Thursday, August 17, 2017

Editorial: Confederate Nazis, Domestic Terrorist & White Nationalists, Oh My

Editorial: Confederate Nazis, Domestic Terrorist & White Nationalists, Oh My; Metamora Herald

It is hard for me to believe that in 2017, here in the United States of America, we are dealing with such a high level of racism and Nazism? I am shocked and appalled at the events that occurred in Virginia. An innocent girl died over some old statue being removed. This is outrageous! How and why would anyone give creed to the disgusting acts of Nazis? How does this tie into the Confederate flag and Southern way of thinking? Levying war against the USA is a treasonable offense. [1] Article 3 Section 3 of the Constitution states in the very first sentence,"Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them" protecting honest, self-responsible hard working citizens within the nation from domestic lawbreakers who would use coercion, fraud, or force to deprive others of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

What does this sentence mean to you? To me, it means that anyone Domestic/Foreign can not trample on the rights of other citizens. They are not allowed to take away their freedom or stand in the way of their own pursuit of tranquility and happiness here in the USA. So to me, that also means that carrying that Confederate Flag is committing a treasonous act and those who worship this symbol of hate should be punished for carrying it or honoring it. This flag was a symbol of rebellion against the Union of the United States. It is a battle flag, a symbol of fighting and killing US government officials and soldiers. What are they teaching kids in Southern schools? How we bullied them into acting right? Slavery is wrong, and they fought hard to keep it. The Southern Way is not acceptable and should not be promoted. This is not part of our heritage, sorry but it isn't, it is, however, a sad reminder of a very terrible and painful time in our country's history.

The POTUS has stated that both sides of this fight were in the wrong, but one side was promoting hate and violence, and the other was promoting freedom and peace. No matter how you look at the situation, it should not have happened the way that it did. Mr. President Sir, you took an oath to uphold the Constitution of our country, that is pretty much all you have to do, and you have failed to do that simple thing.
Basically, the executive branch of government headed by the President and his Cabinet carries out constitutional laws and duties. The legislative branch made up of the Senate and House of Representatives makes the laws, while the judicial branch (the Supreme Court and federal courts) decides whether or not laws have been violated in light of the Constitution.   The United States Constitution is really a remarkable document. It is a monument to personal freedom. The Founding Fathers distrusted government, and they attempted to shackle political power when they adopted the Constitution. It restricts government to the primary responsibilities of providing for the common defense, maintaining domestic security and peace, and protecting individual rights. 

Some of you may think that the "Confederates" have freedom of speech and the right to assemble, and they do, that is not my argument. They do not have the right to promote violence. The other side had to defend themselves, or they may have ended up like Heather Heyer or Deondre Harris who was beaten with poles in a parking garage. I am scared about the way things are out of control, and this much violence over some statue and flags.  We can no longer allow any treasonous acts to go unpunished.The Constitution in no way states that you condone violence of a group spewing hatred for another group.  This small civil war was an act of treason and nothing less. The civil liberties of Heather were indeed trampled on, literally with a car. Who is defending her freedom of speech?How is her murder not an act of treason? Domestic security and peace, the right to assemble peacefully, and the Constitution are being mocked daily. We can not sit and watch shit happen and do nothing.

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