Thursday, August 03, 2023

Trump and the J6 Inditement: Assault on the Constitution?

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Most of us have heard that another---a third indictment has been filed against former President Trump.

A federal grand jury has indicted former President Donald Trump for his alleged efforts to overturn the election.

The grand jury voted on Tuesday to charge the former president with crimes related to the 2020 election and January 6, including conspiracy and obstruction charges.

Reading the charges, I'm wondering if this isn't more of an attack on the Constitution than Donald Trump?

Be informed, not misled.

Yesterday the Daily Wire "Morning Wire" said this:

Special Counsel Jack Smith says that ultimately Trump made “knowingly false claims” about the election and tried to “create an intense national atmosphere of mistrust and anger, and erode public faith in the administration of the election.”

Remember: The “knowingly false” claim is key because as even the indictment says, Trump is free to make all kinds of false claims about the election if he believes them.

“The indictment [says] the president spent months spreading false rumors and allegations of election irregularities,” George Washington Law Professor Jonathan Turley noted. “Really? Is that a criminal issue? I mean, is that the basis of this conspiracy?”

The indictment repeatedly claims that Trump and his “co-conspirators” either were told directly by sources that their election fraud claims were false, or that they simply didn’t have the hard evidence of it before taking action.

Trump responded to the indictment almost immediately, blasting Smith and accusing the Biden administration of weaponizing the Department of Justice to “interfere with the 2024 Presidential Election.”

When our Founding Fathers finally agreed on what the Constitution of the United States should say or not say, Benjamin Franklin stepped outside the building.

A nearby person recognized him and asked, "Mr. Franklin, what kind of country have you given us?"

His answer: "A Republic, if you can keep it."

The "knowingly false" statement raises the Constitutional issue regarding what people think and say.

Does Trump have the right to an opinion, and to express that opinion?

Do you have the right to think what you think about things, and to express those thoughts?

Assault on our Constitution?

Statistics and polling show that your world is shrinking, and not in a good way. Not only are basic freedoms under siege, but economic choices that many of us took for granted are slowly being taken away.  

When the Iron Curtain fell in 1989, there was a wave of optimism and excitement that freedom had been unleashed, and there would be no going back to totalitarianism. 

But along the way, something went wrong. Very wrong.

The Cato Institute says, "Global studies show that for most of the world, freedom has been in decline for many years. Add to that an economy consolidating under larger companies with consumers seeing their purchasing choices restricted."

There was once a sense that freedom was winning and expanding across the globe. Now the future is looking less free, with fewer rights and fewer choices about how we live our lives.

Shrinking liberty.

Attorney John Whitehead was a repeat guest on my daily television program back in the 1980s. John is with the Christian Civil Liberties Rutherford Institute.

Back in those days, he was talking about the vulnerability of our Constitution and our nation. Even during the Reagan Administration, which he supported, he warned of the dark actors behind the scenes working to take down our country.

Now John is taking a more radical view that the Constitution has been effectively terminated because so much of it is now regularly ignored.  

Why he believes the Constitution has been effectively terminated.

'SWAT Nation': A Standing Army on U.S. Soil?

He says the many heavily armed government agencies and local police forces constitute a standing army on US soil, ready to raid homes in violation of the fourth amendment.  

"The IRS has 4,500 guns, 5 million rounds of ammunition," Whitehead said. "The Veterans Administration has 11 million rounds of ammo. The Department of Health and Human Services, believe it or not, has 4 million rounds of ammo. The Social Security Administration has 800,000 rounds of ammo for their special agents and guns." 

Even NASA has a SWAT Team. Since 1980, SWAT raids have risen from 3,000 a year to 80,000. 

"Why do a lot of our police have to have grenade launchers and the MRAPs, which are tanks on tires, in communities of 5,000 people?" Whitehead asks," The Fourth Amendment's dead."

Whitehead notes that the First Amendment is also under siege.

He says, "The First Amendment, which was intended to protect speech the majority doesn't like, no longer prevents people from being censored, canceled, de-platformed, or even de-banked.

A Qualtrics study found that most Americans under the age of 30 favor censorship if free speech hurts someone's feelings. 

"Freedom of religion, freedom of association, all the First Amendment freedoms, they are overwhelmingly intolerant of these freedoms, said Rod Dreher, author of The Benedict Option. "They do not want to support free speech, freedom of religion, or anything like that if the exercise of those freedoms stands to hurt a vulnerable minority."

And the FBI continues to illegally spy on Americans, including politicians, another violation of the Fourth Amendment. 

Not only is liberty under siege, but our economic choices are narrowing. A study by the University of Chicago shows the growing dominance of large corporations over small businesses in many sectors of the economy.

Small business optimism is now at its lowest point in ten years. Nearly two in five small businesses could not pay their rent in May. 

Consumers are having choices taken away from them, especially if the product they want runs on fossil fuel, mainly because those in power support the belief in a man-made climate emergency.  

Energy analyst Dr. Marlo Lewis accuses Washington of trying to regulate the fossil fuel industry out of the economy.  

"This has put a big damper on capital investment in oil companies and natural gas companies. It's also made it very difficult for a coal company in particular, but even for a natural gas company to get a substantial loan from the banks," Lewis said.

Driving energy costs up and the reliability of the nation's power grid down. 


A Penn State poll found that most Americans believe they have lost more personal freedoms in the past 10 years than they have gained, while another survey found that one-third of Americans think having "a strong leader who doesn't have to bother with Congress or elections would be a good system of government." 

That's discouraging. And it's a product of a godless, secular, so-called "progressive" worldview being taught to several generations of America's children.

And the absence of pastors and people willing to take a stand for biblical values and principles in the culture.

Whitehead warns, "The average American has basically given up their rights. I mean they're violated every way across. And unfortunately, because we don't exercise them, we're losing them."

So what should we do?

Rutherford Institute, on the front page of their website, says, "Together we will make America Free Again."

Standing together with God, I believe we can make a difference in our world. And I'm certain that's God's will for His people.

Be salt and light. Take a stand. Let your light shine. Speak-up. 

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Engaged. Be Bold. Be Faithful. Be Prayerful.