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.
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.