Bottom line: this Ain’t the Country We Thought It Was

DC prosecutor announces that the banana republicization of America is now officially complete » Cold Fury

Influencing our judgment in this case, among other things, is our recognition that the intent of the temporary possession and short display of the magazine was to promote the First Amendment purpose of informing an ongoing public debate about firearms policy in the United States, especially while this subject was foremost in the minds of the public following the previously mentioned events in Connecticut and the President’s speech to the nation about them.

Um, no; actually, that isn’t quite what he was doing. What he was doing was not “informing” anyone; he was mis-informing, trying to exacerbate general hysteria to obscure the truth about useless bans on Constitutionally-protected items in the course of advocating for a certain position, in direct contravention of his supposed “ethics” as a supposed “journalist.” He was, in effect, yelling “fire” in a crowded theater. Which, last I heard, was not Constitutionally-protected speech. Nor is openly, brazenly lying.

Mike notes yet another repulsive, ludicrous, totalitarian aspect of the horrible letter issued to David Gregory as his get-out-of-jail-free card.

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


Bottom line: this Ain’t the Country We Thought It Was — 6 Comments

  1. I recommend that all DC citizens who have firearms unlawful in the District carry them about as an expression of their support for the 2nd amendment, exercising their free speech rights in opposition of Mr. Gregory’s statements. Certainly they are entitled to the same immunity from prosecution, as they are engaged in precisely the same activity.

  2. I recommend that any Patriot who has the opportunity to sit on any jury in the District involving criminal charges simply assume that the government has failed to meet the burden of proof that it has met its’ obligations under the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses.

    I further recommend that they approach any case where someone put a bullet into employees (or their families) of the MPD or the OAG as a case of “justifiable homicide”.

    If these people really want to live in a world without the rule of law, let’s make sure they get their fill.

    • That’s a great idea, SDN, and I endorse it, but there are at least two problems. First, only a small fraction of criminal charges go to trial. Second, I have no faith in the government abiding by the non-finding of a hung jury. Among other tricks, the judge can throw out an “unreasonable, obstreperous” juror and replace him with an alternate. A mistrial may be declared. “Previously unrecognized” charges may be filed and to hell with double jeopardy. And of course, even a successful defense will bankrupt the average citizen, lose him his job, and likely lose him two years of his life waiting in jail for trial.

      • OK, then add two more points:

        Any offense you are accused of, demand a jury trial. They can’t refuse it.

        To your second point: Yes, they can and will try to do all of those things. Fine. All that should do is identify the targets for those of us not on trial. Put a spotlight on them.

        As for your last sentence: “our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.” When it comes to dealing with tyranny, those seem to be the only coin history will accept.

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