Sneaky

This, my friends, is how democracies die …

“The Justice Department has quietly [emphasis added] asked Congress for the ability to ask chief judges to detain people indefinitely without trial during emergencies — part of a push for new powers that comes as the coronavirus spreads through the United States.

Documents reviewed by POLITICO detail the department’s requests to lawmakers on a host of topics, including the statute of limitations, asylum and the way court hearings are conducted.

[…]

The move has tapped into a broader fear among civil liberties advocates and Donald Trump’s critics — that the president will use a moment of crisis to push for controversial policy changes. Already, he has cited the pandemic as a reason for heightening border restrictions and restricting asylum claims. He has also pushed for further tax cuts as the economy withers, arguing that it would soften the financial blow to Americans. And even without policy changes, Trump has vast emergency powers that he could legally deploy right now to try and slow the coronavirus outbreak.

The DOJ requests — which are unlikely to make it through a Democratic-led House — span several stages of the legal process, from initial arrest to how cases are processed and investigated.”

You can read the rest of the article here, but let’s talk a bit about what this could mean.

This could mean, if somehow either Congress passed it, or failing that, Trump took his ‘executive power’ to an unprecedented level, that you might be arrested for any or no reason.  Say your state is under a mandated “lock down” (something that is outside of the law to begin with), and you are out for a walk in your neighborhood.  A police car is patrolling the area, sees you, stops and the officer arrests you simply for being outside.  He couldn’t do that under normal circumstances, and if he did, you would be able to appear before a magistrate, explain the situation, and almost certainly be released immediately.  But, if this suspension of constitutional rights were to fly, you could be arrested, tossed in jail, and not go before a judge “until this crisis is over” … possibly months or even as long as a year.

That scenario is frightening enough, but let’s project a bit.  If allowed to suspend constitutional rights, what other areas of our civil liberties might be affected?  The one that worries me the most is the 1st Amendment, our rights to freedom of speech and freedom of the press.  Already, our right to peaceful protest has been suspended by default with the ruling that no more than ten people are allowed to gather in one place.  What next?  Could it become unlawful to … say, speak against our government, to call Trump out on his lies and ignorance?

I don’t know where this will go, and I hope that the Democratic-majority House of Representatives will put a stop to such nonsense, but I do not have a crumb of trust in our government at this time – not Donald Trump, not William Barr and his Department of ‘Justice’, not the Republican-led Senate under Mitch McConnell.  I don’t trust our law enforcement agencies, nor our Departments of Labour, Education, Health and Human Services … none of them.  They are led by people who do not care about the people of this nation but will do almost anything to enhance their own profits and power.  Just something to think about.  Let’s keep our eye on the ball and hope our free press does the same.


And just one little snippet that I found humorous in a macabre sort of way …

“In Rhode Island, among businesses cited for ignoring social-distance warnings was Wonderland, a strip club, where customers were still receiving lap dances last weekend.”

Gotta get your priorities straight, y’know!

25 thoughts on “Sneaky

  1. Y’see this is why my system of government (Don’t argue. We know what’s best) won’t ever work. It’s OK if you have a misanthropic, strick, yet benignly paternalistic, firm but fair sort (like say me for instance) but when you get a complete 50,000 ton ocean going jerk like S.F.B. Trump and his yahoos…. well……

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      • Here’s an apt quote from Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’
        (for ‘Conrade’ replace with ‘Public’. For ‘Dogberry’ replace with…. ‘Trump’ of course)

        CONRADE
        Get away from me, you ass! You ass
        DOGBERRY
        How can you call me that? Don’t you suspect my office? Don’t you suspect my age? Oh, if only the sexton were here to write down that I’m an ass! Gentlemen, remember that I am an ass; even though it’s not written down, don’t forget that I’m an ass

