America’s Ship of State (Part IV)
by Carl Parnell
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In America’s Ship of State (Part III), the first two virtual cabins of the current Ship of State were toured to see what contents might be stored in them. Now, in America’s Ship of State (Part IV), three more cabins are toured in order to verify their possible contents.
Cabin 3 contains an example of what Commander Obama could us, if he so desired, to eliminate many of the god-given, constitutional rights that the passengers of the Ship of State have cherished since its construction in 1789. Two of the more prominent examples of legislation that have already taken many rights and privileges from the passengers on the Ship of State are the Patriot Act and the National Defense Authorization Act. But, what are the basic provisions of these congressional acts that would be responsible for denying passengers on board the Ship of State their constitutional freedoms?
According to the Concerned Citizens against the Patriot Act, there is a terrifying difference between the Constitution and the Patriot Act. This can be seen in a comparison of the two documents using key amendments in the Bill of Rights and how the Patriot Act basically guts them. Let’s look at Amendments I, IV, and VI and compare them with the manner in which the Patriot Act addresses them:
Amendment I: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
US Patriot Act
Freedom of association: To assist terror investigations, the government may monitor religious and political institutions without suspecting criminal activity.
Amendment I: Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech…
US Patriot Act
Freedom of speech: The government may prosecute librarians or keepers of any other records if they tell anyone the government subpoenaed information related to a terror investigation.
Amendment IV: 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.
US Patriot Act
Freedom from unreasonable searches: The government may search and seize Americans' papers and effects without probable cause to assist terror investigation.
Amendment VI: In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
US Patriot Act
Right to a speedy and public trial: The government may jail Americans indefinitely without a trial.
Amendment VI: ... to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
US Patriot Act
Right to legal representation: The government may monitor conversations between attorneys and clients in federal prisons and deny lawyers to Americans accused of crimes.
Amendment VI: ... to be confronted with the witnesses against him...
US Patriot Act
Right to liberty: Americans may be jailed without being charged or being able to confront witnesses against them. US citizens (labeled: “unlawful combatants”) have been held incommunicado and refused attorneys. (Cornell Law School and the Associated Press)
Therefore, as viewed in this comparison of the US Constitution (Bill of Rights) and the US Patriot Act, passengers on the Ship of State have permitted the past and present commanders, in the name of safety from terrorism, to deny them some of their constitutional freedoms. But, worst of all, only a very small percentage of the board of directors of the Ship of State, the Congress, actually read the Patriot Act before they approved it, which is seemingly the current pattern of approving documents that affect the Ship of State. Unfortunately, Benjamin Franklin, one of the great builders of the Ship of State, hit the “nail on the head” when he said: “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Unfortunately, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 might just be worst for the civil liberties of Americans than the Patriot Act. The National Defense Authorization Act’s purpose is to act as a budget for the Department of Defense. Needless to say, it had the support of the House of Representatives and the Senate. However, like too many bills that become laws on America’s Ship of State, it had some rider provisions that should be considered dangerous to all Americans. According to Wikipedia,
The most controversial provisions to receive wide attention were contained in Title X, Subtitle D, entitled “Counter-Terrorism.” In particular, sub-sections 1021 and 1022, which deal with detention of persons the government suspects of involvement in terrorism. The controversy was to their legal meaning and potential implications for abuse of Presidential authority. Although the White House and Senate sponsors maintain that the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) already grants presidential authority for indefinite detention, the Act states that Congress “affirms” this authority and makes specific provisions as to the exercise of that authority. The detention provisions of the Act have received critical attention by, among others, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, and some media sources which are concerned about the scope of the President's authority, including contentions that those whom they claim may be held indefinitely could include U.S. citizens arrested on American soil, including arrests by members of the Armed Forces. The detention powers currently face legal challenge.
But, unfortunately, Commander Obama signed the NDAA into law on January 2, 2013, even though the “indefinite military detention” provision was left in it. In his Signing Statement, he explained: “I have signed the Act chiefly because it authorizes funding for the defense of the United States and its interests abroad, crucial services for service members and their families, and vital national security programs that must be renewed … I have signed this bill despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation, and prosecution of suspected terrorists.” (2) However, considering the categorizing of Christians, veterans, and Tea Party members as potential terrorists by Commander Obama’s Homeland Security force, it would be extremely dangerous to these American citizens, and any other American citizens, since the “indefinite detention” and “military custody” provisions were kept in the NDAA of 2013. Ultimately, it is scary to think that the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the President were all in bed with this treasonous attack on the constitutional civil liberties of all American citizens. Of course, it appears that the courts jumped into bed with them, since they did not overturn sub-sections 1021 and 1022 of the NDAA, which could be another tactic that could be possibly used by Commander Obama to silence anti-government speech and press in America and on the Ship of State.
