Eight Democrat congressmen were arrested Tuesday for joining in a rally for “immigration reform” on the supposedly closed National Mall.
The Park Service allowed the rally on the Mall allegedly because it’s a First Amendment right.
Hmm. Seems to me that the First Amendment covers the right to assemble, along with speech and those others. So then that should mean any American can assemble with a couple of friends, family members or even their dogs on the National Mall, even though it’s closed, right?
How much do you want to bet that the Park Service will suddenly plead ignorance of the First Amendment if anyone who is not being rallied by a congressman should happen to wander onto the people’s Mall?
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY), Rep. Al Green (D-TX), Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Rep. Jan Schawkowsky (D-IL) and Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) were all arrested and charged with “crowding, obstructing, and incommoding” because their rabble blocked rush hour traffic.
The demonstrators were there to demand that Congress allow illegal aliens — i.e., lawbreakers — to obtain citizenship. In other words, they were there to support breaking the law and to demand rewards for those who do so. And eight congressmen were willing to subject themselves to arrest in order to make their point.
Now let’s compare this with another story this week, about the rally being planned by the Truckers Ride for the Constitution for this weekend, inspired by the motorcyclists who last month went to D.C. to oppose an expected Muslim rally on September 11.
The truckers had announced previously plans to rally in Washington this weekend and demonstrate against the government. The exact topic of the rally varies depending on which trucker is doing the talking. Some have said they are protesting the bad economy, some say Obamacare, some say the government shutdown, others say they want to protest low pay or some other labor mumbo jumbo.
Then there are the “dangerous” truckers. (Note the scare quotes.) These are the ones calling for an end to corruption, removal of lawmakers from office, the impeachment of President Obama and, oh yes, the arrest of a bunch of congressmen and other officials.
Too bad the Park Service already beat them to it. …
Then along comes a Georgia trucker named Earl Conlon, who says he’s an organizer of the event and goes and bends the ear of a reporter at U.S. News and World Report. Conlon says not only will the truckers demand the arrest of government officials based on an indictment by an unofficial citizens grand jury, but if law enforcement refuses to make the arrests, the truckers will do it themselves. Conlon adds that they will shut the city down by blocking traffic.
Up till that point, the truckers rally wasn’t anything that you couldn’t see in Washington dozens of times a year.
Someone must have gotten scared and then gotten on the phone to Democrats’ union supporters, because all of a sudden, the truckers didn’t know Conlon (even though they apparently, by their own admission, do), he wasn’t an organizer, heck he wasn’t even a trucker. Conlon, too, suddenly backed off, saying he was just trying to get the media to pay attention to the truckers, he didn’t really mean it, he lied like politicians do and so on.
Then came a few hours of panic where the rally was canceled, then it was back on, then it was canceled again, then it was back on again, but dadgummit, posting trolls threatened online commentators, it was going to be peaceful and how dare you yella journalists suggest otherwise, you musta made up the whole thing, heck there ain’t even a human being on the face of this planet named Conlon.
In between the hyperventilating and run-on sentences, the clear impression was given that someone in D.C. was applying pressure to the formerly daring truckers.
By the end of the day, Zeeda Andrews of ridefortheconstitution.org had plucked up enough courage to appear on Glenn Beck’s show to talk about the rally (which is still on) and the real reasons for it: “It has to do with the blatant disregard of our Constitution, the supreme law of this land. [The politicians] have to be held accountable just like me and you. If we break the law, we have to be accountable. So do they. They’re no different. Just because they’re in a higher place than we are, doesn’t mean that they’re not accountable.”
So let’s go to the scorecard for both cases, the immigration rally and the yet-to-happen truckers rally.
Used First Amendment to break lockdown and take over Mall.
Used First Amendment to advocate illegal activity.
Blocked traffic during rush hour, inconveniencing thousands.
Got Congressmen arrested.
Demonstrators were willing to put it all on the line to make their point.
Based on current mincing of words from various trucker “leaders,” will not break law in any way, First Amendment or no.
Had used First Amendment to call for arrest of officials involved in illegal activity, then backed off due to repercussions (liberal whining).
Seem unlikely to risk arrest for their cause.
Have backed off from suggestions they will block traffic.
Will probably just go to D.C. and make noise.
This, folks, is why we are losing America. The enemies of our nation’s traditions, history and culture don’t shrink from confrontation with the law, in fact probably count on it to get in the news. Meanwhile, we conservatives like to complain and moan, but mostly we’re too scared to take a real stand for fear that the liberals will say bad things about us.
When Conlon was spouting off to U.S. News about plans to arrest congressmen and other officials, he wasn’t saying anything that he’s not legally entitled to say. And if the truckers did go to D.C. and demand the arrest of government officials, they would be well within their rights.
Actually attempting a citizens arrest on public officials is trickier because the law certainly wouldn’t go along. They know who signs their paychecks.
But morally, the truckers would still be within their rights. Look into our country’s history. It says right in the Declaration of Independence that governments are formed by men to protect their rights and that when a government fails to perform that job, it is men’s right and duty to remove that government.
The power is ours, not the government’s.
Or at least it would be if we all had the nerve to act on what we say we believe, like the liberals do.
That, in a nutshell, is why they win and we lose.