By Ron Paul, MD - ronpaulinstitute.org|
Last week (Illegitimate) President Biden addressed the nation on the first anniversary of the coronavirus being declared a "pandemic." It was a disturbing speech, warning us that the "hopeful spring" will only emerge "from a dark winter" if all Americans "stick with the rules."
Whose rules? His rules.
The message was clear: he will only allow us to have some of our freedoms back if we do exactly as he tells us. It was the language of extortion, of a bank robber who demands you do what he says or face the consequences. It was not the language of someone we are told is the leader of the free world.
In the speech Biden laid out a list of what was taken from us over the past year, "weddings, birthdays, graduations...family reunions, the Sunday night rituals." It was as if somehow the virus, instead of authoritarian government officials, prevented us from enjoying these normal human activities.
Though we continue to see Covid disappear across the country with the end of the winter season, Biden was not about to let go of his perceived power to control our lives.
He said, "if we do all this, if we do our part, if we do this together, by July the 4, there's a good chance you, your families and friends, will be able to get together in your backyard or in your neighborhood and have a cookout or a barbecue and celebrate Independence Day. That doesn't mean large events with lots of people together, but it does mean small groups will be able to get together."
Imagine our Founders hearing this speech. The US president might - just might - allow small family gatherings at home in four months if we follow all of his rules. King George looked benevolent by comparison!
As Rep. Thomas Massie Tweeted shortly after the speech, "If you're waiting for permission from the chief executive to celebrate Independence Day with your family, you clearly don't grasp the concept of Independence."
It seems like yesterday - it almost was - that Biden "asked" us to just wear the mask for 100 days. "Just 100 days to mask, not forever. 100 days," he said. So from "just 100 days" to maybe you can have a small gathering by July 4th? Perhaps he just forgot his earlier speech?
As usual, the goalposts keep being moved because politicians cannot bear the possibility that they might have to give up some of that power over us they have grabbed for themselves. Fauci made the usual mainstream media rounds over the weekend and was asked by the fawning host when Americans might have permission to hold weddings again!
So now Americans need Fauci's permission to get married? What is happening to this country? The propaganda is so relentless that it seems most Americans don't see how not normal this is! In saner times, Fauci would be laughed off the stage. Now, he's treated as some sort of divine source of truth.
Biden promised he was "using every power...as the president of the United States to put us on a war footing." Of that I have no doubt. But Biden's war is not against the virus. It's against the US Constitution and liberty itself.
WHAT PENCE SHOULD HAVE DONE ON JANUARY 6
By Jon N. Hall - ultracon-opinion.blogspot.com
Some 2020 changes to election law in the battleground states were prima facie violations of the Constitution. For example, when the jurists on Pennsylvania's Supreme Court took it upon themselves to change PA's election laws, they violated the Elections Clause , which stipulates that in the states, only legislatures are empowered to make election laws. Yet, those jurists aren't being made to account for their unlawful usurpations, even though they struck at the very heart of the American system - our elections, which give us our democracy.
It's heartening to know that members of PA's legislature can occasionally summon up the will and grit to impeach jurists, but the PA legislature is also guilty. Like their Supreme Court, the PA legislature has also violated the law by the way they changed their election laws, as did other battleground states.
It's necessary to stress that many of the actions taken by public officials in the 2020 presidential elections ran afoul of the law. It's irrelevant that the infractions were committed in full view of the public and by groups, such as legislatures and courts; they were still breaches of the law. It's much more egregious when public officials break the law than when individuals do, as the People have put their trust in public officials and have given them extraordinary power.
The 2020 presidential election is one of failure. The safeguards meant to ensure the integrity of our elections broke down on every level of government, local, state, and federal, and involved every branch of government, legislative, executive, and judicial. The issue here is not only that the changes to election law to counter the Wuhan virus opened the gates to even more election fraud; it's that the changes violated the law.
