The Neoconservative Attack on the Bill of Rights

Super Tuesday proved a couple of key things in this GOP election cycle.  The first is that VERY few people are engaged and paying attention to the Republicans, while even fewer are actually participating in the process.  Of the state populations so far only 6.7% of them participated in a GOP caucus or primary.  The second thing Super Tuesday 2012 proved is that of the voters participating many don’t even realize that they are voting back to power the same neoconservative candidates that are attacking our constitution from the right.

The First Amendment – Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

In recent months Congress and the current administration have put forth bills forcing religious institutions to purchase and or pay for contraception methods that are against their faith.  They have also allowed activists to remove the 10 commandments from public display and eliminate prayer in schools.  These are only a few ways the government has “prohibited the free exercise” of religion.

Police pepper spray students at point blank range during the University of California Davis protests.

This January the Congress nearly passed two bills called SOPA and PIPA that would limit the internet and thereby the freedom of speech and the press.  Additionally, many politicians are evasive to the media not answering questions or even allowing access to certain media organizations.  Beyond that most of the mass media is controlled by large corporations supported by advertising dollars and ratings bolstered by problems and war.  Finally, peaceful protests on public property around the country have resulted in police brutality and over-reaching of power (VIDEO LINK).

The Second Amendment – 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.

Often the debate regarding the second amendment is framed as the right to hunt or defend our homes and families against intruders.  Rarely do you hear discussed the true intent of the second amendment, namely the right to protect ourselves from against tyrannical governments to ensure the security of a free State.  The regulations of weapons, all weapons, result in law abiding citizens being handicapped against criminals and more importantly handicapped against an out of control and overreaching oppressive state.

The Fourth Amendment – 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.

The Patriot Act signed into law shortly after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center has redefined the role of the state regarding search and seizure.  Thanks to the Patriot Act, the government no longer has to show evidence of reasonable suspicion to criminal activity, there is no judicial oversight, surveillance can be rooted in a citizen’s “secure” first amendment activities, and individuals do not have to be notified if financial, medical, or other records (held by third parties) are turned over to the government.

The Fifth Amendment – 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 offense 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.

The Sixth Amendment – 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.

President Barak Obama passed the NDAA on December 31st, 2011.  It makes it lawful for the President to detain an individual and keep them in an undisclosed location without charge and for an indefinite time simply by deemed a “terrorist” by the administration.  There is no due process, no trial by jury, and no lawyer, not even a charge.  The President’s jurisprudence is the determining factor in assigning “enemy combatants”.  This directly violates a citizen’s right to due process.  In the role call vote on the NDAA only 6 out of 239 Republicans voted against the bill.  It’s important to note that Democrat support would not have mattered to pass the NDAA through congress.  Only 210 votes were needed and 227 Republican votes were cast in favor of the bill.  In the senate, only 6 Republicans voted against the bill while 40 others voted in favor.  This should be a grave concern for liberty loving citizens.  On this bill shows the pervasiveness of the neo-conservative movement within the Republican Party, and GOP members should be demanding accountability from their congressmen.  While debating this on the floor of Congress, Republican Lindsay Graham said, “When they ask you for a lawyer you tell the to ‘Shut Up… You don’t get a lawyer’”.

In an interview with Book TV Newt Gingrich said, “In war time, Presidents have very wide authority to do what it takes for the country to survive.”  This is an interesting neoconservative perspective.  Does this mean that during the “War on Terror” that presidential authority is expansive?  What about if the “war” is not declared, but a resolution has been passed by congress?  What if the “war” is so broadly defined to include all areas of National Security?  Isn’t this the agenda of the neo-conservatives?  That by implementing perpetual war the neocons can continue the ongoing existence of unconstrained power in the executive branch.  Presidents with the authority to stifle dissenter’s speech, remove their ability to weaponize or defend themselves, imprison them, and deny due and just process under the law all in the name of “National Security”.

Isn’t this the attack of the neo-conservatives like Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and Mitt Romney on the bill of rights?  Isn’t this what the founding fathers warned against?  Isn’t this the very tyranny that instigated the revolutionary war resulting the United States of America?  Isn’t this why the Republicans should be moving towards libertarianism and protecting our civil liberties rather than towards hard-right, big-government, neo-conservatism?

Isn’t this what Ron Paul is fighting against?  Isn’t this what the revolution is all about?  Despite what the media and pundits want to tell you, this Republican primary is far from over.  Nearly 2/3s of the states have not spoken and perhaps more people from those states will engage in the process.

