Constitutional Rights Under Fire…Yet Again

I should have known better that I would have to discuss this again. Is it really so hard to obey our rights? Republicans and conservatives alike are fighting for our rights and their lives as Election Day draws nearer. They are receiving threats. They are being bullied and harassed all because they are supporters of Trump and are right-winged. What happened to their first amendment right? No where to be found when it comes to scared little liberals. Apparently they only people who have rights are the liberal democrats. People are being censored on social media platforms all because they are posting facts. We can’t tolerate this! People need to understand that under our First Amendment we are guaranteed the right to free speech. Whether you like what I say or not, it doesn’t matter, because speech is protected. At least that is how it should be. But since I don’t agree with mainstream media and don’t agree with the Black Lives Matter movement, I am wrong and my opinion is “extremely problematic and potentially harmful.” Regardless that an opinion can’t be wrong. But I digress. I will always respect someone else’s opinion even if it doesn’t align with mine. But you are wrong if you think that it’s okay for our constitutional rights to be under fire. For a lot of people who scream equality, especially democrats, aren’t actually about equality. Specifically, when it comes to republicans and conservatives disagreeing with them. This has gotten way out of hand.

With that being said, let me be very clear, I will not back down without a fight and I guarantee you millions of Americans won’t either. I dare you to try and take away our rights and let me tell you, you will have tyranny on your hands in a fight you can’t win. We Americans aren’t going to sit idly by while our rights are slowly fading away. Today it’s free speech, tomorrow it’s guns.

#AllLivesMatter

I am outraged over the murder of George Floyd and the events that have taken place afterward. I am so sick and tired of hearing about #BlackLivesMatter. It’s not just about blacks, whites, Hispanics, etc. It’s about EVERY SINGLE LIFE on this beautiful earth God put us on. Yes, I am sure that the police officer who murdered Floyd was influenced by his skin color, but honestly, at this point, what does it have to do with anything? We are all Americans and it’s about time we started acting like it.

Law enforcement have always held a special place in my heart, but only for the upstanding officers. Why bash all the LEOS, when not everyone is corrupt or has ulterior motives? All of those cops who participated in the murder should be prosecuted to the FULLEST extent. In the video Floyd was clearly detained. He wasn’t going anywhere so the excessive force was unnecessary. But seriously, paid leave for those cops???? How do the department and local government allow that?

I understand protesting, but straight up rioting is completely uncalled for. It’s a shame that there isn’t enough room to lock every one of you up for this nonsense because it makes you no worse than the cops who murdered Floyd.

“Racial Injustice.” I’m tired of everything being about race. Yes, hate crimes are awful and we should all love our brothers and sisters no matter the color, but why does it always have to circle back to blacks saying that basically everyone who is white hates them and wants them dead? Allie Beth Stucky says it best: “ Are we not allowed to care about this without being accused of being callous, privileged, or racist? Why can’t we mourn death, decry injustice and also be heartbroken over the devastation that’s occurring there- which will ruin people’s lives?” (Posted on her Instagram stories in reference to the riots that have resulted from Floyd’s killing.)

In the end, it will sadly continue. The media will always take a side and twist stories to put the country in unrest. Because the fact of the matter is, more black people are killed by black people than they are killed by white cops. Justice should be served for George Floyd and it should be swift, but the current reactions by the public are not the way. Use your first amendment to protest this the right way!

Matthew 22:39 “And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Let Freedom Ring

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” ~Mark Twain
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” ~John 15:13
“If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” ~Ronald Reagan

 

 

(I do not necessarily share the beliefs of all the people cited, but these are good quotes nonetheless.)

Freedom’s Truths

“Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.” ~F.D.R

“Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.” ~Ronald Reagan

“It’s not tyranny we desire; it’s a just, limited, federal government.” ~Alexander Hamilton

“If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.” ~Milton Friedman

(I do not necessarily share the beliefs of all the people cited, but these are good quotes nonetheless.)

On the Border

Politics. The word that sparks dread in most people the moment it is spoken. Currently, the most prominent matter in this topic is, should we build a wall at the southern border? Whether you are a democrat, republican, liberal, conservative, or whatever you choose to call yourself, we all have our own thoughts on this situation.

Illegal immigration is a huge problem in our country and it’s time for this epidemic to end. The first necessary step to achieve a solution is for Congress to fund the wall. Trump was most certainly right in allowing a partial shut down of the government until the wall opponents can come to their senses. No one is ever going to be happy with every single thing that Trump and the dems will pass, but for goodness sake; PULL UP YOUR BOOTSTRAPS AND MAKE A DARN DEAL ALREADY!

I hope that Trump does NOT back down. I pray that he stands his ground and does not cower to everyone telling him what he should do.

If you happen to disagree, leave a comment down below and tell me why!

 

 



A Homegrown Mess-Part Three: Trespassing

Almost 13,000 people are surveilled each year by the TSA under the Quiet Skies program. Those include people who have shown no outward signs of wrongdoing. In one interview, some air marshals have said that they have been tasked with following people who seem to pose no real threat. One of those people they were tasked with following was a federal law enforcement officer.

Am I the only one worrying about this being legal? Nope. Some air marshals also worry that this domestic surveillance is illegal and that it goes beyond the authority of the Federal Air Marshal service. One air marshal texted colleagues, “What we are doing [in Quiet Skies] is troubling and raising some serious questions as to the validity and legality of what we are doing and how we are doing it”.

“All US citizens who enter the country are automatically screened for inclusion in Quiet Skies…” Quiet Skies relies on 15 areas of behavior to surveil the passengers. The rules may target those whose behavior or travel patterns match known terrorist or people who are “possibly affiliated” with people on a watch list. It also targets those with no known indication of spurious affiliation. Through this program, the TSA track roughly 35 people a day, sometimes more.

