going back to that,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

The freshman representative also laid the groundwork for a future general strike.

“The majority of Americans don’t know what a general strike is and so our responsibility is to talk about it, expand consciousness about it, and to actually create the conditions in which working people can generate and really exercise their own power, the power that they already have,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

Retail shops, restaurants, and other local concerns in every community across our land have been hit harder than anyone could have imagined. If the shutdown continues much longer, most of the small businesses in our country will simply be wiped out.

Add to this the tens of millions of independent contractors, freelancers, and self-employed individuals, and it becomes apparent that there is a huge number of working folks that are on their last leg.

The manner in which the Democrats and their willing media accomplices are misleading people is cruel and contemptible. They continue to heighten anxieties over the possibility of more COVID-19 deaths, while simultaneously characterizing the reopening of “non-essential” businesses as a reckless choice of money over lives.

What holders of the dream keep tightly in their grasp isn’t about money. It’s about worth.

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Hope for a Coronavirus Cure

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In what seems like a split second, life has become very different from what it once was for America and the world.

Despite the surreal changes that COVID-19 has thrust upon us, all that we really need now is a hope that towers over fear.

This type of hope just may have arrived in the form of a medication that actor-producer Daniel Dae Kim describes as the “secret weapon” that helped him recover from the coronavirus.

Best known for his roles in “Lost” and “Hawaii Five-0,” Kim is also currently producing the television series “The Good Doctor.”

During the recent treatment of his coronavirus condition, Kim’s own good doctor prescribed him a “drug cocktail” that consisted of the antiviral medicine TamiFlu, a bacterial antibiotic Azithromycin, a lung disease inhaler treatment Glycopyrrolate, and the antimalarial drug Hydroxychloroquine.

Taking to his Instagram account, Kim revealed that he did not require any hospitalization and now feels “back to normal.”

He is presently displaying “no symptoms” other than a bit of congestion and is crediting the drug Hydroxychloroquine as the stealth remedy that placed him on the path to recovery.

“I am happy to report that my progress has continued and I practically feel back to normal. I am lucky enough to be in the 80% of diagnosed cases that have not required hospitalization,” Kim said in his Instagram video.

He also pointed out that Hydroxychloroquine was used with “great success in Korea in their fight against the coronavirus.”

President Donald Trump made mention of the drug during a recent White House press conference.

“This would be a gift from heaven,” the president said. “This would be a gift from God if it works. We are going to pray to God that it does work.”

Following the press conference, NBC News reporter Peter Alexander lodged an accusation against the president, stating that he was giving people a “false sense of hope.” Numerous media outlets repeated the outrageous line.

The truth is Hydroxychloroquine has been used for many decades to treat malaria and is already approved by the FDA for this purpose.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, also invoked the virtue of hope at the daily White House press briefing.

“The president is talking about hope for people and it’s not an unreasonable thing to hope for people,” Dr. Fauci said.

Kim was of the belief that the evidence for the drug’s effectiveness was anecdotal. He wrapped up his Instagram footage with the statement, “Well, add my name to those personal accounts because I am feeling better.”

It is important to note that there is much more than mere anecdotal evidence for the antimalarial drug’s use on COVID-19. A study was conducted in Marseilles, France, which found that 70 percent of coronavirus patients treated with Hydroxychloroquine and the antibiotic Azithromycin tested negative for the virus by the sixth day of treatment.

Critics point out that the study was small in scope, consisting of 20 treated patients. However, a rate of 14 out of 20 cures should not be cast aside as insignificant.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is not accepting the “false hope” rhetoric. New York will begin implementing trials with the drug and has acquired 70,000 Hydroxychloroquine, 10,000 Zithromax (a.k.a., Azithromycin), and 750,000 Chloroquine from the Federal Government, with the trials to commence on Tuesday.

Pharmaceutical company Mylan is not accepting the “false hope” label either. The manufacturer’s plant, located in Morgantown, West Virginia, is set to immediately restart production of Hydroxychloroquine.

