Freedom in Jeopardy


Jon Reisman

I watched Kamala Harris and Joe Biden preside over a ceremony honoring the Capitol Police for their “heroic” actions defending our Congressional overlords from the January 6 “white supremacist insurrectionists”. The blatant lying and dishonesty on display drove my blood pressure through the roof and I cancelled Kamala in a rage, screaming at the TV. I do not know which is worse, senile groping Joe or lying, power hungry Kamala. They are presiding over an America with an open border (which they created), spiking crime (thank you George Soros prosecutors and Democrats for “Defund the police”) government approved systemic racism and discrimination (thank you Black Lives Matter, Critical Race Theory and “anti-racism”) and an emerging permanent pandemic state that is destroying freedom.
The First Amendment is in tatters. Freedom of religion, speech and association are being attacked by Big Tech, the public health nannies and Democratic Governors like Newsom (California), Whitmer (Michigan), Murphy (New Jersey) and Cuomo (New York). The legacy media is the communication arm of the Democratic Party, and George Orwell’s “Ministry of Truth” is on display every day as the Biden administration lies and gaslights
The Second Amendment is in the lefts’ crosshairs, with the Biden administration and racist mayors like Chicago’s Lori Lightfoot blaming the crime spike on gun violence and insufficient gun control. A gun grabbing ATF nominee may be a bit too transparent to be confirmed, but the left wants to simultaneously defund the police and disarm America, while socialists like Squad member Rep. Cori Bush have their own (taxpayer funded?) private security. Guns and security for me, but not for thee.
The Third Amendment’s prohibition of quartering troops in private residences in peacetime does not seem to be in danger, but moves to install public health nannies and “Karens” to establish social credit scores are on the horizon and in Alexa’s dreams.
The Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable search and seizure was initially attacked and shredded by the Obama administration surveillance of the Trump campaign, FISA court abuses and unmasking (Thank you Susan Rice, now chief domestic policy advisor for senile Joe). Not surprisingly, it continues apace today with the NSA surveilling and unmasking Tucker Carlson, and issuing non-apologetic non-denial denials in response.  It is an established precedent that the intelligence community can lie to Congress and the American people with impunity, and nothing short of scrapping and defunding the entire national security apparatus and restarting from scratch will be able to deal with this systemic corruption and arrogance.
The Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments guarantees of Due Process, Fair  and Speedy Trials and Equal Protection have been shredded by the contrasting treatment of Black Lives Matter/Antifa “mostly peaceful” rioters (bailed out by Cackling Kamala and charges dismissed by Soros prosecutors) and the Jan 6 “white supremacist insurrectionists” who languish in  a Washington DC hellhole facility in solitary confinement, denied bail and ready access to counsel, despite the nature of the charges (misdemeanors) and lack of records.
The upcoming vaccine passport regime will restrict freedoms for those who refuse to comply with vaccine mandates. These freedoms are rights from our creator, not privileges that the Government may rescind because we refuse to bend the knee. Moreover, since Black and Brown communities have the lowest vaccination rates, the passport regime will have a “disparate impact” and damage those groups more. According to Critical Race Theory, disparate outcomes are always a consequence of systemic racism. Et tu, Kamala and Joe?
Jon Reisman is an associate professor of economics and public policy at the University of Maine at Machias. His views are his own. Mr. Reisman welcomes comments as letters to the editor here, or to him directly via email at [email protected].

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