I was supposed to be on a "holiday" this weekend but stuff keeps happening and the gears in my brain will continue to turn whether there's oil or not.
I saw this piece from Denninger about Due Process or lack thereof. Apparently those at the Wall Street Journal think that due process is soooo 1779. Pete covered this a little at WRSA in this piece.
Today, Denninger notes that Obama is not in favor of a nationwide moratorium on foreclosures. In the referenced article, Obama had this to say:
"While we understand the eagerness to make sure that no American is foreclosed upon in error, we must be careful not to over-reach and apply a remedy that will make the underlying problem of foreclosures worse," he added.Well, if this administration were to not over-reach and apply a remedy that makes the underlying problem worse, then I guess there's a first time for everything. Seems like I recall that in early 2009, Obama was wanting to take money from taxpayers to give it to those who couldn't make their mortgage payments to prevent them from being evicted. Now, that's okay though. Would you please make up your mind? Oh, no wait, you're a liberal and don't have a mind that can be changed. My mistake.
If you wanted to talk about other due process examples, then the case of Cheyenne Irish would be a prime example. While I know nothing personally of the parents or the circumstances, it boggles my mind to think of a case where the state can kidnap a newborn under color of law. Will Cheyenne be helped if I find my inner Norris?
Thanks to the overwhelming number of police-sleuth-law-order TV shows on today, it may be that America has been programmed to believe that the judicial branch exists only to provide a means of appealing bad acts by the state-rather than as a filter to preventing those acts through due process. Again through the miracle of programming, we're taught that exercising the right to remain silent and demanding due process is merely a shield for criminals rather than a right of free men.
Ask Len Savage about due process sometime.
Ask Dan Howley.
Ask Randy Weaver. Or his wife. Or his son. Or his newborn dead in his mother's arms. Or better yet, let's ask Lon Horiuchi. Or perhaps the American family of Elian Gonzalez. The case of Cheyenne Irish isn't the first time that the government has thrown due process out the window where a child is concerned and you can believe that it won't be the last.
Let's ask the secured investors of Chrysler about due process as it applies to their bankruptcy.
Ask the fellow in California who had his car GPS bugged by the feds.
Ask David Olofson about due process.
Ask British Petroleum about the $20 billion dollar escrow that they were asked to fund for damages in this summer's oil spill.
Ask Sgt. James Crowley who was smeared by Pres_ent Obama as having acted stupidly-then "invited" to the Rose Garden for a beer and a "teachable moment". No word on whether Obama actually learned anything.
In the earlier piece, Denninger asks a question that has already been answered. I repeat it here for your benefit.
Has anyone considered that if we no longer have a rule of law and we no longer have due process that there are 330,000,000 Americans who just became empowered, under the very standards put forward by The Journal's Editorial Board, The Banks and our Government, to issue their own declaratory judgments and carry out their own sentences?
Yes. Yes it has been considered. It's called Waco Rules. If the law doesn't protect us as citizens, then it doesn't protect them as government officials either.
Karl Denninger is expressing the question that many Americans dare not even form in their brain. Because the answer only leads to one place.
For a time in man's history, the conflict between the two greatest powers was reduced to just a push of the button. Mutually Assured Destruction. Through the miracle of ballistic missiles, nuclear war could be delivered to any spot on earth with just the push of a button. So early warning systems were built. Intelligence was gathered. Fixed radar arrays, airborne platforms, sonar nets, satellites were deployed-all to detect a launch at the first second. Why? Because from the time the first launch was detected, you had about 30 minutes to impact. So 30 minutes was the maximum amount of time that you would possibly have to launch any counter attack. Delay is defeat. No chance for diplomacy or discussion. No due process. And that's how the world lived for 40 years. In an even uglier scenario, a submarine ballistic missile launch from close to the enemy coast would leave only a couple of minutes to decide.
We're seeing it again in America. Would you like a real world parallel?
Let's go back to September, 2008 when the banksters told Congress that they had to have $787 billion. RIGHT NOW. Or else there would be tanks in the streets. The whole economic world would collapse. No time for discussion, debate, or delay. When the vote didn't pass on the first trip, why didn't it all collapse? Two years later they didn't even spend all of the money and it still hasn't collapsed. Yet. No due process. No discussion. No debate. But instead of fixing the problem, they used the money to spraypaint the roadkill and smear all banks as guilty so as to provide cover for their own misdeeds.
|End Result of TARP 1 and 2|
On the one hand, the power junkies in an arrogant, overreaching government seek to take your liberty. On the other, their friends the money junkies-whom they enable and encourage seek to take your property. Will you let them?
Someone has to say it. If there is no due process for us, then there's no due process for the ruling class either. If a man has no expectation that due process would prevent him from being wronged by the government, then he would be foolish to reasonably expect to receive the benefit of due process from the government after he is wronged by that same government. This man would have nothing to left to lose to start shooting as soon as the battering ram blasts his door off the hinges.
Someone also must say this. While defending the home and hearth is proper. Some may decide that it is more blessed to give than to receive. Instead of playing defense, they may play offense.