I’m beginning to wonder, has America watched too much Jerry Springer; has it gotten that we can’t do anything without showing our ass to the world? I could go into great detail as to why I say that, but for brevities sake I will focus my attention upon recent events.
I have watched, rotating between perverted amusement and deep despair, the uproar over the Kavanaugh nomination for the Supreme Court. I have seen the victory dance of those on the political right after he was confirmed, and the resulting meltdown of those on the left upon hearing that their efforts to block his nomination had failed. Through it all I have sat back and asked myself WTF has happened to the people of this country?
Those on the political right have steadfastly supported Kavanaugh throughout this entire ordeal. Why? Why simply because he was nominated by their guy…Donald Trump; and if the left gets their feathers in such an uproar over him, he must be a good choice for the SCOTUS.
Is that the best that they can do to justify their support for his serving a life position on a panel of judges that have taken it upon themselves to interpret the Constitution this way or that? Almost 200 years ago Thomas Jefferson warned of the danger of giving that much power to the federal judiciary, “If [as the Federalists say] “the judiciary is the last resort in relation to the other departments of the government,” … , then indeed is our Constitution a complete felo de so. … The Constitution, on this hypothesis, is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary, which they may twist and shape into any form they may please.”
I did not watch any of the hearings on television because I knew the outcome from the moment his name was announced; I knew that he would be confirmed and that the argument over his nomination was just a circus sideshow to reinforce the division between left and right in this country without ever addressing whether Kavanauagh was actually constitutionally qualified to serve on the SCOTUS.
Now when I say constitutionally qualified, I suppose any judge could be considered constitutionally qualified; but what I meant was, would he support and defend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, or would he use the power of the SCOTUS to expand government’s power even more, while trampling even further upon our unalienable rights.
I knew from the get go that this aspect of his qualifications would never see the light of day, for if it had then it could be used by the political right in an effort to block any future nominations for the Supreme Court a Democrat President might make; and they simply couldn’t allow that to happen. So, instead we got a circus sideshow of mudslinging against his character as a man; in short, they found, (or produced) a sex scandal to be used to bring doubt about him as a person; because after all, sex sells in America…doesn’t it?
It did not seem to matter, and this includes both those on the right and the left, that as a judge Kavanaugh handed down a ruling saying that because no charges were ever leveled against a New York citizen while speaking to an Italian bookseller, the fact that the NSA had illegally listened in on his phone conversation was not a violation of the 4th Amendment’s protection of the right to privacy.
It does not seem to matter that the Patriot Act authorizes the FBI to issue its own search warrants, without probable cause, and then upon serving those search warrants demand that the person whose home, bank accounts, medical records, or whatever are being searched not be informed about it. In fact, the FBI could search your bank records without your knowledge, and if the bank were to notify you of it…they could go to jail. This is all part and parcel of the Patriot Act; and who was an essential cog in the creation of this monstrosity of a law that violates the 1st and 4th Amendments…why if it wasn’t a judge named Kavanaugh.
Yet I couldn’t get those who supported Kavanaugh, or those who opposed him to even consider the fact that he was instrumental in putting into effect a law which violates our basic freedoms; all they were concerned with was either the sexual misconduct charges leveled against him, or the fact that he was their man’s choice…their man being Donald Trump; and if Trump nominated him that was good enough for them.
I was told, just last night in fact, that the Patriot Act was passed immediately after the 9/11 attacks, and who didn’t support it? Well I certainly didn’t; for a variety of reasons. One of those reasons was that it was introduced and voted upon without any real effort to determine what it said. From my experience, bills of this nature that are written and passed in haste while sentiments are running high are often the ones we regret the most when time has cooled off our tempers.
Are you aware that Thomas Jefferson also felt that this exact scenario was also an evil to be avoided? In a letter to James Madison, written on December 20, 1787, Jefferson wrote, “The instability of our laws is really an immense evil. I think it would be well to provide in our constitutions that there shall always be a twelve-month between the ingross-ing a bill & passing it: that it should then be offered to it’s passage without changing a word: and that if circum-stances should be thought to require a speedier passage, it should take two thirds of both houses instead of a bare majority.”
What I find amusing is the position taken by those on the right regarding the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh. They held that since he was appointed by Trump, and Trump is a so-called political conservative, that he must be a good choice. This position, in and of itself is flawed because those who call themselves conservatives in this country are anything but conservative.
I don’t know, maybe my idea of conservatism is old fashioned and outdated, but I believe a conservative is one who adheres strictly to the limitations placed upon our government by the Constitution and Bill of Rights. George W. Bush ran as a compassionate conservative, yet he gave us not only the Patriot Act, but he gave us No Child Left Behind; two laws which clearly go beyond the scope of power intended by a strict interpretation, (a conservative interpretation) of the Constitution.
Trump himself called for the execution of Edward Snowden at one time…for what; exposing the extent to which our government was breaking the law by spying upon us? I haven’t heard Trump call for Snowden to be pardoned, nor has he said anything about curtailing the NSA’s mass surveillance of the American people. Yet he is somehow a conservative? By whose definition might I ask?
While I can almost understand the position taken by those on the political right, what frightens me is the reaction of the political left to Kavanaugh’s confirmation, and even the election of Donald Trump for that matter. If they react this strongly against someone who isn’t even conservative, how do you think they would react if a real conservative got into office?
I think there are those behind the scenes who want to see this division grow even wider, and more violent in the confrontations between the two opposing sides. As long as they can control and manipulate the masses; keeping them at each other’s throats, so to speak, then little attention will be focused upon their crimes against the people and the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
I think entire generations have been processed through our educational systems, (indoctrination centers is what I call them), which have produced a population which is incapable of critical thought. Instead of thinking, they have been indoctrinated into allowing their emotions to guide their actions and decisions; that there are only two viable positions to take; either the liberal one or the conservative one…and they get to define the positions both stand for.
No one cares about the truth these days. No one cares about what those who drafted our Constitution or those who argued against its ratification had to say about it. All that matters today is that their side wins and to hell with what a bunch of old dead guys said. After all, most of them owned slaves, so they must be evil…right?
I’m going to end this by posting a graphic and then the comments made by my Facebook friend Danielle Mottale regarding the graphic. I think she nailed it and I agree with her 100%. But I’ll let you decide for yourself; that is if you are still capable of thinking…
It used to be that the majority of people would fall into the 2nd category. It has always, and will always be the case that the 1st class of people is a tiny minority, and that’s ok. What we have now is a vast majority in the 3rd category. Those who refuse to see. It doesn’t matter how much we show them, even with facts and reason, it doesn’t matter even that they suffer the direct consequences of their blindness, it doesn’t matter yet that they subject themselves and their children to unnecessary pain and suffering and sometimes death, STILL, they have been fully conditioned, by various means to remain in that 3rd class. That is why we are finished. ~ Danielle Mottale
If Americans cannot find it within themselves to use that grey matter between their ears then they will continue to make asses of themselves to the rest of the world by fighting and bickering amongst themselves while ignoring the real issue; the fact that our government as an entity is a criminal organization with absolutely no regard for the law that limits its authority.
Until that changes, nothing else will…
October 8, 2018
~ The Author ~
Neal Ross, Student of history, politics, patriot and staunch supporter of the 2nd Amendment. Send all comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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