Many people trudged back to work today despite the fact that it was a Federal and State Holiday (wouldn’t want to miss out on the prepaid holiday resulting from the “Sunday Rule”.) I am sure that must have been started back when the early pioneers first started this country.
“Hey Olaf, why are you not chopping the trees down?”
“Oh silly Sven, don’t you know Sunday was Independence Day and the Monday after Independence Day is always a day off?”
“Well Olaf why didn’t you say so. Who did we get independent from?”
“Doesn’t matter to me, I joined something called a union last week. Things will be different from now on.”
“Maybe its just me Olaf, but sounds like you’ve lost your independence before you got it.”
And that’s how it all started.
Its an exciting time of the year. Everything is fresh and new and we all get a chance to live life to its fullest with the guarantees of the Constitution and freedoms promised to Americans. Wait, what? Had I heard about HR 1540 the President signed on New Years Eve?
For those of you still a little groggy from all your New Years Grog, here is a part of the speech:
Statement by the President on H.R. 1540
Today I have signed into law H.R. 1540, the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012.” 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. In hundreds of separate sections totaling over 500 pages, the Act also contains critical Administration initiatives to control the spiraling health care costs of the Department of Defense (DoD), to develop counterterrorism initiatives abroad, to build the security capacity of key partners, to modernize the force, and to boost the efficiency and effectiveness of military operations worldwide.”
Way down deep in the bill, it gives the President Fiat power to incarcerate American Citizens indefinitely with no legal recourse. Actually, by most scholarly accounts, you don’t have to be a terrorists to fall into this category. All you have to do is anything interpreted by the Justice Department or the Military as supporting the whole notion of terrorism.
I asked Sock Monkey to do a little research.
The little guy keeps a pocket copy in his library for just such occasions. (I used to let him use the internet until I started finding bookmarks I know I didn’t leave like “Play Monkey” and “Monkeys Gone Wild, Las Vegas”).
The Monk (as I call him sometimes… Socks reminds me of a bad experience I had back in the nineties) pointed out that in his little version of the Constitution, they have all these articles in the end that talk about Rights. It would seem like there are a whole bunch of rights outlined that are supposed to protect citizens from indefinite confinement without cause, right to having a safe and secure household, no excessive bail, and one even covering involuntary servitude. You have a right to a speedy trial.
The Monk also reminded me that prior to the last Presidential election we were all being lectured by the bug tall guy with a teleprompter about the higher and nobler calling of America to extend our basic freedoms and rights to everybody regardless of race, color, creed, country of origin, or amount of times they threaten to blow us up. In fact, they were going to close Gitmo, move the trials to New York city and have a new place to house them in Illinois (which conveniently enough was in the President’s home state).
But now they can arrest you or me. Without a warrant. Without probable cause. All you have to do is fall into a category that is threatening to the “security” of the United States. The military can hold you indefinitely.
I only have two questions.
Can you think of any single action that could bring the left and the right together at one time? Reading the blogs today, I was actually nodding my head when I read some blogs that I normally mock for being stupid.
If you are sworn to defend the Constitution of the United States, will you violate it to support this new order?
Sock Monkey reminded me that our freedoms have been paid for in the sacrifices of the men and women who served this country. Their blood still stains the pages of history even as some people are trying to re-write the books to suit their needs.
He also reminded me that the guy who signed this bill promised never to use it to arrest Americans in the manner provided. Didn’t he make a lot of other promises that he’s been having a heck of a time keeping?
Well, it is time to get back to work. The President and his family are winging their way home and should be back in the big house within the next day or two all tanned and excited about the coming year (I am talking about Bo of course…). It is kind of disappointing that he is not actually going to be doing anything presidential since he feels he needs the next 10 months to campaign. Can’t say as I blame him since the first three years haven’t gone according to plan. I have already been seeing posts here and there about him not having enough time to finish the fundamental change thing.
Congress should be back soon. If you are as interested as I am about this Midnight slaughter of promises to our veterans and military as well as catastrophic change in the Constitutional rights of every American, I encourage you to let them know. The Monk had a suggestion about the slogan we could use and I told him I would run it by you:
Stop Monkeying Around
With Our Liberty and Freedom
The little guy does have a great sense of humor.
By the way, I got a semi-anonymous email from Noel in North Dakota saying that Sock Monkey bears a strange resemblance to a person in high office in Washington DC. (Something about the ears). I would like to point out that Sock Monkey has a Red Pom Pom on his cap which clearly indicates his lifelong Conservative Republican leanings.
If that wasn’t proof enough, wouldn’t you agree that he knows the Constitution much better than any tall look alike in Washington DC. I mean he would have never signed HR 1540.