Regardless of what the media tell us, win or lose, the Ron Paul Revolution is not about a man named Ron Paul.  It is about the IDEA of constitutional freedom and the role it plays in the future of the Republican Party and ultimately the United States of America.

The current may be against us… This may be a long shot… It may be a brokered convention with polls continuing to trend in favor of Paul against the stated goal of beating Obama.  However every vote, every delegate, every epiphany in the mind of the public from now until the GOP Convention in August is a vote for constitutional freedom and the American way.

Every vote for Ron Paul is a vote against the neoconservative movement and the redefining of conservatism into corporatism and big-government control.

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About Justin Machacek

Justin Machacek is a four-time Emmy award winning television producer, independent faith-based filmmaker, and promotional creative. He serves as the president of Reel Deal Productions, Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas and as the Senior On Air Producer for one of the largest Christian media networks in the world. Justin has worked closely with many of the most prominent Christian ministries and faith-based media organizations in America, is a devout Christian, and active church attendee. As a long time Republican, Justin became very active in politics in the fall of 2011. His experience since then includes: a position on the National Advisory Board of Evangelicals for Ron Paul, being elected as State Delegate for the Texas GOP State Convention, being elected as an Alternate Delegate to the Republican National Convention, membership to the Republican Liberty Caucus, and recently a board position as Secretary for the Texas state chapter of the RLC. Justin is also active in local politics, Republican clubs, and legislative efforts.
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5 Responses to The Neoconservative Attack on the Bill of Rights

  1. Thanks you so much for this wonderful and truthful article. It was truly eye opening to me. Please ,everyone! Please get involved and vote for Ron Paul (we can just all write him in if he doesn’t get the GOP nomination). If your state hasn’t already had a primary or caucus, please get involved. Also, please consider signing up to become a delegate for Ron Paul. Ron Paul is the only candidate that stands for truth and justice, anda person who doesn’t deviate from the Constitution. If we vote for Mitt Romney or Barack Obama we will just get the “same ol, thing.” Like this article mentions, are rights are being stripped away and most people aren’t even aware of this. Ron Paul is not like the “status quo” politicians who can be ” bought and sold.” This is our chance to get our country headed back in the right direction. Vote for Ron Paul in 2012! God bless!

  2. Tom says:

    The rhetoric and style is different, but the policies of the Neocon and Neoliberal remain precisely the same: udermine the ideas of personal liberty, equality and private property upon which America was created. This ultimately results in the destruction of national identity and sovereignty. And, considering the recent comments of Sec. of Defense, Leon Panetta, who stated the US military would now seek permission from international organizations like the UN and NATO rather than Congress for actions of war, is it any surprise.

    Like the rest of society, the evangelical community has gone along with this gradual shift of power away from the Amrican people to the Government. We have placed loyalty to political party and politicians above our loyalty to the ideas set forth in our Constitution. Men are only to be followed becaues of the ideas they represent. Once loyalty is disconnected from ideas and attached to individuals, those individuals can use peoples’ loyalty to serve their own purposes. This becomes a tragic irony as peoples’ loyalty is used against them by aquiring their consent to enact policies that transfer their wealth and power to the government.

    This is what makes Ron Paul so different from the Establishment’s minion politicians. Ron Paul is ideologically driven, intellectually consistent, and, according to Washington’s most successful lobbyist, can’t be bought. Ron Paul has remained incorruptible in his loyalty to stand for ideas that empower and protect Americans’ wealth and freedoms. Everyone else is a cheap knock off.

  3. Anonymous says:

    All is good but Rons ideas are not so great all in all he is entirely to laid back. Saying that all countries should be able to have there own nucs etc. not for me thanks. Ill take Santoreum

    • Ron Paul has stated that he doesn’t want Iran to have nukes. He has said that Israel should have the sovereign right to take care of Iran (which is what we are trying to prevent right now). Also, Pakistan has nearly 70 nukes… the same country that was aiding and abetting Osama Bin Laden. Why are you so ready to flippantly go to war with a nation that we don’t have PROOF that they have nuclear weapons. I’m not ready to send my son to die in that war. If we (as a nation) are ready… Let’s let the president go to congress and justify the declaration. That hasn’t happened since World War II… Ironically, WWII was that last war we really won. Coincidence?

    • Also, Santorum supports the NDAA and would go to war with Iran right now… With little evidence and little information. Santorum’s record is abysmal… But hey if you’re all for the United Fascist States of America go ahead. He can’t beat Obama anyway so you might as well take Obama for 4 more years.

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