2nd District Democrat Rep Brad Ashford was apparently not part of the Democrat sleep over on the floor of the House of Representatives last night.
But Ashford says he was with them in spirit.
Ashford says he wants to, “prohibit suspected terrorists on the federal ‘no fly’ list from purchasing weapons that can be used to commit acts of violence against innocent civilians.”
He goes on to say, “Keeping guns out of the hands of terrorists is a commonsense way to strengthen our national security and ensure that acts of violence are not perpetrated on our communities.”
But that isn’t what the proposed bill does.
People on the No-Fly list aren’t “terrorists”.
They are people put on a list.
Some for good reasons. Some for NOT good reasons.
And the “not good reasons” part is why we have the 5th & 14th Amendments — the government can’t just deny a right (in this case, the 2nd Amednment) without due process. A bureaucrat putting you on a list, generally does not rise to that.
So it would be a nice idea for Ashford to consider what happens when you start to deny Constitutional rights just because someone is on a secret list.
Because you never know what will happen once you find YOURSELF on a list.
And then find out what rights Brad Ashford says you no longer have.
“I don’t think I was ready to be chair.”
Very interesting follow-up on Jane Kleeb’s Bernie Bros embarrassment at the NDP convention.
Finally, the OWH wrote about it — and the Los Angeles Times picked it up as well — and how the Bernie Bros were sooooooo sorry about what happened.
They claim it was a misunderstanding, and uh…. the Latino activist, Marta Nieves, they toppled will be reinstated.
But let’s hear HER side of it:
There was an attempt to put in place a person in the key leadership of the Latino Caucus through a less than procedurally proper manner. Non- members took over the process and elected someone who had never been a part of the caucus and had no knowledge of the positive, effective nature of the caucus leadership and function. This same plan was carried out through out the State Convention.
Now if you only read the LJS, you haven’t seen any of this, so Leavenworth St. is happy to help you.
Then again, the LJS did quote Jane before she changed her mind about running for chair:
“I know I need to learn the inner workings of the party before I would lead it.”
Looks like she was right.
President Obama’s confusion about what the Supreme Court does would be cute if he weren’t a lawyer.
So what’s shameless about the President is that he knows better. He says that the Supreme Court of the United States is somehow making a decision based on their social beliefs — or what the country is “supposed to be like”.
What a freaking crock.
It is Congress’s job to make laws. It is the President’s job to carry them out.
But in the end, the laws — and the edicts from the President — HAVE TO FOLLOW THE CONSTITUTION. If they don’t, SCOTUS tells them to knock it off.
The President may think it would be awesome to make Shintoism the religion of the country. He may think that is what our country needs.
Unfortunately, the Supreme Court would strike down such a Presidential edict.
And the gist of the recent Supreme Court ruling is also, that the President’s executive action here is an overreach of his executive authority.
So the President saying, “This ruling isn’t what our country should look like…” is actually, “The court won’t let ME decide what the laws are.”
Mind you, the President makes great exasperations about “the country we aspire to be,” but the courts here aren’t addressing that.
What they do address is Obama’s ability, under the Constitution, to decide unilaterally, what the laws should be and how they should operate.
And oh by the way, this decision, which looks at the Separation of Powers between the President and Congress, will come back to the SCOTUS…after the next President picks the next justice.
And President Obama is crying that if only Judge Garland could be confirmed by the Senate. he could get his way.
In case you were wondering how important the election is.
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