I had planned out a post for today on how incredibly fucked the media has become. But so much more has been going on the past few days, and I cannot figure on how people are not in more of an uproar. I try extremely hard not to stray into the realm of the conspiracy theory. However, I do not think that this is an actual conspiracy. I think this is just the natural progression of erosion the rights and freedoms of the common human citizen in this country we have been steadily experiencing. Call me paranoid if you will, but I do not believe that the government of The United States will be recognizable as an actual democracy anymore in the next few years.
It all started worrying me during the second impeachment of former President Donald Trump. I will not argue or even get into here whether or not he was complicit in the events of January 6th. What I want to discuss is the question the constitutionality of impeaching someone who is no longer in office. What I found incredibly disturbing was that the Senate chose to decide for themselves if the trail following the impeachment was not simply legal, but in fact constitutional. I like to think that I have been pretty well educated in civics. Am I wrong in the impression that it is not the prerogative of the senate to decide constitutionality, a power that is supposed to reside with the third branch of government, the Judiciary?
My next moment of panic came as President Biden began to tackle what he called “The Public Health Crisis of Gun Violence”. At some point I will likely want to discuss the logic of gun control having any effect at all on violence, but for this piece I would like to stick with the constitutional issues involved. I wrote in my last post that I am firmly of the belief that as written The Second Amendment makes all gun control unconstitutional, and how devastating it is and would be if the government continued to show it’s disdain for the constitution by simply bypassing it, rather than following the processes for change laid out but the founding fathers. I knew that those in power would have no hesitation to do as they please. What caught me off guard was how brazen and open they were about it. President Biden, who recently took an oath to protect an uphold the constitution said from The White House on national television that The Bill of Rights was not an absolute.
I will pause here for a moment and allow that to sink in…..
Ok. Now that I went on that tirade I will stipulate that yes we have made exceptions to amendments at certain times, primarily due to public safety. In fact, President Biden himself referred to the often used cliché of yelling fire in a crowded theater. But, I find myself having a tough time reconciling that argument. If you follow the analogy to its logical conclusion, it does not work. The First Amendment protects freedom of expression, where as The Second protects the right to possess weapons. It is already illegal to use either words or weapons to cause someone harm. It is no more legal for me to shoot someone than it would be for me to yell fire in that theater. But we don’t make the word fire illegal, which is what they are attempting to do with firearms. Even that as I have previously stated, if those in power were to go about it the right way rather than giving into political laziness, I may not like it but I would have to respect it.
What I find exceptionally troubling though is the response, or should I say lack of response, from the media. Considering that their very existence is based once again on that First Amendment, I would think that they would have a vested interest in protecting all of the Bill of Rights. If the government can expressly ignore one part of the constitution, they can ignore the rest of it as well. Whether they be from the left or right, every journalist has at some point said something that their political opposition would want to erase, if not erase the particular journalist all together. If they allow the rights, agree with those rights or not, to be stripped from the common citizen, do the media journalistic elites really think that it cannot happen to them as well?
As much as I am personally opposed to gun control, that is not the only thing at issue. The Judicial Branch of the government, another piece those in power find politically inconvenient is under attack. I wrote earlier that the Senate had no issue setting a precedent where they took the power of the Judiciary to decide on the constitutionality of it’s actions. Now President Biden has made an executive order creating a commission to explore “Reforming” the Supreme Court. The first, and most publicly announced reform would be to add more justices to the court, which is an obvious political maneuver. But, what you have to look closer to see is that they also want to create term limits for justices (funny how they do not want to limit congressional terms), and alter the rules for what types of cases the court can choose to hear. How can anyone see this as anything other than power grab away from the Supreme Court.
I’m sure if enough people were to actually read this the argument would be made that I simply do not agree with the policies of the current administration, and I cannot argue that. I do not. But in the end that is not what scares me. What scares me is not only how fast the current government is grasping at power, but how open, brazen, and condescending they appear to be about the process. Not that there hav not been other slimy political personalities, but this is the first time in my lifetime that not even the slightest of pretenses were offered.
So, maybe I’m paranoid. Drop me a line and let me know if you think I am, or if you d not, or if you have anything to add.
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