Cabin 4 contains an example of what Commander Obama could use to ensure that the national debt increases to the point that the Ship of State must remain in dry dock forever. This budget-busting economic albatross enacted by Congress and enforced by the hierarchy of leaders that support Commander Obama is a taxpayer-funded healthcare program. The superficial purpose of this affordable healthcare program is to insure that all passengers of the Ship of State have healthcare coverage. However, it is just possible that, like so many government programs, this program will never have enough revenue to keep it operational. As a result, Commander Obama must ensure that all passengers aboard the Ship of State continue to pay even more taxes to support it. Also, since over 700 billion dollars have been removed from the Medicare budget to help finance this so-called free ride for those passengers who do not currently have any healthcare coverage, the senior citizen passengers would receive less coverage at the time in their life that they will need even more coverage.
But, is it possible that Commander Obama’s healthcare program is just a ploy to insure that he would always have enough political support from those that he helped get health insurance to keep his commandership? Of course, regardless of Commander Obama’s reason for getting into the healthcare side of America’s Ship of State, when it gets out of dry dock, it would bankrupt America’s Ship of State, which would cause the hull to crack from bow to stern. Then, America’s Ship of State would possibly sink even faster than ancient Rome’s Ship of State. However, most likely, the Ship of State would not completely sink. Instead, it would be continually controlled by the political pirates in Washington, D. C. who intend on making all passengers hostage to their every demand. Then, the commander of the Ship of State and his political party cohorts would finally achieve the clandestine agenda of their political party, which is to create a socialist state, which has been in the developmental stage since the end of World War II.
Cabin 5 contains an example of what Commander Obama could use to ensure that politicians who are elected to office are socialists in their ideology. This would greatly benefit the far-left Democratic Party, since its agenda is a socialist agenda at heart. But, where did so many people in Congress get their training in socialism? They got their training from America’s public school system. According to Devvy Kidd in her September 21, 2012 News With Views article entitled “What Do You Expect When Socialists Are Allowed to Serve in Congress,” public schools have been indoctrinating American school children to the positivism of socialism in the United States for more than 40 years.
Some of the Communist/Socialist goals that Kidd listed that have been rather successful are:
Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers' associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
Gain control of all student newspapers.
Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.
Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”
Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the “big picture.”
Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.
Ultimately, based on these goals of Communism and Socialism, everything has been taught in public schools, except the truth about these two diabolical forms of government. Of course, as a result, many public school students know very little about America’s Constitutional Republic and how it is supposed to operate. Therefore, as stated by Kidd, “children for almost two decades have been subjected to carefully crafted propaganda in text books offering up subtle suggestions meant to lead the student into embracing becoming a ‘global citizen.’ Not a sovereign citizen with love for America.” This is the reason that American students have accepted Socialism as the norm. This is the same reason that America’s leaders have accepted the lie of Socialism, too. As Kidd also stated, “Those good little global citizens had their minds washed in the dumbing down institutions of lower learning for at least a decade. Those students are now teachers, they serve in Congress, the state houses and on school boards. They are professors at ‘institutions of higher learning,’ filling the minds of young Americans with the communitarian doctrine (communist morality).”
Therefore, most of America’s current leaders who attended public schools were indoctrinated to the ways of Socialism. As a result, Commander Obama and the Democratic Party have a large bank of socialist candidates to help get elected to Congress and other federal and state positions. Of course, if too many socialist candidates get elected to Congress and other public offices, it would make it easier for Commander Obama to dismantle the current Ship of State, that is, if it does not sink first, and build a new, supposedly more improved socialist version. In doing so, the passengers on a new Ship of State would become hostages and become subservient to a Commander who could rule for possibly more years than allotted by the Twenty-second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Therefore, if the contents of Cabins 1-5 on the Ship of State were released by Commander Obama onto its deck all at one time, it would become a frightening horror story for all passengers, regardless of their political party. Unfortunately, though, it might possibly take decades or centuries to escape the frightening effects of this political horror story that is ongoing in America today.
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