National Defense Authorization Act: Is This The Line In The Sand?
U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-01) said it this way, “Today, I voted against H.R. 1540, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 because I firmly believe federal government’s constitutional duty to provide for the common defense is not mutually exclusive to upholding civil rights granted to American citizens via the U.S. Bill of Rights.
“Under Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution, the defense of the American people is one of the federal government’s the primary constitutional functions. The national security of the United States is of utmost importance to me; however this vital work should not be done at the expense of the civil rights of American citizens.”
This is not a partisan issue, this is a fundamental stripping of American sacred rights under the pretense of national security. In fact, based on the interpretation of this proposed law by 150 national legislators and many law experts, I am risking my liberty by even speaking out about this travesty.
On the face of it, if not vetoed, this measure will end American Liberty as we know it. As it appears that President Obama will not likely veto this law (short of a miraculously politically motivated re-election move), 6:58 PM ET on December 14, 2011 will go down in history as the day America died.
I am not trying to be dramatic, but the implications are enormous. Consider this: prior to 1861, no one could have guessed that a portion of the United States would be under martial law from 1865 to 1877 with the military governing the former confederate states.
As a matter of fact, following Lincoln’s assassination in April 1865, president Andrew Johnson tried to follow Lincoln’s policies and appointed new governors in the summer of 1865. Johnson quickly declared that the war goals of national unity and the ending of slavery had been achieved, so that reconstruction was completed.
Republicans in Congress refused to accept Johnson’s terms, rejected the new members of Congress elected by the South, and in 1865–66 broke with the president.
A sweeping Republican victory in the 1866 Congressional elections in the North gave the Radical Republicans enough control of Congress that they overrode Johnson’s vetoes and began what is called “Radical Reconstruction” in 1867. Congress removed the civilian governments in the South in 1867 and put the former Confederacy under the rule of the U.S. Army.
This was an embarrassing and shameful time of retaliation, national humiliation, and exhibition of tyrannical powers against millions of Americans. Think twice if you think it can’t happen again.
In addition to the civilian voices warning against the adoption of this law, others warn of the potencial catastrophe that awaits including the Secretary of Defense, Director of National Intelligence, and both directors of the FBI and the CIA.
I have included the voting records of both houses as a reality check and so you can put this in your journals and show it to your children as the event that crossed the line from liberty to tyranny.
There is a line, it seems, that all governments eventually cross. It is a line that marks the point of no possible return to how things used to be. It is a line that once crossed, the new policies and positions must be “seen through to the end” to justify taking the bold step to begin with.
It is the line that Hitler crossed, the line that Lenin crossed and the line that Moa crossed. When it gets to this point, it is more about governmental self-preservation than protection of citizen-rights.
All I can do is hope that I am over reacting. But it may be that we have crossed the line and have completely entered the Twilight Zone, time will tell……very soon.
Here are the voting results for the National Defense Authorization Act from the Senate and the House of Representatives*:
HR 1540 – Voting Record
Yea: 86 Nay: 13
Conference Report Adopted (Senate)
FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 932
(Republicans in roman; Democrats in italic; Independents underlined)
H R 1540 RECORDED VOTE 14-Dec-2011 6:58 PM
QUESTION: On Agreeing to the Conference Report
BILL TITLE: To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2012 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes
—- AYES 283 —
|GaramendiGardnerGerlachGibbsGibsonGingrey (GA)GohmertGonzalezGrangerGraves (MO)Green, AlGreen, GeneGriffin (AR)
Jackson Lee (TX)
Lungren, Daniel E.
Sánchez, Linda T.
—- NOES 136 —
|AmashBaldwinBass (CA)BecerraBlumenauerBraley (IA)BucshonBurgessBurton (IN)CampbellCapuanoCarson (IN)Chaffetz
|Griffith (VA)GrijalvaHahnHarrisHastings (FL)HeinrichHincheyHinojosaHoltHondaHuelskampHuizenga (MI)Hurt
|PaynePencePetersPingree (ME)PolisPoseyPrice (NC)QuigleyRangelRibbleRichmondRoe (TN)Rohrabacher
—- NOT VOTING 14 —
|BachmannCobleDiaz-BalartFilnerGiffords||GutierrezJohnson, E. B.LaTouretteLynchMyrick||PaulPittsSanchez, LorettaYoung (FL)|
* This is all happening quickly, forgive me if my statistics are less that error free.