DOJ Launches Attack on the Constitution

DOJ Launches Attack on the Constitution March 22, 2020

This is how our republic dies: Not by foreign invaders creeping onto our shores and over our borders in the dead of night. It doesn’t happen through an election where the other side wins.

No, it happens when those in office no longer fear the will of our citizens. Cultish mindsets and tribal allegiances can allow dangerous autocrats to wreak havoc on the precarious balance of  liberty.

Our freedoms are taken through tiny bites. Rarely does it happen all at once, but with the fear of the coronavirus upon us, we’re now seeing just how far the emissaries of Trump world are willing to go to upend the nation.

On Saturday, Politico reported on an effort by Trump’s Department of Justice – led by his paid dog, Attorney William Barr – to strip away an essential part of our Constitution. Namely, the right to a speedy trial and due process through our laws.

That’s the Sixth Amendment, y’all.

Amendment VI

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.

We’ve already seen a trampling of the First Amendment:

Amendment I

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.

I’ve found the call to shut down all gatherings of 50 people or more particularly odious, as it has cut into my time of fellowship and worship with my church family.

That being said, I understand the concern. I just feel it is a slippery slope on the way to a post-America period, where our rights become shadows and suggestions.

In this new outrage, cloaked in the lie of “public interests,” Barr is asking for the power to detain – INDEFINITELY and WITHOUT TRIAL – people during what is deemed national “emergencies.”

This is William Barr, the man who publicly misrepresented the findings of the Mueller Report, before allowing the people to see what was in it.

Most recently, he’s moved to drop charges against Russians that were indicted for interfering in our nation’s elections.

He’s a man whose only role is to act as a corrupt president’s personal “fixer,” even if it is against our nation’s interests and security.

Do I trust William Barr when he says this latest suggestion is just for emergencies?

I do not.

Neither should anyone else.

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. POLITICO also reviewed and previously reported on documents seeking the authority to extend deadlines on merger reviews and prosecutions.

In one of the documents, the department proposed that Congress grant the attorney general power to ask the chief judge of any district court to pause court proceedings “whenever the district court is fully or partially closed by virtue of any natural disaster, civil disobedience, or other emergency situation.”

The proposal would also grant those top judges broad authority to pause court proceedings during emergencies. It would apply to “any statutes or rules of procedure otherwise affecting pre-arrest, post-arrest, pre-trial, trial, and post-trial procedures in criminal and juvenile proceedings and all civil process and proceedings,” according to draft legislative language the department shared with Congress. In making the case for the change, the DOJ document wrote that individual judges can currently pause proceedings during emergencies, but that their proposal would make sure all judges in any particular district could handle emergencies “in a consistent manner.”

The department also asked Congress to pause the statute of limitations for criminal investigations and civil proceedings during national emergencies, “and for one year following the end of the national emergency,” according to the draft legislative text.

Another controversial request: The department is looking to change the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure in some cases to expand the use of videoconference hearings, and to let some of those hearings happen without defendants’ consent, according to the draft legislative text.

“Video teleconferencing may be used to conduct an appearance under this rule,” read a draft of potential new language for Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 5(f), crossing out the phrase “if the defendant consents.”

“Video teleconferencing may be used to arraign a defendant,” read draft text of rule 10(c), again striking out the phrase “if the defendant consents.”

The department also wants Congress to change the law to explicitly say that people with Covid-19 –– the illness caused by the novel coronavirus –– are not included among those who may apply for asylum. And the department asked for the same change regarding people who are “subject to a presidential proclamation suspending and limiting the entry of aliens into the United States,” according to the draft legislative language.

Are we absorbing all of this?

I’ve long felt that there will be a time of testing for American Christians, based on their lukewarm approach to the Great Commission. The age of Trump has peeled back the thin veil of what has been truth for far too long. Too many American Christians think the government can do their job by legislating morality. They’ve been content to sit back Monday through Saturday, play disciple on Sunday, and otherwise fail to be the hands and feet of Christ outside of the church walls.

Instead of charging into the darkness to win souls to the kingdom, we think if we vote for someone who says the right words, we’ll suddenly end abortion, gay marriage, and every other manner of ungodliness that has gripped our world.

Newsflash: Only changed hearts, redeemed spirits can end those atrocities. Winning souls trumps winning elections, every time.

It’s ironic that China, where this virus that acts as the onus to the stripping away of our liberties began, is the example for what may soon come for the American saints.

China has a thriving Christian community that exists through home churches, since the government will not allow for the free practice of Christian worship. That may be the way we’re heading, given the current climate.

If the government decides that you can be locked away without trial, however, then that is where the real danger for us all – Christian or not – exists.

The bright side is that this is unlikely to make it through Congress. For now, our republic has a bulwark against the un-American impulses of Trump’s lackeys.

I encourage you all to use caution in keeping healthy and safe from this virus, but never grow complacent in holding our elected officials to account. Watch our government and defend our liberties from the homegrown threats that exist within both major parties.

 


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  • Cousin_Ken

    Yay! Justin Amash is still a bright rising star. Thank you Rep. Amash.

