I don’t think it’s going to be tomorrow that something is going to happen, but something will happen. We are a nation of laws, not of men and women.”
Change the time to the 1930s and the location to Chicago, and you might confuse Reid with one of Al Capone's thugs, threatening a business owner who wouldn't comply with Al's "Protection policy".
A nation of laws?
We were ... once. Now the Federal Government feels justified in violating those laws any time it wants, and for any purpose.
The "unalienable" rights listed in the Constitution are now, for the most part, just empty words on old parchment. The Amendments have been carefully turned on their heads to infringe or even forbid what they expressly guarantee!1 Freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition.
Free speech? Only if it is trivial or you are not significant. But NOT if it conflicts with political correctness, or a multitude of infringements imposed by the Feds, who regularly set up "free speech zones" to stifle dissent, as if free speech was a privilege granted only by license from the government, just as it is in Marxist countries. Consider the man who donated to and supported President Obama's election six years ago. Back in 2008 Obama was against gay marriage, and so was this man, who donated $1,000 in 2008 in support of the ballot measure to ban gay marriage. Obama changed his mind. The man didn't. Even more telling is the steps one has to go through in order to survive a "purge" motivated by PC. One Mozilla staff person remarked "was “doing a fair amount of self-reflection and I am wondering how did I miss it that this would matter more when he was the CEO.”" That attitude is described exactly by Wikipedia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-criticism
except that the person doing the self-criticism got ahead of any personal attacks by jumping the gun, so to speak. It is amazing how intolerant those who claim to define "tolerance" can be.
The "free" press has, for the most part, censored itself to conform and stay "on message" with the Federal government. Step outside that boundary and you will find out what James Rosen and the AP learned.2 Right to keep and bear arms in order to maintain a well regulated militia.
That which "shall not be infringed" is the most infringed Right in the Constitution. Constitutional Carry is allowed in only five states. The states with the most restrictive anti-2nd Amendment laws are the states with the highest gun violence. It seems that some politicians cannot figure out that criminals ignore gun laws and carry concealed in all 50 states, regardless of their restrictive or prohibitive laws.3 No quartering of soldiers.
I wonder if members of Pres. Obama's "Civilian Security Defense Force" will be called "soldiers"? If not, then how can the requirement that you room and board them be a violation? Won't happen? What other violations of the Constitution that are now regularly taking place did you once consider impossible? Like the next one...4 Freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures.
In your wildest imagination did you ever think that the Congress, the "representatives" of the people, would allow a 100 mile zone around the borders of our country, and the international airport terminals, where the 4th Amendment was no longer effective? TSA VIPR squads have left the air and bus terminals and are now making unannounced searches and seizures on highways all around America, miles outside the "Constitution Free Zone". Refuse to allow a search without a warrant and you are charged with "obstruction" and a host of other "pile on" charges designed to financially affect you even if you are not intimidated. Well over 1/3rd of all Americans are now without effective 4th Amendment rights. Nearly ALL of the states along both coasts are in that zone. Law officers doing the illegal stops took an oath to "protect and defend the Constituion from all enemies, both foreign and domestic" but it apparently never dawns on them that they themselves have become the "domestic" enemies they swore to fight. One is forced to ask that if they took their oath to defend the Constitution so lightly, what will they do when their commanders order them to shoot on Americans? Perhaps the answer is found in their training, which included using practice targets having the images of pregnant women, the elderly, and even children on them. Desensitizing? Perhaps. Maybe it is a technique to cull those officers who had reservations about using the targets from the ranks. Imagine a desensitized SWAT team coming to your door at 6AM to exercise a bench warrant issued for a misdemeanor.http://www.coachisright.com/deputy-killed-swat-team-breaks-door-serve-knock-warrant/https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/john_whiteheads_commentary/swat_team_mania_the_war_against_the_american_citizen5 Right to due process of law, freedom from self-incrimination, double jeopardy.
Among the travesties of the "PATRIOT" Act are the NSA letters and the "special" courts and judges. Cross examine the witness against you? Sorry, that's a national security secret. See the evidence against you? Sorry, that's a national security secret. Can't tell anyone else, including your own wife or other family members that you've been charged with a crime? Even if you haven't committed a crime you can be sent to jail for years just telling your wife about the accusation. National security. Meanwhile, without any warrants the NSA has spied on EVERYONE
in this country and a lot of the rest of the world. Since they obviously didn't know about the mass meeting of Al Quade in Yemen a few days ago, or didn't care until it became public knowledge, why are they spying on us? Combine the NSA with the SWAT teams being formed by almost every government agency, including the Library of Congress, the EPA, the FDA, etc... and you have the EXACT equivalent of the East German Secret Police:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stasi
Before East Germany collapsed one in six East Germans were spying for the government against their friends and families. Most were forced to do it to avoid torture and imprisonment themselves. Most Americans will behave the same way.6 Rights of accused persons, e.g., right to a speedy and public trial.
NSA cases? Not with secret courts and judges. Trials can now take years. Many times it is the defendant stretching it out. Other times it is the State, hoping that the public will forget about the case, and the proprietorial misconduct that often accompanies politically motivated cases. Prosecutors with personal or political agendas.http://reason.com/blog/2014/04/18/peoria-mayor-calls-out-police-to-track-d8 Freedom from excessive bail, cruel and unusual punishments.
Million dollar bail requirements? Common. Setting in jail several years till a trial takes place because you can't afford bail? Common.
Cruel? Becoming some thugs "bitch" because the corporate owned prisons are not adequately manned and prisons actually run the prisons? No so unusual.9 Other rights of the people.
What other rights? The current attitude and practice today is that the only rights one has are those "allowed" (licensed) by the Federal Government.10 Powers reserved to the states.The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.You read that right, and it is not a misquote.
The ONLY powers the United States (Federal government) can have are those delegated to it by the Constitution! All other rights belong to the States, except those which the Constitution prohibits the States from having. That Amendment has been turned on its head. Under current practice the Federal government has ALL the rights and the States are "allowed" only those rights which the Federal government grants to them.
States are no longer Sovereign, in practice. To take back their Constitutional rights would require a direct confrontation with the military might of the United States. For a State to do that would trigger an armed revolution, which would be quickly exploited by extreme Right and Left wing activists. The Marxist elements within the country, supported by Marxist countries around the world, would quickly come out on top, especially considering how far Left the current Administration is. If an elected official wanted to destroy this county the best course of action would be that which has been taken at every turn by the current administration.