"Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” John Adams
I rarely start any threads on PWI, simply because it is not my lane and I don’t know a lot of things about a lot of things, but, I can smell abuse of power a mile away.
Over the last week, I have been reading some articles that are beginning to worry me about an erosion of our Constitution and Bill of Rights, especially on the local and state level. I have spent my whole professional life in military and law enforcement, so, I have an inside view on when rights are being abused.
Like you and everyone else on here, I am doing my part to follow the current guidelines on the virus. I am not some child throwing a tantrum over my gym being closed. I spent 12 years in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. I did not write that to brag, just to let you know that regardless of what you have read, civil rights are an illusion in those countries.
I have a sickening feeling that our rights are being quietly assaulted by local and state politicians just for their personal and professional gain. Does a sheriff really have the power to close guns shops and deny people the right to self-defense? Does a sheriff have the power to block you from your home/ cabin, simply because you are from another city? Does a Governor have the right to declare martial law only to keep people from NYC/ NY from traveling to her state?
Here is a good example:
Rhode Island plans to send the National Guard out to knock door-to-door in an attempt to hunt down anyone who has arrived in the tiny state from New York City during the coronavirus pandemic. State police, meanwhile, have begun pulling over cars with New York state plates.
Lets see, impose martial law on anyone with a New York state tag, but, allow any other state to have free access? What if your mother lived in Rhode Island, was in a wheel chair, home bound, and you wanted to deliver her supplies, but, you have a NY driver’s license?
Gov. Gina Raimondo said anyone traveling there from New York will be ordered to undergo a 14-day quarantine and could face fines or even jail time if they’re found to not comply.
Really?, jails are being emptied across the nation, but, you will be locked up for delivering supplies to your mother. BTW, who pays? You are going to quarantine me for 14 days, who pays for the room and food? The state of Rhode Island?
In Rhode Island, Raimondo maintained she’s within her emergency powers to impose the aggressive measures and said she had consulted with state lawyers.
Consult with your state lawyers and suspend habeas corpus?
“I know it’s unusual. I know it’s extreme and I know some people disagree with it,” she said.
Yes, I disagree. I have defended this country for years, both home and abroad. I have the right to care for my family and, if I had an ill mother in Rhode Island, you will have to kill me to keep me out.
“If you want to seek refuge in Rhode Island, you must be quarantined.”
But only if you are from NY State, people from Montana or Alabama are fine.
“While the Governor may have the power to suspend some state laws and regulations to address this medical emergency, she cannot suspend the Constitution,” said Steven Brown, the executive director of the ACLU of Rhode Island, in a statement.
She has the right to declare martial law, but, she can suspend the Bill the Rights. The Constitution is a different animal.
“Under the Fourth Amendment, having a New York state license plate simply does not, and cannot, constitute ‘probable cause’ to allow police to stop a car and interrogate the driver, no matter how laudable the goal of the stop may be,” Brown added.
I agree and I am no rookie about this. I have served over 400+ felony drug and arrest warrants and each and every time, I had rock solid probable cause, because the 4th amendment is our sacred right. I don’t believe the Governor feels the same way.
Now, I may be paranoid or suffering from cabin fever, but, I have worked enough with third world militaries and police to know that rights are easily taken away, it starts with very small steps, like discriminating against New Yorkers .