  • Jonathan G. Pugh

    Correct again, Susan. For a wannabe dictator like Trump, coronavirus is a dream come true. People need to protect their Constitutional Liberties now, more than ever. As for myself, Susan, I am feeling the “late hour” of the biblical “day”. I truly believe that we are in the biblical End Times and we are 7-20 years away from Jesus’s return. This depends on whether the biblical “generation” clock begins in 1967, with the retaking of East Jerusalem, or in 1970, with the passage, by the Israeli Knesset, of the Jerusalem Act. It also depends on whether the biblical “generation” is sixty years or seventy years. I have to say that I’m feeling the call to turn my eyes away from the things of this world and turn back to Christ and his will. I’m truly feeling the late hour as this world darkens and Christians embrace a vile, would-be dictator like Donald Trump.

  • Jonathan G. Pugh

    I so hope that Justin Amash runs for President, Ken. As a Never Trump Conservative, I can’t vote for Donald Trump, but I can’t vote for Joe Biden, either. I would vote for Justin Amash in a heartbeat.

  • Cousin_Ken

    I’ve been looking for good words from the Libertarian Party about lifting up Justin Amash. Not finding much, there was a bright spot where Mr. Amash warned about Squishy Republicans like Gary Johnson…heh

    For comfort, I fall back to giving thanks along with a good friend, that we cannot “be locally distant from Him who is everywhere.”

    loyaltoliberty.com/thank-god-for-americas-special-calling/

  • Cousin_Ken

    About that POTUS apprentise’s ‘dream come true’: that wannabe despot spreads fear. If we remain ‘the free and the brave’, he will become an un holy ghost.

  • RebeccaSusanWright

    So would i.

  • JASmius

    I’m going to do that regardless, whether Amash is on the ballot or as a write-in.

  • JASmius

    Just this morning Joe Scarborough was urging Trump to shut down the country for two weeks as a last ditch effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. The first thought that entered my fertile brain was, “What makes you think he’d start it back up again?” At least not on his dictated terms. Never has the Uhura Corollary been more relevant: “Be careful what you wish for – you may get it.” Ditto that late scene in Star Wars III: Revenge Of The Sith…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgxZr6LLS34

  • Michael Weyer

    Actually hearing buzz it’s the opposite as Trump wants to override governors on restrictions to force businesses to open so economy recovers.

    And sadly, I can totally see scores of folks thinking “well, if a resturant staff all check out and they limit folks inside with gloves, it’s fine” and ignore common sense and scientists.

  • chemical

    Funny thing about the economy: It doesn’t matter if businesses are open or not when everyone is dead from Covid-19. This isn’t a choice between the economy and people’s lives: Dead people don’t work and they don’t buy anything, either. Because of this, I think it would be best for both the economy and the general health of the nation to actually shut the country down. If the government responded to this crisis competently, I think the markets would rebound when the plague passes.

    Although Trump doesn’t want the economy shut down, because that cuts in to his Mar-a-Lago profits and kickback schemes.

  • Cousin_Ken

    Better to wish God’s will be done. In Never Obama days too much money was spent on a billboard saying, “Produce The Birth Certificate”. That taught a lesson Joe Scarborough needs. When making wishes leave the details to Father. Duh! A manufactured B.C. was not the intention:(

  • Cousin_Ken

    I agree, when the plague (read Trump) passes, all will rebound.

  • Michael Weyer

    Out of masochism, I found myself on Red State which is praising “Trump’s cool resolve and leadership proving he’s come into his own as President.’

    Yep, that place is Breitbart 2.0 and disgusting how his cult spins this as “imagine how worse it would have been” ignoring the months of his saying it was a hoax.

    Also them boasting on that poll of “60 percent approve of Trump’s handling.” Ignoring how most folks tend to ignore Gallup polls. Also the amusement on how when a poll is against Trump it’s “biased and skewered” but when it’s for him, it’s suddenly gospel.

  • Cousin_Ken

    Outsiders to his cult, and now RedState, can clearly see his “cool resolve” is disregard for life other than Trump. No art of love in the deal!
    God is love.No Other is God.

  • RebeccaSusanWright

    Here’s an insider tip: After the purge of sanity from RS, it was put in the hands of a true Trump sycophant. He would go to the diarists’ page, where random readers were free to opine [writing skills not necessarily required] and basically informed them that the most worshipful and Trump loyal would be promoted to the top and given positions as “writers.” That was the requirement – not that they could write, but that they showed the proper amount of mindless, drooling fealty to Trump. Hence, your current RS lineup. A few stragglers with actual skill are left, but the majority of them owe their positions to how dutifully they rolled over to become OrangeState cheerleaders.

  • Cousin_Ken

    Good News Michael, Our founding documents and Patheos Red are free of the Orange virus, Today.
    And More News on Sunday, March 29, England was Rededicated as ‘Our Lady’s Dowry’
    https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/walsingham-rededication-reverses-protestant-demotion-of-our-lady

    OT Good Music, in Happy Tight New York Crowd:)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztcoi88M3BU