The Israeli generic drug company Teva sees hope in Hydroxychloroquine and is stepping up the production of the antimalarial drug.

Also added to the hopeful list is the country of Australia. A group of patients has been successfully treated in a trial using a combination of the anti-HIV medication Kaletra (a.k.a., Lopinavir or Ritonavir) and Hydroxychloroquine. All patients experienced a complete recovery. Consequently, the Aussies have decided to distribute these drugs to coronavirus patients in 50 hospitals nationwide.

While it is true that we currently do not have an effective treatment available to combat the new strain of the virus, Hydroxychloroquine, when used in combination with either the antibiotic or the HIV medication, is proving to be effective and needs to be made available as a treatment option in the U.S. as soon as possible.

Thanking God for the researchers who are tirelessly working to find a cure and for a president who for over three years has epitomized the hope that towers over fear.

President Trump Shows Real Leadership in Coronavirus Response

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President Donald Trump’s rough and tumble experience in the business world of Manhattan’s real estate market came into full view in the recent launch of a series of federal actions to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Shortly after the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus to be a global pandemic, President Trump began a threefold engagement in the battle against the outbreak. He unveiled an innovative plan that brought in the private sector in the form of some of the nation’s largest companies to work alongside government to get our country back on a healthy footing.

To allow for the speedy production of coronavirus tests, the Trump administration cut out the red tape and enlisted companies with private labs to effectuate the tests.

Also brought in were leaders of some of the country’s most significant enterprises in order to initiate a public-private plan that could address the nation’s concerns and mitigate the mainstream media-prompted anxiety that had heightened over the virus.

President Trump and his staffers engaged in a series of meetings with business leaders from various relevant industries. Multiple agreements with major firms were successfully negotiated in order to provide, among other crucial protocol, coronavirus testing for Americans.

As a beneficial result of negotiated deals, Target and Walmart will be contributing parking lot space for drive-through testing facilities. Google, via a subsidiary, will work on the construction of a website, which will enable individuals to determine whether a test is needed, and if so, directions to the nearest testing location will be provided.

Other companies joining in with the pro-active efforts include Swiss drugmaker Roche, which received a fast track FDA approval to produce a new coronavirus test. Thermo Fisher will also provide tests. LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics offered their labs for testing purposes. And LHC Group, a company that provides home health services, will provide testing to the homebound.

The facilitation of government working together in conjunction with private enterprise is President Trump’s forte. Reassuring for the nation is the fact that the partnership concept has a demonstrated track record. In times of war, private industry proved to be indispensable in helping to defend the country. No doubt the business sector will once again play a vital role.

President Trump’s acumen in the art of the deal has additionally come to the fore as he has overseen negotiations for a compromise bill, legislation that was passed by the House and is likely to be expeditiously passed by the Senate and signed into law.

The legislation adds significant power to the nation’s efforts to fight the coronavirus as well as provide additional protections with regard to the economy. Paid sick leave, no-cost coronavirus testing, enhanced unemployment insurance, and the provision of additional Medicaid payments in the event of a rise in hospital patients are part of a comprehensive plan.

Passage of the bill in the House came to fruition only after marathon negotiating sessions had materialized. The White House and the GOP were attentive to the necessity of maintaining a cooperative attitude so that a swift agreement could be reached. For example, the inclusion of paid sick leave was secured via the negotiated item of granting employers offsetting tax credits in order to ease the burdens of small business owners.

“People really pulled together. Nice to see!” President Trump tweeted.

It appears likely that the Senate will soon pass the bill.

Excluded from the measure is President Trump’s desired provision of granting a payroll tax cut for working people. The White House and Republican leadership have likely deferred the payroll tax cut for an inevitable future bill.

The third prong of the administration’s strategy involves an additional $50 billion to be made available via President Trump’s State of Emergency declaration.

