Letter: Constitutionalists as domestic terrorists
Beginning in the 1960s, the Supreme Court drastically reinterpreted the First Amendment to guarantee the right to engage in subversive speech as political speech. Almost overnight, what was once construed as subversive and incitement became mere advocacy. Congress and the elites scoffed at the fears of communism penetrating our government and institutions. The statutory basis for excluding and deporting individuals based upon ideological beliefs regardless of their subversive tendencies were removed, gutted, at least in the demonstrable ties to terrorism, espionage or sabotage.
It is evident that the then-Supreme Court and Congress failed to grasp the true nature of the enemy. Since then our leadership has failed to understand the subversive influences that continue to threaten this nation and its people. It is hoped that the government might yet experience a Pogo moment where they might recognize the enemy as themselves.
America is becoming a near police state, while appearing to be dismissive of much of what constitutes an external threat. As Americans, we are witnessing a proliferation of law enforcement documents that list the Tea Party, gun owners, evangelical Christians and NRA members as potential terrorists.
The compact entered into more than 200 years ago has been reduced to distrust by government lying, paranoia and hostility towards its citizens. Should you believe otherwise, I urge you to think of a SWAT team crashing through your door as a result of acting on an erroneous report or address. Should you make the mistake of reaching for your eyeglasses, you might find yourself shot by a cop that felt threatened. America is now at the stage of demonstrable erosion of the Constitution that Constitutionalists are labeled as domestic terrorists.
Today’s government appears to distrust the people more than the corrosive ideologies that seek the destruction of our culture and law. Our borders remain open and subject to incursion and invasion from those corrosive elements, while the government appears to be preoccupied with the perception of a threat posed by law-abiding Americans.
These are dangerous times where the people are concerned with threats from abroad while being dismayed by the actions of a government that has misplaced the Constitution and rule of law.
Port Haywood, Va.