Sometimes, good people do bad things…
But sometimes, desperate times call for desperate measures.
The question we have to ask ourselves in these instances is how far is too far?
Conservatives draw a pretty firm line…
Anything that goes against or takes away the freedoms afforded to us by the US Constitution is pretty much a no-go for us.
No matter how dire things get, the fact remains that the US Constitution doesn’t get scrapped simply because citizens want to feel safe during a crisis.
To be honest…
In all the hubbub about the Wuhan virus—some of which IS warranted—the fact of the matter remains that there is an overwhelming need in the United States to feel “safe.”
However, that feeling of safety—which is really nothing but an illusion, because real safety can never be guaranteed—shouldn’t be the main focus.
Security should NEVER come at the expense of liberty.
NOTHING Comes Above Freedom
While the government is doing the best they can to make Americans feel safe, the best they SHOULD be able to do is to SUGGEST we stay in quarantine.
That feeling of safety should not require that their suggestions turn into demands at the end of a gun.
Just because we’re under an invasion by a foreign disease doesn’t mean that the US Constitution goes on a vacation.
No matter what happens…
The decisions our politicians make should be done with consideration to the freedoms and liberties GUARANTEED to Americans by the Founding Father’s almost perfect document, the Constitution.
But as mentioned earlier…
Desperate times call for desperate measures, and sometimes people make bad decisions based on good intentions…
Which seems to be what Attorney General Bill Barr has just done.
Now, don’t get us wrong: we LOVE Bill Barr and think he’s done an incredible job as the Attorney General of the United States…
But Bill may have just had a misstep.
What’d he do?
Well, it seems that the Department of Justice is using the Wuhan virus outbreak to petition Congress for sweeping emergency powers.
Those sweeping powers include suspending habeas corpus during a state of emergency.
Come On, Bill… You’re Better Than That
Habeas corpus is one of those rights the Constitution promises us—the right to a speedy trial by jury.
If habeas corpus is suspended, then the government could keep an accused criminal in jail indefinitely. They wouldn’t need to be found guilty. Simply being arrested for the crime is sufficient.
This is a BIG no-no for conservatives—which is why they’re speaking out against this move to remove freedoms from the American people.
The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers executive director, Norman L. Reimer, said after reviewing the DOJ request, “You could be arrested and never brought before a judge until they decide that the emergency or the civil disobedience is over. I find it absolutely terrifying. Especially in a time of emergency, we should be very careful about granting new powers to the government.”
Reimer is absolutely right…
This isn’t the time to make hasty decisions for the illusion of safety.
In fact, if anything, things should take MORE time to hash out…
Giving the federal government more power shouldn’t be a solution. They should be given less! We should be granting more authority to state and local governments to do what is best for their respective states.
Now, this shouldn’t change your mind about Bill Barr—he’s a good man and he’s doing a hell of a job as our AG…
But he’s making a mistake here, and hopefully, the feedback he gets will show him the error of his ways.
This request is unconstitutional…
And NOTHING that is threatening the American people should take precedence over that…
“The glory of justice and the majesty of law are created not just by the Constitution – nor by the courts – nor by the officers of the law – nor by the lawyers – but by the men and women who constitute our society – who are the protectors of the law as they are themselves protected by the law.”