But of course the TSA defends this work. In a statement to the Washington Post on July 29, 2018, the TSA defended the program by comparing neighborhood law enforcement to the air marshals. Agency spokesman James Gregory told the post “We are no different than the cop on the corner who is placed there because there is an increased possibility that something might happen. When you’re in a tube at 30,000 feet … it makes sense to put someone there.” So I guess with that being said, the cop sitting on the corner is just going to follow some random person, who is showing no outward signs of wrongdoing, and write a report about it? Or is someone going to be monitoring the bathrooms next because it’s such close quarters? The TSA also didn’t say in an interview if Quiet Skies has actually deterred any threats or if the program actually exists.

And for the TSA to be so intent on keeping the American people “safe”, they are one of the most crooked security administrations known to Americans.

“The TSA – whose job is supposedly “fighting terrorism” – is, without doubt, one of America’s most corrupt and incompetent agencies. However, last year, they apparently became so unsatisfied with the mere ability to strip search babies, remove colostomy bags, beat up blind cancer patients, and fondle your genitalia, that they announced a more invasive physical pat-downs. The pat-downs, which TSA warned would probably prompt assault complaints with the police department because of their invasive nature, have been implemented and a 96-year-old WWII veteran has become their latest victim.”

Ponder the following:

If all of this is supposedly legal, why is the passenger’s fourth amendment right being taken away by having their reservation information stolen from them? Taking information from someones hotel reservation, such as a phone number or an email address because it could be related to terrorists, does not equate to probable cause.

Amendment 4

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized.”

Amendment 9

“The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”

 

 

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Nelson, Jeremy. “The Bill of Rights (Amendments 1 – 10).” National Center for Constitutional Studies, National Center for Constitutional Studies, 1 Jan. 2018, nccs.net/blogs/americas-founding-documents/bill-of-rights-amendments-1-10.

Winter, Jana. “In ‘Quiet Skies’ Program, TSA Is Tracking Regular Travelers like Terrorists in Secret Surveillance.” BostonGlobe.com, 28 July 2018, apps.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/graphics/2018/07/tsa-quiet-skies/.

Visser, Nick. “TSA Has Been Secretly Monitoring Travelers Who Aren’t Listed On Government Watch Lists.” The Huffington Post, TheHuffingtonPost.com, 30 July 2018, www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/quiet-skies-air-marshals_us_5b5e8897e4b0fd5c73d09f15.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Homegrown Mess-Part Two: Quiet Skies

Last week we talked about a real-life scenario. Today, I want to expand on that.

Previously, when I told you to imagine that an undercover agent had been following you, I never specified what kind of agent. The agent I had in mind was a federal air marshal, working by the authority of the TSA.

We all know the mess that there is in this country between the government and the people. For years we’ve been subjected to various infringements. Taking another hit to our rights, the TSA has secretly been monitoring airline passengers.

In 2010, the TSA began a program called “Quiet Skies”, which involves the monitoring of passengers who aren’t on government watch lists. For years federal air marshals have been following passengers through the airport and even on the plane itself. These passengers (supposedly just those who were coming in from overseas) were and are being watched and reported on for simple things such as, but not limited to, if you are overly aware of your surroundings (who wouldn’t be?), if you use the lavatory often (maybe you have a weak bladder), or if you slept during the flight. In minute-by-minute reports, this information is sent back to the TSA. US Citizens that are reentering the country are automatically screened for the program. Those who have been surveilled, can remain in the program for 90 days or three encounters. Whichever comes first.

So, have I piqued your interest? Or are you just one on those, “it doesn’t matter anyway- I haven’t done anything wrong” people? Either way, stayed tuned for A Homegrown Mess-Part Three: Trespassing. Not interested? I would love to hear from you on why.

 

P.S. In no way am I anti-government. I am just an anti-infringing on my rights kind of person.

 

 

Sources:

Huffington Post

Boston Globe

Washington Post

 

A Homegrown Mess-Part One

Picture this. You’re walking down the street. You’re in a crowed area in a popular city. You are minding your own business. Little do you know, someone is following you. They blend in with the rest of the crowd. You would never suspect they were following you. But they are not just following you, they are taking information and reporting it. Reporting information about YOU.

This information they are reporting-it’s about how you behave, how you look at people, and interact with them. Now how would you feel if I told you that you vaguely knew this unknown stalker? I imagine you wouldn’t feel too keenly about this.

According to the American Heritage High School Dictionary, stalk is defined as “To follow or observe (a person) persistently, esp. out of obsession or derangement.”

Criminal.Findlaw.com defines stalking as: Stalking is the unwanted pursuit of another person, such as following a person, appearing at a person’s home or place of business, making harassing phone calls, leaving written messages or objects, or vandalizing a person’s property.

By its nature, stalking is not a one-time event, but rather a pattern of behavior meant to cause harm or distress. The individual’s actions must be considered in connection with other actions to determine if someone is being stalked. It includes repeated harassing or threatening behavior toward another person, whether that person is a total stranger, slight acquaintance, current or former intimate partner, or anyone else.”

With that key information in mind, what would you think if I told you that this was a real-life scenario and that the stalker was an undercover agent? Would you feel in distress? Harassed? Violated? I would. This agent who has been stalking you has had no right to do this. You showed no ill-will towards others, nor were you committing any crime.

So I ask you, reader, why would our own government, who is supposed to protect and uphold the rights of the people, do this to its law-abiding citizens?

Stay tuned for A Homegrown Mess-Part Two: Quiet Skies, next Wednesday.