A Call to Arms
Just a minute here. Do we have this right?
We have a president fulfilling the oath he took to uphold the Constitution on which the nation is founded by naming a replacement to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court.
While it may be true that the late Justice Scalia, who died mysteriously in Texas –the old pillow on the face natural cause of death-- was a considerable body to replace, we had members of the Senate, also obliged to uphold the Constitution, virtually immediately going on record, saying, in effect, no way, Jose!
Majority Leader McConnell, a staunch advocate of the Constitution in election campaign speeches, quickly declared he would be flouting the highest law of the land, refusing to meet with the president’s nominee, not holding hearings or allowing the nomination to come to a vote, as is the practice. Other well-known supporters of the Constitution, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley, and the 11 Republican members, concurred.
Were these Constitution–lovers saying that, in fact, they supported only those parts of the sacred document they, or their lobbyists, liked, such as the Second Amendment?
Come on now, folks, it not as if the president would be nominating Leon Trotsky’s sister, or F.G. Biddenkapp, executive secretary of the International Workers Relief Committee, a CP auxiliary, or anyone who would be committed to reopening the Sacco-Vanzetti case.
We of the Justaminutemen want to know WTF is going on here, anyway?
Now we realize we have a Republican-controlled Congress committed to the higher calling of its obligation as a Do Nothing Congress, except being against everything Obama.
However, in full view of our friends and enemies around the world, who we are trying to sell the virtues of the greatest democracy with its three branches of government, Mitch and the Grassley Eleven are shredding the Constitution. By undercutting the executive branch, one of three most important branches, according to the Founding Fathers, the alleged perpetrators are also hampering the work of the Judiciary, depriving the Supreme Court of its ninth and often deciding member.
We of the Justaminutemen believe such a transgression cannot be allowed without inciting further Constitution-busting by the Legislative branch. This is the same body of patriots that allowed TeaPartyniks to run amok, shutting the government down in 2013. It‘s time we cracked down on these subversive elements.
If it was up to us, the sergeant–at-arms would be rushing down the aisles, swinging his mace, followed by Navy Seals, commando units from the bipartisan Army, Marines, Air Force, FBI, ATT and Border Patrol agents, stopping short of using drones although they would be hovering over the building during the police action. Clamp them all in irons, we say, and let the Congress get on with its job.
The charge: violating the Smith Act (54 Stat. 670, 671. Title I).
These men are terrorists, undermining the American system of government from within. They are more dangerous to the Constitution and the American way of life than even Earl Browder and other members of the cabal we were told by Sen. McCarthy and HUAC we should be looking under our bed to name. It’s not the pot-smoking, free love, anti-war hippie demonstrators in the street we have to fear but the faux patriots inside the gates.
We’re sure that the highly-principled, law-loving next president, Donald Trump, would support protecting our basic values.
“Get them the hell out of here,” we can hear him saying. “Be nice. Don’t hurt them. I’ll pay the legal fees. Just get them to shut the fuck up while I’m speaking.”
We are not Smith Act scholars. We have no idea how all of this will go down in the courts, especially before a Supreme Court that is unable to reach a decision without a ninth member. But the Constitution is the highest law of the land and deserves to be upheld to protect itself from those inciting rebellion. Acts of rebellion, in some states, are punishable by death.
While all of this is being thrashed out in the courts, we of the Justaminutemen believe Mitch and the Grassley Eleven should be held without bail and due process rights guaranteed by the Constitution they no longer respect for the rest of their terms in office, so help us God. Lock them up in their beloved Gitmo, which they voted not to close.
The punishment to fit the crime should include being forced to write on those sacred Gitmo walls one hundred times a day Article II, Section 2, Clause 2.
Some believe three months in Riker's would be even more effective.
Marvin Kitman, PFC (Ret.)
March 19, 2016