And somehow the conversation in this country has eroded to where this is not even part of the conversation, it is completely ignored. There are many many points that we can engage on to argue against the “gun control compromise” that was voted on Wednesday in the US Senate, but it dawned on me that all were trumped by this single point.
This “gun control compromise” erodes the US Constitution on at least these four points (emphasis mine in the below quotes):
- Amendment 2: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
- Amendment 4: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
- Amendment 5: No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
- Amendment 6: In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.
Let’s take a look at the job description of a US Senator:
I will always do something, pass some bill, be bipartisan – in an attempt to show my constituents and donors that I am doing something, or to be liked, or to make sure that I can dupe enough people to get re-elected.
Sorry, I always make that mistake. Here is the US Senator’s Oath of Office:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.
This is a classic “you had one job” blunder. Look above in the Oath of Office – defending the US Constitution is the only job.
By all rights 64 of the Senators in the US Senate should be tossed out on this violation. And especially, 14 of the Republican Senators have once again proven that Republicans are at best marginally preferable to Democrats – A Republican might do the right thing (but cannot be trusted to even honor his/her oath of office), where a Democrat certainly will not do anything healthy for America and Americans.
PS. I called all 14 of the Republican violators of their oath of office* on Wednesday and gave them a LOT of feedback on their vote to advance this trashy excuse for a bill. After calling on 6/13/22 all 10 of the ones who had previously signaled their intent to “compromise” here. Of course, many of the Senators attempted to enforce a “constituent” filter on my feedback with the implication being that I could not give them my opinion if I was not in their district. DO THESE SENATORS REFUSE/REFUND DONATIONS FROM OUTSIDE THEIR DISTRICT? It seems some feedback and political “speech” is more equal than other speech
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