You know, I just had an astounding and depressing exchange with a knee-jerk Democrat friend, who reacted to my Facebook post pointing out that CNN’s fake legal expert Ashleigh Banfield—who hosts a show called “Legal Views” and not only isn’t a lawyer, but can barely spell “Constitution”—displayed her rank ignorance once again by expressing amazement that anyone could possibly object to a law banning those placed without due process on a secret list, based on mere suspicion, from buying a gun. It’s called the Fifth Amendment, Ashleigh, you smug incompetent fool–read it. My friend’s response to this utterly factual post was the non sequitur that SCOTUS refused to review a lower court decision upholding a Connecticut law banning semi-automatic rifles. “The Supreme Court disagrees with you,” he wrote.
You see, the left is deranged and incoherent on this issue. Totally bats, with principles draining out their ears. Because I object to breaching the core Constitutional principle of due process for any purpose–like every American should; it’s not a partisan issue—he “reasoned” that I must therefore believe that there is a right to own semi-automatic weapons. In fact, I have no position on that and didn’t mention it anywhere in the post. But, you see, good little gun-hating zealots like him believe that if you understand that Guns BAD, you must naturally approve of gutting the rule of law and the Constitution to restrict the sale of guns. If you won’t happily gut the Fifth Amendment, you must be a gun nut.
The ends justify the means for these people. Constitutional principles only apply to good progressives and their favorite rights.
Well, screw that, and, to be blunt, screw them. This is totalitarianism they are playing with now, and I’m not sitting back to be bullied, to let anyone else rational be bullied, nor to watch defiance of the Bill of Rights, nor to allow all of these rights, or any of them, to be warped or vetoed by this sick, smug, anti-American, un-democratic ideology that the nation has been marinating in thanks to the left-infested education system and biased and incompetent journalists. I have checked my biases and worked hard to be objective, and it is my unbiased, objective, careful conclusion that on the issue of guns, the left has been at its dishonest, ugly worst, thoroughly disgracing itself.
Now on to the despicable headline, the dishonesty and totalitarian idiocy of which I will explicate in large bold letters so the clod that composed it and the ignoramuses that applaud it have no excuse for not understanding, other than their own derangement, fanaticism and corruption:
No, Mother Jones, almost every GOP Senator just voted to keep letting US citizens exercise their Constitutional rights. “Suspects” of crime, future crime or even terrorism are, from the U.S. Constitution’s perspective—meaning the perspective of Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, John Adams, James Madison, George Mason and all the other rebels and geniuses who composed the Declaration and the Constitution—still are citizens, and entitled to the rights of citizens. The government cannot take away those rights without due process. If this were not true, the government could, for example concoct an asshole list, and declare that those on the list could not pollute the public discourse by publishing magazines like “Mother Jones.”
The government does not, moreover, “let” citizens, including “terror suspects,” exercise their rights to worship, express themselves, assemble, petition their government, not have to incriminate themselves, be safe from unreasonable searches and seizures, or be tortured, to vote, to not have to house soldiers in their homes, to have legal representation, to be tried by a jury of their peers, to be treated equally under the law, yes, to own firearms, and most of all, to not be deprived of these rights without due process of law. We have these rights, whether the government, Democrats, progressives, my friend, Ashleigh Banfield, Senators Murphy, Manshin and Feinstein or anyone else likes it or not.
Glad I could clarify that for you.