One would be hard pressed to assess which of the many government failures in the 2020 presidential election was most damaging to the republic. But in the end, the massive government failures and lawlessness of 2020 could be fixed only by a lone individual and only on the final day of the election. On Jan. 6 at the joint session of Congress that counts the votes of the Electoral College, Mike Pence as President of the Senate could have put a patina of legitimacy on an election shot through with illegitimacy and fraud. But how could he have done that?
Some argue that a V.P. cannot unilaterally and summarily reject disputed states' electoral votes. In "All Pence Can Do Is Count," a Jan. 3 commentary in The Wall Street Journal, Alan Charles Raul and Richard Bernstein wrote: "Neither the vice president nor Congress has the power to reject electoral votes." These analysts were saying that the joint session of Congress to count the Electoral College votes is just a formality, and the only action that can be taken in the session is to simply "rubberstamp" the states' electors. If members feel certain that election laws were unconstitutionally changed or that election fraud was determinative in certain states, that's a pity, for they are compelled to "ratify" those tainted ballots.
In "Alexander Macris on the 2020 Battleground States" at LewRockwell, this writer showed why the above position is wrong. The article contends that the V.P. does have the power to reject disputed states' electoral certificates. If the reasoning is correct, then some might say that the Constitution has a hole in it that needs to be filled. In fact, the article cites a 19th Century senator of that opinion. But perhaps the "hole" was deliberate; perhaps the drafters of the 12th Amendment foresaw unconstitutional "elections" and created an escape hatch for some future V.P. to save the republic.
This escape hatch, however, involves defying the Constitution. Democrats would surely raise holy hell about Pence rejecting disputed states' certificates, and moan about traducing the supreme law of the land. But why should Pence have obeyed the Constitution when so many other public officials hadn't? Also, what would have happened to Pence had he rejected tainted certificates? President Trump wasn't about to sic federal marshals on him. Maybe Chuck and Nancy would have gotten apoplectic, but so what.
If a V.P. were to "go rogue" and reject tainted certificates from "rogue states," with the disputed battleground states' votes not being counted and with only the states whose certificates had been accepted determining the winner, the nation's domestic tranquility, such as it is, might end, at least in Blue States and Democrat cities.
With only two weeks from Jan. 6 to Inauguration Day, there wouldn't be enough time to conduct do-over elections in the disputed states, as the Texas case had urged in December. But because the illegalities in those states were just the most obvious problems, what Mike Pence should have done is to reject the certificates of all the states.
And he should have executed the rejection with panache, by ceremoniously tearing up the certificates from the great states of Georgia and Pennsylvania, much like Nancy Pelosi tore up her copy of Pres. Trump's last State of the Union speech. Pence should then have fed all the remaining certificates into a paper shredder, an appropriate end to an election irremediably corrupt.
Had Pence rejected all certificates, we'd have had a tie which would have thrown the presidential election into the House of Representatives. And that's where the 2020 presidential election with all its irregularities and improbabilities belonged. The voters of Pennsylvania, Georgia, and all the other rogue states would still be able to weigh in, but with their U.S. representatives rather than electors.
Had Pence rejected all certificates, singlehandedly throwing the election into the House, it would have been a fitting rebuke of the government failure that made the 2020 elections a mockery of democracy. It's not "fair" that one man be made to correct all the failures of everyone else. But in not taking the bold unprecedented action that was clearly called for, Pence also failed.
And that's a tragedy, because such an act might have at long last provided the impetus for real systemic reform in American election law. Instead, with H.R.1 - For the People Act of 2021, the most hideous horrendous anti-democratic legislation in over 150 years, Democrats seek to codify the battleground state outrages and impose them on the entire nation. It's as though the Dems are trying to foment another civil war.
There are many authors of the failure that has given us the most un-American government we've ever experienced. But perhaps the biggest failure of the 2020 election is that the People of this great nation continue to tolerate the failures of their government.