All in all, the president’s expert leadership should allow the country to recover in the most salutary of ways as together we shake off negativity and live in the light.

No Equal Justice, No Freedom

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Those who administer criminal justice in our country have historically sought to be consistent with the fundamental American tenet that all are “created equal.”

In recent times, though, criminal laws have been applied by powerful institutions in a manner that is dramatically unbalanced, and the contrast has been jarring.

Former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone was taken into custody in a mode that has traditionally been reserved for the most dangerous criminals. Twenty-nine heavily armed agents, 17 vehicles, a helicopter, and two amphibious units were deployed to carry out a pre-dawn raid on a 67 year-old man with no prior criminal record. By the way, CNN had been tipped off, and the tactical team showed up only after cameras were in place.

Stone was aggressively prosecuted for process crimes that had arisen during the investigation. Contrast this with the case of fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who lied under oath while in his official capacity. McCabe was neither arrested nor prosecuted. Instead he was allowed to cash in on his name recognition as a CNN contributor.

It has become crystal clear to anyone who has observed these cases, as well as other high-profile prosecutions or lack thereof, that the criminal justice system has not been equally applied.

Most Americans sense that fairness requires, even demands, a single justice system be firmly in place, as opposed to a multi-tiered one. Denying the constitutional mandate for the “equal protection of the laws” is dangerous to the freedom that our nation treasures.

The guardrail, which stands between our freedom and tyrannical rule, is much thinner than we think. If lack of equality in the administration of criminal law by a government is left unchecked, what will stop that government from engaging in more serious abuses of the legal process?

The use of the criminal justice system as a means of eliminating political opposition is a practice that has been consistently used by totalitarian regimes, and those governments that are on the road to totalitarianism.

The way fully developed unequal justice would manifest itself in a tyrannical regime is via a public trial in which the guilt of the accused is pre-determined by the judicial authorities before the process ever begins, a.k.a., a “show trial.”

By holding a counterfeit trial, an undemocratic government is able to eliminate foes and, at the same time, warn others as to the consequences of dissent or opposition. The misuse of criminal law and procedure is, in fact, the ultimate propaganda.

The world is full of examples of this malevolent misuse of judicial institutions. In Soviet Russia, criminal trials were meticulously staged. If the accused did not admit guilt for fabricated crimes, he or she was deemed to be “uncooperative” and would oftentimes be summarily executed without a public show trial.

In the early 1920s, fake criminal proceedings known as “model trials” were used by communist oppressors to make an example of individuals both in Russia and the Ukraine.

In the 1930s, the cold-blooded dictator Joseph Stalin used faux criminal justice to suppress any possible criticism, opposition, or dissent via the Moscow Trials of the Great Purge. The discredited New York Times reporter Walter Duranty claimed at the time that these due process-free trials were actually fair.

During the 1950s, after the communists took control of China, the Communist Party under Mao Zedong charged thousands of people with crimes and, after show trials, many ended with a death sentence.

In 1989 the memorable Tiananmen Square student-led protests took place. The demonstrations were indelibly stamped in the minds of Americans when video footage and photographs emerged of a lone man standing in front of a column of tanks. Show trials were given to many of the protestors who were arrested and charged as communist-termed “rioters and counter-revolutionaries.”

Between 1933 and 1945, the Nazi government established a large number of “special courts” that used made-up crimes to wage pre-determined prosecutions on individuals who were perceived as hostile to the regime. Thousands of German lives were taken on the orders of the “special courts.”

These examples compel us to pursue the ideals that are reflected in our founding documents and legal traditions.

A phrase that sums up the legal foundation of fairness is engraved on the front of the United States Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. It reads “EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW.”

These words re-phrase the Court’s unanimous decision applying the Fourteenth Amendment, when then-Chief Justice Melville Fuller wrote that “…no State can deprive particular persons or classes of persons of equal and impartial justice under the law.”