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      • PS:
        I’d give ‘my rule’ one year…tops….
        And then there’s be this pesky lady ‘somewhere’ in the USA named Jill writing the most unkind and quite inaccurate things about me….
        And when my Public Security forces brought it to my attention, I’d just sigh and say…
        ‘Yeah…saw that one coming. Leave that one be officers, leave her be. You do not want to get involved…trust me.’ 😉

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          • Justice must be tempered wit’ moi-see 😏
            Every so often someone in a suit and dark glasses would call at your door and say:
            ‘Aww c’mon Jill. Jeez-Louise! Give the guy a break already. An’t no easy gig being a paternalistic, firm-but- fair, misanthropic, benign, authoritarian ruler….’
            Then flourish…
            ‘By the way, he sends you these 💐 🌷 🌹 🥀 🌺 🌸 🌼 🌻 ‘

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  2. This post is a refreshing read to me. You’re one of the few who is questioning the sudden disappearance of our freedoms. I’m so glad to read this.

    I don’t like this lockdown stuff at all. It’s what authoritarian governments do. I did not expect our country, or any other democracy, to go to the lengths China went to, but now it’s happening, much to my surprise and disgust.
    Many courts have already suspended trials until this crisis is past. So what happens to defendants’ rights to due process? And is the ACLU getting involved in challenging all of this?

    I don’t know how long Americans will tolerate having their constitutional rights ripped away this swiftly and thoroughly. So far I’ve heard very few comments on TV or social media that question the wisdom or validity of the lockdowns, but hopefully more and more people will develop the courage to do so.

    This seems to be a crime of opportunity for Trump, which he may now be availing himself of, through the Justice Department.

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    • It is rare that someone calls my political blogs refreshing! I don’t like the ‘lockdowns’ and think that at best, they reflect poor planning, at worst they are indeed very well planned, but with a different goal than the stated one. I try very hard not to drift into conspiracy theories, but it’s hard these days not to see that Trump & Co are taking advantage of this situation for their own benefit. I am disgusted by the people of this nation who are willing to sit down, shut up, and let Trump have his way without so much as an argument. Reminiscent of 1933 Germany, if you ask me. Sigh.

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      • I don’t like conspiracy theories either. That’s why I call this a crime of opportunity. I think the CDC is doing what they think is best for our health by recommending all this social distancing.

        Some politicians, particularly Trump and maybe even some Democrats, may be taking advantage of our deference to the CDC to strip us of our annoying constitutional rights.

        I don’t see this being done in a conspiratorial way, just yet, but I sense that wheels may be turning in the minds of some power hungry politicians, who would just love to wield more power.

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        • Your last paragraph says it all … I think there are some very power-hungry in this administration, starting with Trump himself, who may see this as an opportunity to expand and cement their power. I read that he was asked if he would take federal bail-out money for his own businesses and he replied his stock answer … “We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.” In my book, he just answered “Yes”.

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  3. the death of democracy in this republic should it occur..we would then have to search our conscious and decide whether or not to rise up again against a corrupt government. I would.

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  4. Disregarding your right to peaceful protest since that has been suspended only as a by product of the coronavirus precautions. That not needing to be taken before the Courts it would be difficult to make a case for anything else under 1st Amendment.
    I’m going to be very careful not to make any comment about keeping priorities or anything else straight at a lap dancing club.
    Cwtch

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  5. Your post is scary because of how it may not be so far fetched! Its also scary because its like you are thinking along the same lines of Tippy! He did a post about how this whole lock down thing could be just the beginning of taking away our freedoms bit by bit.
    So yeah, scary all around, … thanks for the laugh at the end! Oh gosh! 🙂

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    • Not far-fetched at all, my friend. They confine us to our homes, which most states have already done, then they take away our civil liberties … who will fight them? A handful of us likely will, but all for naught, for most will not, will hope for things to get better as people did in 1933, and by the time they figure out they’re not going to get better, it’s too late. Sorry … not a cheery thought for a Sunday, but … it’s where we are.

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