Democrat Congressman Brad Ashford of Omaha has sidled up to President Obama and declared that he wants to ban guns from people on the no-fly list.
Because screw due process and the 2nd Amendment!
In all the clamor about Trump and potential non-American immigrants, the Omaha metro’s Congressman — who is currently Brad Ashford, folks — wants to strip a Constitutional right from Americans who are put on some bureaucrat’s blacklist.
You’ll note that Nebraska’s 3rd District Congressman, Adrian Smith, remarks that this is nonsense.
Because the no-fly list has a bunch of names on it that aren’t double-checked, checked for doubles, cleared, etc. For instance, Senator Ted Kennedy was on that list, because of a double name. Stephen Hayes of The Weekly Standard and Fox News ended up on the list for unknown reasons.
One wonders what sort of issues former Nebraska football stars Ameer Abdullah and Abdul Muhammad might have.
Kevin Williamson of National Review writes about this today, and makes some excellent points…
The purpose of a list is, lest we forget, to be cleared. If Jim Bob is on your list of terrorist suspects, what do you do? Just sit on the list forever and think up new things that Jim Bob should not be allowed to do. (Exercise his First Amendment rights? Protest? Write a letter to the editor? Go to church?) No. You can: 1) Investigate until you have evidence of a crime and hand down an indictment; 2) clear him from the list after investigation; 3) come up with a specific rationale for continued surveillance. But that’s not what we’re doing. We’re just making eternal lists, which the Democrats intend to use for eternal harassment of their political rivals.
But what does Brad Ashford have to say about all of this?
The Democrats even have a new position on the ancient civil-rights issue of due process, and that position is: “F— you.” The Bill of Rights guarantees Americans (like it or not) the right to keep and bear arms; it also reiterates the legal doctrine of some centuries standing that government may not deprive citizens of their rights without due process. In the case of gun rights, that generally means one of two things: the legal process by which one is convicted of a felony or the legal process by which one is declared mentally incompetent, usually as a prelude to involuntary commitment into a mental facility. The no-fly list and the terrorism watch list contain no such due process. Some bureaucrat somewhere in the executive branch puts a name onto a list, and that’s that. The ACLU has rightly called this “Kafkaesque.”
And in case you were wondering…
The murdering woman in San Bernardino was traveling the world on a Pakistani passport and had spent a great deal of time in Saudi Arabia before all but announcing her intentions on Facebook with her public declaration of allegiance to the Islamic State. That loon didn’t make it onto anybody’s no-fly list, but we’re giving the hairy eyeball to guys from Wauwatosa, Wisc., writing biographies of Dick Cheney. Well-done, Secret Agent Jackass, here’s a new decoder ring.
Just so we are clear, Donald Trump is a currently unelected businessman. He can’t change any laws, by fiat or by legislation.
But Brad Ashford is in the highest lawmaking body of the land.
And HE is proposing ignoring Due Process and stripping many presumably innocent people of their Constitutional Rights (and not “gun control” as the OWH writes it).
Just like the President.
Oh and by the way, this is the extent of any new plans they have for defeating ISIS.
Don’t be surprised when the talk in the Legislature — and potentially the November ballot — becomes pot, pot and more pot.
As noted here and elsewhere, State Senator Tommy Garrett is pushing for medical marijuana use in Nebraska.
The main knock against it is that it will eventually go the way of some sort of dispensaries or meld into recreational use a la Colorado.
And Attorney General Doug Peterson is stepping up his efforts to fight any recreational use plan like Colorado’s from coming to Nebraska.
What will be interesting to see is whether Peterson or the Governor make a political slide to allow medicinal use while still fighting recreational use. One would think it is not a difficult position, but it will take some maneuvering to placate any of those who feel like giving in to one is the same as the other.
I still think many people would be surprised to know that Marinol, a synthetic cannabinoid used to treat or prevent nausea and vomiting caused by cancer medicines, is a legal drug in the entire country.
The local chemists will tell you that it is very different from marijuana for a number of reasons. Nonetheless, it would seem to start you down the road of legalization.
Don’t know where they will be going on this, but it will be an interesting discussion to watch.
What color will Pete wear?
Creighton vs Nebraska basketball tonight.
Always a hoot of a game.
And the Jays have had Lil’ Red’s number for the past 4 years.
But one would think Nebraska is going to have a little more moxie in their step to stop this trend. And the Jays are coming off 2 hard losses, where they are still searching for their winning form.
Boy if the Huskers can’t get up to pull off a win in front of 18K in Omaha, not sure when it’s gonna happen…
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